Assistant Principal - With responsibility for behaviour, inclusion and special educational needs.
Purpose of the job:
To support the Senior Leadership Team of the academy. To provide proactive support to the Head of Academy / Assistant Principals / AAB members to ensure that the leadership and management of the academy operates at the most effective level possible. To lead and support the academy with behaviour, inclusion and SEN. Strategic development of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision and oversight of the day-to-day operation of that policy with the aim of raising SEN pupil achievement.
Main duties and responsibilities
- To contribute to the work of the Senior Leadership Team in accordance with the requirements set out by the Head of Academy.
- Ensure the academy achieves the objectives / targets set out in the Academy Development Plan.
- To be responsible for developing and monitoring the provision for all pupils regarding behaviour, inclusion and Special Educational Needs.
- To ensure the graduated response is used to establish carefully chosen targets and provision appropriate to their need, in line with the Code of Practice.
- To monitor the effectiveness of the provision for pupils with additional needs, ensuring they make strong progress.
- Support the activity of the academy as a member of Delta Academies Trust.
- Constantly promote the personal development of all staff and participate in the work of the academy to achieve this.
- Contribute to the initiation and development of innovatory practice.
- Promote equal opportunities at all levels of academy activity.
We expect you to:
- Be flexible and innovative.
- Provide depth to the leadership team and assist with the management of the academy on a day to day basis, but particularly when other members of the Senior Leadership Team are absent or working outside the academy.
- Contribute to the development of the leadership and management of the academy via the Senior Leadership Team meetings.
- Play an active part in the monitoring of the quality of teaching and learning across the academy.
- Ensure that the academy carries out its statutory responsibilities regarding all students with an EHC Plan
- Take responsibility for behaviour by supporting staff to provide appropriate provision and plans in order to enable all pupils to succeed.
- Take responsibility for inclusion, including all vulnerable groups.
- Liaise with staff, parents and external agencies in order to ensure that the provision for children with Special Educational Needs is matched to individual need.
- Lead, support and monitor a team of people who are supporting children with SEN through timely interventions.
We will provide you with:
- The opportunity to experience a comprehensive range of leadership and management situations.
- The opportunity to work closely with other members of the Senior Leadership Team.
- Support, mentorship and coaching in the roles / duties you are asked to perform.
- Constructive and regular feedback on your performance.
- A wide range of experiences to develop / enhance your management and leadership competencies.
- Regular opportunities to network with other leaders across the academy trust.
- Up-to-date and timely CPD in relation to specific areas of your job description but particularly with those relating to SEN, behaviour and inclusion
Knowledge, skills and experience requirements for the post
a) Leadership skills
• An innovative leader with a clear understanding of education opportunity and how it can be translated into practical reality
• An existing or aspiring middle leader with a proven track record
• An enthusiastic leader, committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for students
• Someone with the ability to motivate and develop staff whom they lead
• A proven track record of leading SEN, knowing how and when to intervene, in order to support attainment and progress of children with SEN.
b) Communication skills
• A commitment to working positively with all academy staff, students, parents and outside agencies
• An excellent communicator who is at ease with all members of the academy community.
• Excellent communication skills that can be used in multi-agency meetings particularly supporting our most vulnerable children and families.
c) Experience and knowledge
• An ability to drive and deliver projects on an academy wide basis
• Experience of leading SEN in another setting.
• An understanding of local and national data regarding SEN.
• A deep understanding of the provision and support needed for pupils with Special educational needs including behaviour.
d) Management of finance, HR and resource
• A proven ability to successfully manage and support colleagues
• The ability to motivate staff to ensure high performance
• The ability to translate a visionary / innovative concept into a practical implementation plan
e) Personal attributes
• An ability to use the full range of leadership skills and qualities including emotional intelligence as appropriate to the situation
• Someone who is resilient and determined but can also provide support and demonstrate empathy
• A personal commitment to inclusion and diversity to ensure the maximum benefits for students and staff
• A strong commitment to personal development for all staff including themselves
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Experience and Knowledge
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- Hold a teaching qualification together with qualified teacher status (QTS)
- Have a knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment at EYFS, KS1 and KS2
- Demonstrate a good understanding of recent curriculum developments and initiatives in primary Education and their impact in the academy
- Understand the use of data to assess and inform teaching and learning and target appropriate intervention
- Have experience of dynamic and successful team leadership at middle leader level
- Experience leading and implementing strategies to secure high standards of student achievement
- Be an excellent classroom practitioner that can model best practice
- Demonstrate excellent organisational and personal management skills
- Demonstrate effective behaviour/classroom management strategies
- Have an ability to demand high standards
- Work well independently and as part of a team
- Be able to develop and support other staff to develop a variety of teaching strategies
- Enthuse and direct students and staff towards raising expectations and levels of achievement
- Demonstrate good levels of organisation and an ability to meet deadlines.
- Have strong ICT skills
- Be committed to both self and team development
- Take the initiative
- Be able to make difficult decisions and communicate these effectively
- Be reliable and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
- Be resilient and committed to the continued success of the Academy.
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility.
- Demonstrate a commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies
- Require an enhanced DBS
- AST or Excellent Teacher status
- Leadership qualification (e.g. NPQH)
- Comprehensive knowledge of performance management requirements in an education setting
- Experience of leading, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of other staff
- A track record of examination success in more than one school