Job Description: Assistant Headteacher

Title of postAssistant Headteacher
GradeLeadership 13 to 18
Reporting toHeadteacher or Deputy Headteacher
Start DateSeptember 2022

Purpose of Post

  • To provide excellent leadership and high quality management, enabling the school to realise its strategic intentions as determined by the Governors and Headteacher
  • To support the Headteacher in securing the improvement and success of the school

The purpose of this job description is to outline the generic professional responsibilities associated with the post. Securing the right person with the drive, ambition, motivation and leadership skills is our paramount objective.  As detailed in the advertisement, there is flexibility in determining the specific roles and responsibilities. Areas of responsibility might include student progress, standards and effectiveness; teaching and learning; data and assessment; behaviour and personal development; a focus on a particular key stage; a focus on a particular group/s; curriculum development and implementation; QA; leadership and the development of others; school organisation and management; safeguarding; attendance; stakeholder engagement; careers information, advice and guidance; transition; the extended curriculum.

The duties outlined reflect and develop those covered by the latest School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document:

Job descriptions are subject to review and amendment. This job description may be amended at any time following discussion with the Headteacher and is to be reviewed periodically. 

Expected “standards” to be reached and maintained are clearly defined within the school’s Performance Appraisal (PA) documentation and should be referred to regularly for further clarification and specific detail.

Strategic Development

  • Work within the leadership team to help develop our educational vision and strategic direction and ensure this vision is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon effectively by all
  • Act as a key driver of development and change
  • Take a lead role in developing and implementing a number of whole school improvement areas
  • Lead and inspire others to make an impact on the educational progress of all students
  • Act as a role model to promote the school’s ethos and vision both within school and to our wider community
  • Motivate and work with others to create a shared, high-expectation culture and positive climate
  • Ensure creativity, innovation and other transformational activities raise standards across the school
  • Communicate well with all stakeholders to secure the success of new initiatives

Leading Learning, Teaching and Assessment

  • Help ensure that all students have equality of opportunity and can work to their optimum
  • Help ensure a consistent and relentless school-wide focus on students’ achievement, using data and benchmarks to monitor progress in every student’s learning
  • Lead, develop, enhance and inspire the teaching practice of others
  • Ensure that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource management
  • Establish creative, responsive and effective approaches to learning and teaching in all areas of the curriculum
  • Implement strategies which ensure high standards of behaviour and attendance
  • Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies
  • Challenge underperformance and ensure effective corrective action and follow-up

Developing Others

  • Build capacity amongst staff to deliver and sustain high quality outcomes
  • Treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect to create and develop a positive school culture of personal responsibility and the celebration of excellence
  • Play a significant part in ensuring that staff CPD needs are both identified and supported
  • Coach and support the development of leadership and management skills in others
  • Develop and lead INSET linked to your areas of whole school leadership
  • Support effective planning, allocation, development and evaluation of work undertaken by teams and individuals
  • Ensure clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain a culture of high expectations for self and for others
  • Regularly review own practice, set personal targets and take responsibility for own personal development

School Management

  • Produce and implement clear evidence-based, reports, improvement plans and policies for the development of the school
  • Ensure open and collaborative approaches are embraced to develop effective communication and teamwork
  • Develop and promote policies and procedures that ensure the school’s distinctive ethos and aims are reflected in our practice
  • Deputise for other members of the senior leadership team and assist other member of the school’s wider leadership group as appropriate
  • Undertake specific, significant roles in the leadership and management of the school

Securing Accountability

  • Monitor, review and be accountable for the continued, effective work of all staff for whom the post-holder is responsible
  • Identify areas of underperformance and/or further development and ensure that colleagues are supported and challenged appropriately
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation cycle including lesson observations, learning walks, data analysis and review meetings
  • Contribute to the relevant sections of the school self-evaluation and improvement planning
  • Report to the Headteacher and Governors regularly and attend Governor meetings and various committees as directed

Working in Partnership

  • Create and maintain an effective partnership and good communication with parents and carers to support and improve students’ achievement and personal development
  • Develop communication both within the school and the wider community
  • Build a school culture and curriculum which reflects diversity and promotes positive strategies for challenging discrimination of any kind
  • Ensure learning experiences for students are linked to and integrated with the wider community
  • Collaborate with other agencies (where appropriate) and develop strategies to provide for the academic, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural well-being of students

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the DBS as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s pre-employment checks.  

Please note that additional information referring to the Disclosure and barring Service is in the guidance notes to the application form.  If you are invited to an interview you will receive more information.

This role description may be modified by the Head teacher to reflect or anticipate changes which are commensurate with the salary and role title and improvement and expansion plans of the school.

This role description will be reviewed every 3 years or sooner, if required.