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Assistant Headteacher- Pastoral

Purpose of role: 

As Assistant Headteacher you will be part of the Senior Leadership Team and under the direction of the Headteacher, you will take a role in: 

  • Establishing and implementing whole-school systems for pupil wellbeing and be responsible for the strategic direction / work of the Pupil Welfare Team;

  • Conducting  pupil voice surveys to ensure they feel happy and safe in school, championing the importance of pupil voice to other members of the senior leadership team;

  • Providing staff with training and support so they can play a part in enhancing pupils’ personal development; 

  • Compiling reports for pupil support committee -  respond to data trends:  behaviour, attendance and safeguarding issues, policies;

  • Developing strategies for ensuring inclusion, diversity and access;

  • Ensuring students receive the most appropriate and effective interventions to promote their personal well-being, monitoring the effectiveness of this on pupil progress;

  • Taking direct responsibility for the education, progress and reporting of CLA students;

  • Refreshing knowledge and skills so remain up to date with any developments relevant to the role.

Key accountabilities (and specific duties / responsibilities):

  • Be a key member of the Leadership Team in order to support strategic development

  • Develop and implement whole school strategies that ensure a high quality education for all pupils and that they fulfil their potential

  • Lead by example; being an excellent role model and take a leading role on developing others through our CPD programme

  • Ensure all Safeguarding procedures are implemented in order to safeguard all stakeholders

  • Strategically ensure that all pupils have access to the resources they require to fully meet their needs

  • Contribute to the School Development Plan and quality assure the intent, implementation and impact of initiatives to actively move the school forward

  • Ensure performance management targets are ambitious and that staff are supported to meet targets and are held to account

  • Measure, monitor, evaluate and improve standards across school

  • Collect and use a rich set of data to understand the strengths and weakness of the school and action plan to improve outcomes as a result

  • Promote equality for all pupils, creating and promoting positive strategies to ensure all pupils can access a quality education

  • Support the evaluation of the effectiveness of related policies and developments and analyse their impact on pupil achievement;

  • Quality assure all aspects of responsibility areas to ensure improved outcomes

  • • To comply with any reasonable request from the Headteacher to undertake work of a similar level not specified in this job description. 

  • • To be an excellent role model for all members of staff and students and to maintain a positive and visible presence around the school. 

  • • To lead by example and to take a lead role in developing leadership in others, including through the role of line manager.

Safeguarding/ DDSL Responsibilities:

  • Uphold the Safeguarding culture of the school, ensuring all policies are adhered to and safeguarding practice is robust

  • Ensure the school’s Child Protection policies are shared, understood and utilised appropriately throughout school

  • Line manage DSO’s, pupil welfare and attendance leads

  • Ensure all pupils have a voice and that their feels are always taken into consideration when devising supportive plans and implementing measures to protect them

  • Provide advice and support to other staff on pupil welfare and child protection matters

  • Lead strategy discussions and multi-agency meetings and support other staff to do so 

  • Refer suspected cases to relevant agencies and support staff to comply with their mandatory reporting duties in cases where FGM has been identified

  • Ensure that all staff involved in direct case work of vulnerable children, where there are child protection concerns/issues, have access to regular safeguarding supervision

  • Inform the Deputy headteacher/Headteacher of any issues, and liaise with local authority officers and relevant professionals for child protection concerns as appropriate. 

  • Provide reports as required for meetings and contribute to the preparation, implementation and review of plans as appropriate.

  • Ensure representation at appropriate inter-agency meetings such as Initial and Review Child Protection Conferences and Planning and Core Group meetings as well as Family Support Meetings.

  • Monitor the single central record and ensure it complies with all relevant legislation

  • Implement and update the annual policy and the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education documents

  • Complete the Annual Safeguarding report (ARM) 

  • Liaise with governors, but in particular directly with Safeguarding governor

  • Model best practice and uphold the principles of confidentiality and data protection at all times

Attendance Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of staff to ensure improved whole school attendance and that personalised plans are in place for pupils as appropriate
  • Ensure effective and efficient systems are in place for monitoring attendance

  • Analyse whole-school data on attendance to inform improvement strategy

  • Lead and monitor strategies to improve attendance

  • Develop pupil engagement in activities that promote positive attendance

Community Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain effective relationships with parents, carers, partners and the community, that enhance the education of all students;

  • Play a major part in community developments

  • Provide the school’s strategic perspective to the SILC cluster – commissioned services etc.;

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Establish and implement whole-school systems for pupil wellbeing and responsible for the strategic direction / work of the Pupil Welfare Team;

  • Conduct pupil voice surveys to ensure they feel happy and safe in school, championing the importance of pupil voice to other members of the senior leadership team;

  • Provide staff with training and support so they can play a part in enhancing pupils’ personal development; 

  • Compile reports for pupil support committee -  respond to data trends:  behaviour, attendance and safeguarding issues, policies;

  • Develop strategies for ensuring inclusion, diversity and access;

  • Ensure students receive the most appropriate and effective interventions to promote their personal well-being, monitoring the effectiveness of on pupil progress;

  • Take direct responsibility for the education, progress and reporting of CLA students;

  • Refresh knowledge and skills so remain up to date with any developments relevant to the role.

Note: whilst we’ve tried very hard to outline the main responsibilities and duties of the post, the above is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities. A document such as this does not permit every item of the day-to-day role to be specified in detail, particularly as this will vary depending on the specific needs of the pupil(s) you are working with.

Also, roles will naturally evolve and job descriptions will be reviewed with jobholders and updated periodically to reflect this. 

The Application Process

Closing date for applications:  Tuesday 12th March at 9am.

How to apply 

Visit coopacademies.co.uk/vacancies to download an application form. 

Completed applications should be emailed to brie-recruitment@coopacademies.co.uk  before the closing date and time.  Please ensure that you complete and submit Part A and Part B of the application form.