Unfortunately the close date for this position has now passed.
Group 3 L15 - 21. £52,900 - £61,288 + Honorarium (until March 2013, after which at GB discretion)
Contract TimeFull time
Hours per Week32.5
CRB CheckA CRB check is required
Responsible to the School’s Governing Body and through the Director of Children’s Services as the professional Head of the Service to the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley.
Due to the relocation of our current headteacher, we are looking for a creative and inspirational Headteacher to lead an outstanding school and children’s centre in Dudley central. You will be able to build on the strengths of a school and children’s centre which has become an integral part of the community. Woodside prides itself in serving the children and families of the locality. We need someone who shares the same ethos and values of ’narrowing the gap’ for all. We aim for children and their families in becoming successful individuals, confident learners and responsible citizens.
The school and children’s centre seek:
* an experienced school leader with exceptional strategic and interpersonal skills
* an emotionally intelligent individual with a focus on raising standards for all
*someone able to motivate, manage and inspire staff and pupils to maximise their potential
* an individual committed to raising attainment and achievement within an inclusive environment
*a leader strongly committed to working in partnership with staff, governors, parents / carers, other agencies and the wider community
* be energetic and enthusiastic with a vision to develop a successful school and children’s centre.
You will have:
* an outstanding proven track record of raising standards of achievement as a classroom practitioner
* leadership qualities which demonstrate exceptional outcomes for individuals
* the ability to develop the curriculum and build the team for 2013
* the ability to continue to embed the School & Children’s Centre ethos, values and high expectations whilst leading the School through a period of growth
* the time and resource to develop and capacity-build staff and learners to maximise their individual potential
* the vision to deliver a creative and enriched curriculum
* the energy and enthusiasm to become part of a global community of business, educational and charitable partners
This is an exceptional opportunity to work within a vibrant and lively atmosphere, and a supportive setting.
Childrens Services (Woodside Community School and Children’s Centre)
Governing Body and the Director of Children’s Services.
Purpose of the Job
As Headteacher you are responsible for ensuring all necessary provisions, orders and regulations of the Education Acts 1944 to date – plus delegated schemes for local funding of schools & children’s centres.
• To work with the Governing Body
• To lead and manage staffing, organisation, curriculum and discipline
• To lead and manage human, financial and physical resources
• To maintain good community relationships
• To maintain personal and professional development
• To secure Accountability
Strategic Direction and Development of the School and Children’s Centre:
• To lead by example and provide inspiration and motivation to the School & Children’s Centre community
• To continue the development of the core principles, the ethos and policies of the School & Children’s Centre which promote high levels of achievement and meet equality objectives
• To create and implement a strategic School Improvement Plan, underpinned by sound financial planning, within the national and local context, which identifies priorities and targets for ensuring that pupils achieve high standards and that teaching is effective
• To support all staff in achieving the priorities and targets which the School & Children’s Centre sets for itself and provide them with the motivation to supports its aims
• Ensure that the management of the school & Children’s Centre, including finance and administration, supports the School & Children’s Centre’s policies, its vision and aims
• Monitor and review all aspects of attainment, priorities, targets and policy and take necessary action.
Teaching and Learning:
• Create an environment which secures effective learning across the breadth of the National Curriculum and other legal requirements, for all pupils, which promotes high standards of achievement, behaviour and discipline
• Determine and organise the curriculum and monitor and evaluate its effectiveness
• Monitor the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievements including the analysis of performance data
• Develop links with parents & carers, other schools, educational establishments and the wider community, including business and industry, in order to enhance teaching and learning and pupils’ personal development
• Create an effective partnership with parents & carers and the wider community
• Contribute, as appropriate, to the teaching in the school
Leading and Managing Staff:
• Develop positive working relationships with and between all staff and governors
• Implement and sustain effective strategies for the management of all staff
• Plan, evaluate and support the work of groups of staff, delegate appropriately and clearly evaluate outcomes
• Enable staff to develop expertise in their respective roles through the identification of needs, ensuring an effective programme of access to continuing professional development
• Enable performance management systems to operate effectively and to engage with appraisal requirements of the Headteacher and relevant staff
• Sustain personal and staff motivation
Effective Deployment of Staff and Resources / Buildings
• Work with governors and colleagues to recruit high quality staff
• Ensure that all staff and governors understand their respective roles and responsibilities
• Deploy and develop staff to make most effective use of their skills, expertise and experience and to ensure the effective management of the School & Children’s Centre in the absence of the Headteacher
• Manage and organise the use of the School & Children’s Centre accommodation efficiently and effectively
• Supervise the security and maintenance of equipment, buildings and grounds and the implementation of health and safety regulations.
• Manage and organise relevant groupings of children to ensure effective teaching and learning takes place and that the children’s personal development needs are met
• Establish priorities for expenditure and monitor the effectiveness of spending within the financial regulations of the LEA
• Monitor the use of resources with a view to achieving value for money, within the School & Children’s Centre’s financial context.
• Provide information and advice to the governing body so that it can meet its responsibilities and ensure proper accountability throughout the School, Children’s Centre & Nursery.
