Head Teacher

Witham Prospect School
Lincoln, UK
21 Aug 2019
01 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Duties and Specific Responsibilities

Managing and Leading the School

·The head teacher will be the named person responsible for Witham Prospect School Information and Evaluation Forms.

·Develop a school ethos which enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes.

·Take a lead in managing an effective staffing budget including staffing of classes daily and the management of absence.

·Ensure there are sufficient numbers of suitably qualified staff allocated appropriately to meet pupils needs at all times. Implement company policy and procedures in relation to managing absence, disciplinary, capability and grievance matters.

·Provide information, guidance and ongoing supervision to enable staff to effectively and safely carry out their roles. Carry out appraisals and monitoring of staff performance.

·Ensure all emergency 'on-call' issues are dealt with effectively, such as covering calls either directly or indirectly when staff are sick or absent.

·Participate in and take responsibility with the Education Management Team for Professional development and training within the Education Department.

·Ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is effective and consistent leading to improved standards of learning and outcomes for all students.

·Ensure that the quality of lesson planning and the use of assessment are key elements in securing high quality teaching and learning.

·Contribute to, implement and report on Witham Prospect School's planning regime that develops innovative education, social care and therapeutic strategies which contributes to Witham Prospect School's continuous improvement.

·Take a lead role in working with teachers and other professionals to develop the curriculum, including the personalised and 24-hour curriculum and ensure appropriate balance and relevance.

·Make decisions in relation to pupil grouping and staffing.

·Support the daily management of resources as required.

·Share responsibility for the implementation and management of the performance management process.

·Ensure a clear agreed teaching and learning policy that reflects Witham Prospect School's aims, taking account of the need for a collaborative planning cycle which reflects high quality long, medium and short term planning involving all staff.

·Take a leading role in Witham Prospect School's open days also when families of our pupils are invited to join us for a family day.

·Promote and maintain a safe, caring, welcoming, happy and stimulating learning environment.
  • Maintain full and accurate records and reporting systems in accordance with legal requirements and to ensure the effective running of the business.
  • Implement quality management and improvement systems. Effectively manage complaints and incidents. Carry out investigations relating to the quality of the service and use findings to make improvements.
  • Undertake training and development to keep up to date with the law, best practice and changes in Witham Prospect School policy. Apply this knowledge to day to day management and delivery of Education and Care.
  • Keep all information about pupils and their families secure and confidential.

Leading, Learning, Teaching and Assessment

·Maintain strategic oversight of learning and progress.

·Ensure the effective orchestration of Witham Prospect School's provision.

·To maximise the achievement and development of all pupils.

·Maintain a secure, caring and realistically challenging learning environment.

·Liaise with all staff to ensure that the individual needs and aspirations of all pupils are identified accurately and provided for coherently and consistently to maximise progress and achievement.

·Ensure that the complementary nature of the 24-hour curriculum maximises the achievement of all pupils with respect to the outcomes of 'Every Child Matters'.

·Contribute to monitoring and reviewing admissions including co-ordinating visits to the young people's current placements and families.

·Support transition strategies for leavers from Witham Prospect School ensuring appropriate transition plans are in place which best serve those young people.

·Ensure there is a common understanding and agreement of the essential characteristics of a good lesson amongst all teaching staff and that these characteristics are regularly and consistently applied in all lesson planning and teaching.

·Ensure all staff regularly employ an appropriate range of teaching strategies to maintain pace and actively engage all pupils.

·Plan a comprehensive programme of lesson observation to ensure quality and consistency with a process which shares best practice.

·Ensure all lessons take into account the learning needs of specific pupils, and an appropriate challenge is evident to ensure all pupils make good progress taking into account the range of ability within each group.

·Ensure assessment strategies are used to gain ongoing feedback of learners' progress.

·Ensure that attainment data is collected effectively to inform school improvement.

School Self-Evaluation

·Ensure that the accountability of individual staff and teams are clearly defined, understood and agreed, and are subject to rigorous review and evaluation.

·Develop and present a coherent, understandable and accurate account of Witham Prospect School's performance to a range of audiences including executive directors, families and external bodies.

·Ensure that all policies approved by the Directors are implemented effectively.

·Submit, in conjunction with the senior staff leadership team, regular reports, policy, protocol and statutory requirement papers, briefings, advice and financial statements to the executive directors on matters relevant to Witham Prospect School.

·Be accountable to the executive directors by attending their meetings and presenting the required reports.

·Be knowledgeable of statutory requirements and inspection frameworks, ensuring that Witham Prospect School meets those requirements and is well prepared for inspection.

·Systematically monitor the provision made for students and evaluate its effectiveness in the light of students' needs, Witham Prospect School's development priorities and national and regional priorities.

·Ensure that audit procedures are adhered to for all Witham Prospect School resources and equipment.


·Co-operate and work with relevant agencies to protect children and young people.

·Attend external meetings and represent Witham Prospect School in a positive manner.

·Create and maintain effective partnerships with families and carers to support and improve the achievement and personal development of pupils.

·Ensure a range of community-based learning experiences and other organisations to enhance and enrich and value the wider community.

·Ensure positive links with parents, carers, external agencies, sponsors and the local community and that they are used to increase their understanding of and their relationship with young people with complex learning needs.

·Work and liaise with the directors of the school to deliver objectives and targets within budget.

