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Deputy Head Teacher

Closing date
25 Oct 2021

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Salary Band
Annual, £50,000 - £59,999
Contract Type
Full Time
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Salary would be appx 45-55 although dependent on experience.

This job description will be revised as there will be a pastoral lead element

Hours: 40 (or pro rata)

Contract type: Full-time / permanent

Reporting to: Headteacher

Main purpose

The deputy headteacher, under the direction of the headteacher, will take a major role in:

Formulating the aims and objectives of the school

Establishing policies for achieving these aims and objectives

Managing staff and resources to that end

Monitoring progress towards the achievement of the school's aims and objectives

If the headteacher is absent, the deputy headteacher will deputise, as directed by the governing board.

Duties and responsibilities

Qualities and knowledge

Under the direction of the headteacher:

Support with the day-to-day management of the school

Communicate the school's vision compellingly and support strategic leadership

Lead by example, holding and articulating clear values and moral purpose, and focusing on providing excellent education for all pupils

Build positive relationships with all members of the school community, showing positive attitudes to them

Keep up to date with developments in education, and have a good knowledge of education systems locally, nationally and globally

Work with political and financial astuteness, translating policy into the school's context

Seek training and continuing professional development to meet own needs

Pupils and staff

Under the direction of the headteacher:

Demand ambitious standards for all pupils, instilling a strong sense of accountability in staff for the impact of their work on pupil outcomes

Ensure excellent teaching in the school, including through training and development for staff

Establish a culture of 'open classrooms' as a basis for sharing best practice

Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their skills and knowledge

Identify emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders

Hold all staff to account for their professional conduct and practice

Systems and processes

Under the direction of the headteacher:

Ensure that the school's systems, organisation and processes are well considered, efficient and fit for purpose

Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing exemplary behaviour

Implement systems for managing the performance of all staff, addressing any underperformance, supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice

Work with the governing board as appropriate

Support strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure effective use of budgets and resources

Support distribution of leadership throughout the school

The self-improving school system

Under the direction of the headteacher:

Create an outward-facing school which works with other schools and organisations to secure excellent outcomes for all pupils

Develop effective relationships with fellow professionals

Model entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to school improvement and leadership

Inspire and influence others to believe in the fundamental importance of education in young people's lives and to promote the value of education

Other areas of responsibility

The deputy headteacher will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.

Person specification



and training

Qualified teacher status


Professional development in preparation for a leadership role


Successful leadership and management experience in a school

Teaching experience

Involvement in school self-evaluation and development planning

Line management experience

Experience of contributing to staff development

Skills and knowledge

Data analysis skills, and the ability to use data to set targets and identify weaknesses

Understanding of high-quality teaching, and the ability to model this for others and support others to improve

Understanding of school finances and financial management

Effective communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to communicate a vision and inspire others

Ability to build effective working relationships

Personal qualities

A commitment to getting the best outcomes for all pupils and promoting the ethos and values of the school

Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively

Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times

Commitment to safeguarding and equality

Integritas Education Recruitment Ltd is acting as an employment business for this position. If you are successful, Integritas is required to see evidence of your Right to Work in the UK; in addition to you applying for an enhanced DBS Certificate should you not already hold a suitable certificate registered on the DBS Update Service.

The position is subject to agreement to Terms and Conditions and suitable application and reference process. As a result of the volume of applications we are currently receiving we regret that we may be unable to respond with individual feedback. If we have not contacted you within two weeks of your application being received then regretfully your application will not be taken forward on this occasion.
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