• Ensure that the financial accounts of the School, Children’s Centre & Nursery are maintained according to financial regulations and that the governing body is effectively informed to enable it to be appropriately accountable
• Create an ethos in which all staff recognise their accountability
• Account for the School & Children’s Centre’s performance data to internal and external agencies through the analysis and performance data and appropriate reporting, use such analysis to inform planning at all levels
• Provide relevant information about all aspects of the School & Children’s Centre to parents & carers, the community and other interested parties
• Ensure that the School & Children’s Centre meets all legal requirements in relation to equal opportunities legislation and that the School & Children’s centre puts policy into practice
• Ensure that the School & Children’s Centre complies with all statutory requirements relating to the provision of education and other relevant legislation e.g. The Children Act
Whilst the following areas are integral to the above job description it is worth highlighting them:
Continue with the implementation of the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.
Ensure that Woodside School, Children’s Centre & Little Bears Nursery continue to be seen as one organisation promoting the same ethos and values.
Maintain & develop good links with the community and reach area.
Please Note: This job description will be reviewed regularly and may be amended at any time following discussion between the governing body and the Headteacher
* Has successfully held the post of Headteacher or Deputy level in a Primary School
* Has had experience of senior leadership and management
* Has had experience of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Primary classroom teaching
* Has had experience of leading financial management
* Can show the ability to manage change successfully
* Can show the successful delivery against an agreed strategic plan
* Qualified teacher status registered with GTC
* A degree or relevant professional qualification
* NPQH - National Professional Qualification in Headship is no longer a necessity but would be an advantage
* Evidence of recent professional development or in service training
Shaping the Future of the School and Children’s Centre:
* Has knowledge of ways to build, communicate and implement a shared vision
* Has knowledge of strategic planning processes
* Can show evidence of positively leading and managing change
* Be able to set, monitor and achieve challenging goals and targets.
Leading Learning and Teaching:
* Has a good understanding of the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum
* Has the ability to place Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum requirements within a broad and balanced curriculum
* Has an understanding of effective inclusion strategies
* Has a sound understanding of how children learn and effective teaching methods
* Has the ability to analyse and interpret information from many sources
Developing Self and Working with Others:
* Is able to be reflective and to prioritise
* Has effective communication skills both in writing and in speech
* Has the ability to use IT as a management tool
* Possesses integrity and is consistent, fair and honest
* Able to work with and relate to children both within and out of the classroom
Managing the Organisation
* Has a knowledge of project management for planning and implementing change
* Has a knowledge of policy of practice creation through consultation and review
* Has an understanding of strategic financial planning, budgetary management and the principles of best value
* Has the ability to lead performance management and staff development
* Has a knowledge a personnel, governance, security and access issues
* Has a knowledge of current legislation and developments in education
* Has an understanding of health and safety responsibilities
* Has a good understanding of Child protection protocols and requirements
* Can make appropriate use of performance data and contextual information to inform the Governing Body
* Is fully aware of all aspects of safeguarding
* Is fully conversant with statutory educational frameworks including governance
* Can show an understanding of the importance of community cohesion
* Can show an understanding of the work of other agencies and the opportunities for collaboration
* Can show experience of working with the community
* Can show experience of extra curricular activities
* Is able to and can show evidence of collaboration and networking with other school and agencies
Personal qualities and attributes
Shaping the Future of the School and Children’s Centre:
* The ability to develop the vision for the School and Children’s Centre and build on existing strengths
* The ability to articulate a strong, clear aspirational vision for eth school as an ’outstanding school’ and how to sustain this status
* The ability to lead the Children’s Centre successfully through its first Ofsted inspection
* Can build relationships with other schools and outside agencies
* Is capable of ensuring that all involved in the school and children’s centre are committed to its aims and are accountable in meeting long, medium and short term objectives set too sustain school and children’s centre improvement.
Leading Learning and Teaching
* Has a track record of assessing monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching standards and the delivery of the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum.
* Has evidence of using data, benchmarks and feedback to monitor progress in children’s learning and to adapt practices to meet the personalised learning needs of every child.
* Has the ability to acknowledge excellence and challenge poor performance across the school.
Developing Self and Working with Others:
* Can show proven team building skills
* Is committed to the continual development of all in the school community
* Is able to give effective feedback and act to improve personal performance
* Can collaborate with others including colleagues, governors and other agencies including the Local Authority.
* Is authoritative, confident, enthusiastic and excited by challenge
Managing the Organisation
* Has the ability to lead school improvement with the use of high level data analysis skills
* Is able to challenge, influence and motivate others within an open equitable culture and to engage stakeholders in self evaluation
* Can sustain an existing collaborative ethos in which teams and individuals can excel
* Is sympathetic to the current strengths of the school and children’s centre
* Has the confidence to delegate, empower others and build capacity.
* Is able to held self and others to account
* Can lead and engage the school community in the rigorous self evaluation of the work of the school and children’s centre
* Has the ability to form excellent relationships with parents and carers, staff, governing body and community
* Can show evidence of effective team work within the school and with external bodies
* Listens well and responds well with respect
* Is able to and can show evidence of collaboration and networking with other schools and agencies
* Is able to and can show evidence of, maintaining relationships within the School and Children’s Centre and the community at large.
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