·Be a representative on various groups in the school as they arise.

·Develop and maintain positive relationships with families, placing authorities, local community and the Executive Directors.

·Work with all service heads to ensure the best outcomes for Witham Prospect School pupils including referrals of young people to Witham Prospect School.

·Participate in the growth and development of the business.

This list is not exhaustive and from time to time you may be required to undertake additional duties. We will provide full training in line with regulatory requirements and the requirements of your role.

Essential Criteria

The Head Teacher applicant must have the following essential criteria:

·Be a qualified teacher.

·Have the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) if not a serving Head teacher.

·Hold a first degree o ran equivalent professional qualification.

·Have excellent interpersonal skills and substantial experience, knowledge and understanding of management and leadership within a special educational needs teaching and learning environment.

·Have extensive knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs.

·Be committed to own personal growth and development and support the ethos that learning is a life -long process.

Managing and Leading the School

Knows about:

·Models of organisations and principles of organisational development.

·Principles and models of self-evaluation.

·Principles and practice of earned autonomy.

·Principles and strategies of school improvement.

·Project management for planning and implementing change.

·Policy creation, through consultation and review Informed decision-making.

·Strategic financial planning, budgetary management and principles of best value.

·Performance management, personnel, governance, security and access issues relating to the diverse use of school facilities.

·Legal issues relating to managing a school including Equal Opportunities, Race, Relation, Disability, Human Rights and Employment legislation.

·The use of new and emerging technologies to enhance organisational effectiveness.

Is committed to:

·Distributed leadership and management.

·The equitable management of staff and resources.

·The sustaining of personal motivation and that of all teaching staff.

·The developing and sustaining of a safe, secure and healthy school environment.

·Excellent communication skills, collaborating with others in order to strengthen the school's organisational capacity and contribute to the development of capacity in other schools.

Is able to:

·Establish and sustain appropriate structures and systems.

·Manage the school efficiently and effectively on a day-to-day basis.

·Delegate management tasks and monitor their implementation.

·Plan and organise themselves and others.

·Make professional, managerial and organisational decisions based on informed judgments.

·Be an innovative, inspirational and confident leader.

·Be an enthusiastic and resilient leader.

·Think creatively to anticipate and solve problems.

Learning, Leading, Teaching and Assessment in the School

Knows about:

·Strategies for raising achievement and achieving excellence.

·The development of a personalised learning culture within the school.

·Models of learning and teaching.

·The use of new and emerging technologies to support learning and teaching.

·Principles of effective teaching and assessment fo learning.

·Models of behaviour and attendance management.

·Strategies for ensuring inclusion, diversity and access.

·Curriculum design and management.

·Tools for data collection and analysis.

·Using research evidence to inform teaching and learning.

·Monitoring and evaluating performance.

·School self evaluation.

·Strategies for developing effective teachers.

Is committed to:

·The raising standards for all in the pursuit of excellence.

·The continuing learning of all members of the school community.

·The entitlement of all pupils to effective teaching and learning.

·Choice and flexibility in learning to meet the personalised learning needs of every child.

Is able to:

·Demonstrate personal enthusiasm for and commitment to the learning process.

·Demonstrate the principles and practice of effective teaching and learning.

·Access, analyse and interpret information.

·Initiate and support research and debate about effective learning and teaching and develop relevant strategies for performance improvement.

·Acknowledge excellence and challenge poor performance across the school.


Knows about:

·Statutory educational frameworks, including governance.

·Public service policy and accountability frameworks, including self-evaluation and multi-agency working.

·The contribution that education makes to developing, promoting and sustaining a fair and equitable society.

·The use of a range of evidence, including performance data, to support, monitor, evaluate and improve aspects of school life, including challenging poor performance.

·The principles and practice of quality assurance systems, including school review, self-evaluation and performance management.

·Stakeholder and community engagement in, and accountability for, the success and celebration of the school's performance.

Is committed to:

·Principles and practice of school self-evaluation.

·The school working effectively and efficiently towards the academic, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural development of all its pupils.

·Individual, team and whole-school accountability for pupil learning outcomes.

Is able to:

·Demonstrate political insight and anticipate trends.

·Engage the school community in the systematic and rigorous self-evaluation of the work of the school.

·Collect and use a rich set of data to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school.

·Combine the outcomes of regular school self-review with external evaluations in order to develop the school.

Liaison with the School Directors

Knows about:

·Current issues and future trends that impact on the school community.

·The rich and diverse resources within local communities - both human and physical.

·The wider curriculum beyond school and the opportunities it provides for pupils and the school community.

·Models of school, home, community and working together partnerships.

·The work of other agencies and opportunities for collaboration.

·Strategies which encourage parents and carers to support their children's learning.

·The strengths, capabilities and objectives of other schools.

Is committed to:

·Effective team work within the school and with the directors.

·Work with other agencies for the well-being of all pupils and their families.

·Involvement of parents and the community in supporting the learning of children and in defining and realising the school vision.

·Collaboration and networking with other schools to improve outcomes.

Is able to:

·Recognise and take account of the richness and diversity of the school's communities.

·Engage in a dialogue which builds partnerships and community consensus on values, beliefs and shared responsibilities.

·Listen to, reflect and act on community feedback.

·Build and maintain effective relationships with parents, carers, directors and the community that enhance the education of all pupils.

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