Vice Principal (Teaching Learning & Assessment)

Goldwyn School, Ashford, Kent


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 15, £57,986 to £63,975

Job summary

Responsible to: Principal

Salary Scale: L15-L19

Hours of work: As outlined in the Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document

To be met in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and conditions document and within the range of teachers’ duties set out in that document and the professional standards for teachers.

Overall Responsibilities:
• To maintain and further develop outstanding teaching, learning and assessment at all Goldwyn Centres.
• With the Principal and Vice-Principal (Inclusion), to give strategic support to the development of Goldwyn Sixth Form College.
• To deputise for the Principal in her absence.

Core Responsibilities:
• To lead on teaching, learning & assessment across the whole school promoting high quality learning opportunities and the highest possible outcomes for students.
• To continue to build on the strong creative, innovative and strong pastoral ethos of the school and its centres.
• To value each child’s learning experience and actively promote inclusion.
• To drive and inspire a passion for learning in every member of the school community.
• To bring a wide range of personal skills and creative solutions to all relationships - with students, staff, parents, governors and the wider community.
• To support the Principal in the strategic leadership, management and development of the school
• To be a role model to all stakeholders and respond to situations in a prompt and considered way that promotes Goldwyn School at all times.
• To maintain an achievement culture that promotes excellence, equality and diversity and high expectations of students and staff.
• To evaluate performance to identify and implement priorities for continuous improvement and to raise standards.
• To ensure and develop effective leadership and management to secure success for all.
• To contribute and lead on aspects of the School Development Plan
• To provide direction and robust challenge and support for Teaching Learning & Assessment Managers and Centre Leads.

Working with the Principal and Leadership Team to provide leadership for Goldwyn School, which secures its success and continuous improvement, ensures high quality education for all its students and the highest standards of learning and achievement in accordance with statutory requirements.

Specific Vice Principal (Teaching, Learning & Assessment) Responsibilities:
• To assist the Principal to formulate aims and objectives and whole school policies for their implementation, taking account of the wider role of the school.
• To contribute to the School Development Plan in line with the school's aims and objectives completing the relevant sections that focus specifically on teaching and learning that lead to improved outcomes for students.
• To construct, monitor and develop the quality of education in each Goldwyn pathway, working closely with the Principal, and senior managers to ensure balance, relevance, sequence, appropriate equity and breadth.
• To lead on the evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching, learning and assessment and help use the results to initiate any necessary development. Encourage, develop and motivate teamwork within the school. Maintain clear aims and a sense of purpose by encouraging a process of identifying and meeting targets.

Main Professional Duties
• To co-ordinate the teaching of and associated practical activities within the school, including the writing of curriculum documents that reflect high quality practice and satisfies the needs of students who exhibit social, emotional and mental health difficulties within the school.

• To ensure a continuous and consistent school-wide focus on students’ achievement, using data and benchmarks to monitor progress.
• To regularly monitor all teachers’ planning/preparing courses and lessons.
• Target setting for staff, through monitoring and reporting on the standards achieved within all subject areas.
• To regularly monitor the assessing, recording and reporting on the behaviour, academic progress and attainment of all students to all relevant parties (eg OFSTED, SIA, Governing Body.)
• To regularly monitor the teaching programmes to include whole school strategies in literacy, numeracy, key skills, computing and citizenship in accordance with school policies.
• To set high expectations and set stretching targets for the whole school community.
• To monitor, evaluate and review school practice and promote improvement strategies.
• To tackle under-performance at all levels for students and staff.
• To be responsible for teachers’ CPD and initial teacher training.

Other Activities:
• To promote the general progress and well-being of individual students.
• To support the careers leader with the development of CEIAG across the school.
• To carefully monitor and analyse accurate records of academic progress and reports on the personal/social needs of the students.
• To participate in meetings arranged for any of the purposes described in this job description.
• To liaise with external agencies as and when required.
• To attend Ksent Leadership group meetings.
• To work within the school’s complaints procedure to manage complaints from parents and other sources.
• To be responsible for the strategic management of examinations, including supporting centre Examination Officers and vocational course quality nominees.
• To have strategic responsibility for the school’s website
• To have strategic responsibility for the school’s bespoke management information system and assessment systems.
• To act as senior management lead for Health and Safety, liaising with estates management team, and monitoring school visits.
• To support centre managers with staff, student and parent meetings, including conduct and investigations.

Performance Management:
• To participate in arrangements made in accordance with Goldwyn school policy for performance management.

Educational Methods:
• To advise and cooperate with the Principal on the preparation and development of courses of study, teaching materials, programmes, methods of teaching and assessment and pastoral arrangements.
• To follow the “Teachers’ Standards” at all times and maintain these standards across the school.

Discipline, Health and Safety:
• To maintain good order and discipline among the students using the schools Behaviour Policy, Code of Conduct, safeguarding students’ health and safety both in the school and on authorised off-site activities.
• To promote and safeguard the welfare of all students within the School, by ensuring that the School’s policies and procedures relating to safeguarding children and child protection are fully implemented and followed by all staff; resources are allocated to allow staff to discharge their responsibilities; and that staff, students, parents and others feel able to raise concerns and that these are addressed sensitively and effectively.
• To promote equality of opportunity for all students and staff, being mindful of all forms of discrimination and disability legislation and to ensure that Goldwyn maintains its inclusive ethos.

Public Examinations:
• To participate in arrangements for preparing students for the purposes of public examination, and the supervising of such examinations.

• To support staff and to run CPD sessions where necessary.

• Strategic responsibility for I.T. resources and infrastructure – liaising with Lead Technician and SBM.

This job description is not a comprehensive definition of the post. Discussions will take place on a regular basis, as part of staff Performance Management, to clarify individual responsibilities within the school.

Essential educational requirements

A demonstrable understanding of disadvantage, complex needs and inclusion
Experience of working with Secondary age students and curriculum
Experience of working with SEMH students
Experience of working with KS5 students and curriculum - Desirable
A proven history as an outstanding teacher

Essential qualifications

Suitably Qualified
Experienced senior leader
High level of ICT skills and software including MIS

Essential skills and experience

Highly motivated and enthusiastic
High expectations of staff
Experience of using performance management systems and coaching models effectively
Proven ability to successfully lead and innovate Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Commitment to continuously improving all aspects of school performance
Good sense of humour
Experience of leading staff and generating a positive team ethos
Excellent organisational skills
Proven ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
Ability to problem solve whilst modelling calm confidence and a sense of proportion
An eye for detail and quality assurance
Excellent interpersonal skills, including written, oral and presentation
Confidence working with staff, senior leaders, outside agencies, the local authority and the school inspection process
Compassionate, empathic and considerate
Experience of introducing new initiatives and managing change effectively
Evidence of substantial and sustained record of school improvement

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Special School
Education phase Not Applicable
School size 159 pupils enrolled
Age range 10 to 16
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Goldwyn School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

About Goldwyn School

School location

Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BT