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Principal Teacher - Digital Learning (FIF16933)

Kirkcaldy, UK
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10 Oct 2020

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Interview Date: Week commencing 19 October 2020

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking here and the attached Job Pack. These explain the job role and the type of person we are looking for. The main terms and conditions of employment are also available via the above link.

As a member of the extended leadership team, the role of the Principal Teacher is, within their area of responsibility, to develop, improve and manage and support the department/school to the benefit of the pupils, their parents and the community the school serves, through pursuing the objectives and implementing policies set by the Headteacher and Fife Council Education Children's service, under the overall direction of the Executive Director of Education and Children's service.

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Before confirming appointment, you will be required to be registered with the General Teaching Council (GTCS) and obtain Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Membership through Disclosure Scotland.

The postholder will be responsible for assisting the relevant PT (Curriculum) to lead and manage a team of teaching and other staff to ensure high quality learning and teaching in defined curricular areas with the ultimate aim of maximising attainment and achievement for all pupils. They will also have their own teaching commitment. There will be a requirement for the postholder to;

Remain up to date of current theories and practice relating to effective classroom teaching
Ensure that appropriate implementation occurs within the specified curricular are.
Demonstrate that this reflects school, council and national priorities. The postholder will contribute to the management of a specific curricular area and, in most cases, have an additional "whole school" responsibility. It is anticipated that the postholder will deputise for the PT (Curriculum) as required. It is expected that all promoted staff will work in collegiate ways to further the aims of the school and contribute effectively to school effectiveness and improvement (eg by leading working groups, leading whole school initiatives and contributing to the "Duty Rector" classroom support rota). Responsibilities These are based on the general responsibilities of a Principal Teacher are defined in Annex B of 'A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century';
Curriculum development and quality assurance at subject level and in relation to "whole school" matters as appropriate
Contributing to the development of school policy in relation to the behaviour management of pupils, including specific behaviour management responsibilities where appropriate
The guidance of colleagues, although no "line management" responsibility is involved
The development of school policies as appropriate
Working in partnership with colleagues, parents, other specialist agencies and staff in other schools as appropriate. Generic Tasks
Be responsible for defined aspects of the work and working of a curricular area
Contribute to an effective faculty development plan that is in line with the school plan
Be responsible for ensuring effective curriculum development is taking place within the designated area
Have some responsibility for pupil behaviour and relationships
Assist in developing a consistent and coherent approach to assessment and reporting
Contribute to raising attainment, quality assurance and ethos building within the designated department. Specific Tasks
Have overall responsibility (along with the PTC Business and Computing) for digital learning initiatives such as GLOW, the use of Microsoft Teams etc
Have shared responsibility (with DHTs) for pupil tracking, monitoring and reporting. In particular, develop the use of SEEMiS (or other platforms) to support tracking, monitoring and reporting
Work with colleagues to develop new initiatives in the field of digital learning eg "Bring Your Own Device", "Blended Learning" etc
Work with partners, outside agencies, employers, FE and HE providers etc to enhance digital education at all stages
Have a specific focus on equity for families on low incomes and work with colleagues in guidance and/or supported learning to close the perceived "digital divide". The postholder will be expected to undertake such duties as might reasonably be expected by the Rector.
The Principal Teacher shall be accountable to the Headteacher and Education and Children's Services and for the following list of duties and for such other duties as can reasonably be attached to the post. In carrying out these duties the Principal Teacher will be responsible for:
  • Supporting the Headteacher/Leadership team in sharing the vision, ethos and aims of the school, to inspire and motivate learners, staff and all members of the learning community and its partners to set high expectations for every learner.
  • Working with others to establish, sustain and enhance a culture of learning and a positive ethos in collaboration with the whole school community to ensure that every learner achieves their potential.
  • Promoting an inclusive community that values diversity and challenges discrimination.
  • Working with the team to systematically gather and use assessment feedback and learner's progress data to evaluate and plan future learning.
  • Supporting others to take on leadership roles and engage in regular and rigorous self-evaluation, individually and collectively.
  • Working in partnership with the Headteacher, staff, learners, parents and partners in the wider school community to implement and monitor the progress of school/departmental developments focused on improving outcomes for all learners in the school community that are based on a critical knowledge and understanding of contemporary educational policy, development and research.
  • Working with the Headteacher/Leadership team to create opportunities for groups to work collaboratively to take forward improvement priorities, as well as monitor and review progress.
  • Supporting the Headteacher/Leadership team in setting, and communicating clearly, high expectations of the quality of teaching and assessment at all stages in the school.
  • Leading and working with teams to design coherent and progressive programmes, and establish and develop pedagogic practices to meet the learning and pastoral needs of all learners.
  • Supporting a culture of professional learning, including engaging in career-long professional learning as a 'leading learner', encouraging others to engage in career-long learning to enhance their practice and consistent use of PRD processes.
  • Promote ambition and set high expectations of professional learning for the team and ensure opportunities which deliver this.
  • Working with the Headteacher/Leadership team to making best strategic and operational use of available resources to create, maintain and enhance an appropriate learning environment for effective teaching and learning and to support improvement.
  • Contributing to cluster, local and national developments and discussions to support and enhance the development of others, cross-sector working at all levels and the policy making process.
The Individual
Fife Council is looking to recruit a talented and committed Principal Teacher who is willing to apply new learning with enthusiasm. They should be confident and able to demonstrate they are an experienced and innovative practitioner who will take on a lead role in curricular development and assist in the leadership of aspects of school life. They should have a sound and detailed knowledge and understanding of the relevant aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence 3-18 as well as possessing good leadership skills to deliver on improvement priorities and be able to demonstrate they have a commitment to the vision, values and core priorities in the development of education, teaching and learning which meets the needs of all pupils.

In Fife Council How We Work Matters and you will be responsible for being a role model by displaying and promoting behaviours that are expected of all Council employees:
  • Take ownership
  • Focus on customers
  • Work together
  • Embrace technology & information
  • Deliver results

For further information please contact: Derek Allan on 01592 583405 or e-mail
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