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Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum Development

Key accountabilities (and specific duties / responsibilities):

  • Deputise for the Headteacher in their absence, acting in accordance with the Head of Academy’s Standards 2020 and under the direction and support of the Co-op Academies Trust

  • Inspire, motivate and influence colleagues and pupils, in securing the highest standards of education and raising outcomes for pupils

  • Lead by example and be dedicated to working and succeeding as a team

  • Have high expectations and be accountable for raising standards through leadership of academy improvement areas

  • Engage all relevant stakeholders collaboratively in the development of the provision

  • Demonstrate effective and creative leadership of teams in order to secure sustainable academy improvement

  • Provide strategic leadership across the academy for delegated areas of responsibility ensuring these areas are prioritised and effective

  • Identify and develop colleagues, supporting them to develop professionally and prepare them for future success in their career

  • Promote and model the principles of the academy and Trust’s ‘ways of being’.

  • Professionally and dynamically implement the policies of Co-op Academies Trust under the guidance of the Human Resources department

  • Be a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) for safeguarding and child protection in line with the expectations of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)

Core Duties

  • Be a key member of the senior leadership team in order to support strategic development

  • Develop plans that contribute to the overall Academy Development Plan

  • Develop, implement and maintain whole academy consistent strategies that support the delivery of a high quality standard of education and achieves positive outcomes for all pupils

  • Provide access to expertise and professional development for staff, through formal and informal approaches to training and CPD

  • Lead and develop a team in order to raise attainment and secure academy improvement.

  • Lead on developing, organising and implementing the curriculum and its assessment; monitor and evaluate in order to identify and act on areas for improvement;

  • Ensure that all curricula are personalised, engaging and highly differentiated to meet individual needs and that teaching styles match these needs;

  • Have expert knowledge of national curriculum trends, issues and changes;

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

  • Lead by example and take a leading role in developing leadership in others, through the CPD programme

  • Be an excellent role model for all members of staff and students and to maintain a positive and visible presence around the academy

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

  • Ensure procedures are understood and followed in order to safeguard our students and colleagues

  • Be responsible for the line management of leaders and teams as identified by the Headteacher


Specific Duties

  • Be accountable for measuring, monitoring, evaluating and improving standards within the academy

  • Fulfil the duty of a Deputy Headteacher to act as a 'Person in Charge' by managing daily operations when necessary

  • Ensure that there is a robust team approach to quality assurance and that it leads to improved outcomes

  • Develop the distributive leadership model and maximise the contribution and collaboration of all staff

  • Lead on admissions and transitions within the academy, working collaboratively with the Local Authority and other agencies to do so

  • Implement systems and processes to enable the academy to have the resources in place to meet pupil needs

  • Work collaboratively with external agencies and the wider community to ensure the holistic needs of pupils are met

  • Work collaboratively with our Trust to secure an exceptional quality of education for pupils

Professional expectations

  • Prioritise systems in the academy that secure outstanding safeguarding

  • Demonstrate consistent compliance with academy policies, codes of conduct etc.

  • Consider all staff's interests equally & respond to staff fairly and with regard to academy priorities

  • Use all means to overcome barriers to pupil progress

  • Support the professional development of colleagues

  • Participate in professional development opportunities

  • Model the Ways of Being Co-op for staff and students in their areas of responsibility:

    • Do what matters most

    • Be yourself always

    • Show you care

    • Succeed together


The Application Process

Closing date for applications:  Thursday 7th March at 9am.

How to apply 

Visit to download an application form. 

Completed applications should be emailed to  before the closing date and time.  Please ensure that you complete and submit Part A and Part B of the application form.