Our Client, a private, co-educational set of age specific schools, comprising Secondary, Preparatory and Kindergarten schools, seeks to recruit a Deputy Head Teacher – Academic (Secondary).
He/she will be responsible for the implementation of the Curriculum and Teaching & Learning policies of the school.
The Job holder should not only be completely familiar with the policy but should also be responsible for understanding how this policy shall be practically disseminated to the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Reports To: Head Teacher
Job Location: Nairobi, Kenya
School Curriculum: British
The Professional Duties of the Deputy Head teacher include:
Ethos and vision
- Developing and improving the quality of education offered to the pupils in the school through the promotion of the highest possible standards of education, equality of opportunity, and an environment which is conducive to excellence in learning and teaching.
- Promoting the ethos of the school through participation in the construction and implementation of the school development plan and in relevant curriculum committees.
Line Management Duties and Responsibilities
- To line manage all Heads of Department.
- To participate in the appointment of staff to departments.
- To promote development and training opportunities for all departments.
- To take an appropriate part in the school’s appraisal process.
- To line manage the Middle Managers.
- To maintain effective discipline through implementation of the school’s agreed policies and procedures.
- To monitor standards of teaching and learning within departments in order to ensure the highest quality of provision and learning for all pupils.
- To cultivate and develop departmental self-review so as to ensure good progress in standards of teaching and learning.
- To keep up-to-date with educational reform and policy by ensuring an awareness of education initiatives and their usefulness.
- To inform and liaise with the Head and where necessary present information regarding new developments to staff and Heads of Departments.
- To attend all staff meetings, Head of Department meetings and Senior Leadership team meetings.
- To oversee the formulation of school and departmental development plans (reviews and updates).
- To chair Curriculum Development meetings and discuss any proposals resulting from these meetings with the Head teacher, updating the curriculum policy annually.
- To promote the general care of the school by demonstrating awareness of what is needed and responding as necessary.
- To take assembly in the absence of the Head Teacher, shared with the Deputy Head (Pastoral);
Child Protection, Discipline, Health & Safety
- To promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
- To maintain good order and discipline among the pupils and safeguard their health and safety both when they are on the School Premises and when they are engaged in authorized school activities elsewhere.
- To be the Deputy Designated Person responsible for matters relating to child protection and welfare in the absence of the Designated Person (who is the Deputy Head Pastoral).
Communication, Assessment, Recording and Reporting
- To prepare agenda for and chair staff meetings in direct liaison with the Head Teacher.
- To support effective communication by forwarding minutes and conclusions of meetings and any other documentation or memos to the relevant staff.
- To be responsible for whole school monitoring and development of assessment, recording, reporting and target setting, including updating the Assessment Policy.
- To be responsible for baseline-testing and value-added data (collecting, collating and disseminating).
- To generate ideas for the improvement of the School Management Information System and oversee its use for pupil tracking and reporting.
- To support staff in the implementation of Academic Review Day.
Teaching, Learning and Examinations
- To monitor standards of teaching and learning within departments, and to ensure that schemes of work and department handbooks are updated by Heads of Department.
- To plan and implement initiatives for the development of teaching and learning.
- To oversee the departmental and school self-review procedures.
- To formally meet Heads of Department on a regular basis to monitor standards within their departments.
- To implement an ongoing program of observation and review to ensure high standards of teaching and learning and to promote the sharing of best practice.
- To ensure that the academic needs of individual pupils referred by Form Teachers or Heads of Departments, are met and, where necessary, to develop a plan of action for a particular pupil.
- To review and update the Homework Policy.
- To collate trial and actual examination results and distribute these to all interested parties, develop all possible means for analyzing results and demonstrating value added.
- To monitor and develop the reporting, assessment and recording systems used.
Timetable and Staffing / Staff Development
- To construct the timetable in liaison with the Heads of Department.
- To review the timetable in order to ensure that it enables the best quality teaching and learning to take place.
- To review academic staff requirements with the timetable Heads of Department and Head Teacher as well as organize all recruitment of academic staff.
- To develop and oversee the Induction program for new staff, in conjunction with the Headteacher and Deputy Head Teacher (Pastoral).
- To oversee the Induction for new pupils.
- To encourage debate about important educational issues and promote innovation where appropriate.
- To assist with school-based events over weekends if required.
- To be a key member of marketing the school, again likely to occur over some weekends.
- To undertake any reasonable request as outlined by the Head of School.
Skills and Qualifications
- Previous senior or middle leadership position, with a proven track record in UK and/or International Secondary schools
- Significant understanding of (I)GCSE, A Level and BTEC qualifications.
- Experienced in systems, strategic planning and use of data
- Strong understanding of current developments in education and a passion for pedagogical development.
- International mindedness and culturally sensitive.
- A warm, empathetic and visible style of leadership.
- The ability to work collaboratively and develop strong teams.
- Strong communication skills.
- A creative and innovative thinker.
- Energy and resilience.
- The flexibility to rise to the unexpected with determination.
- A professional with drive, energy, determination and an aspiration to headship within three to five years.
Applicants should apply by sending their motivation letter (with an indication of current and expected remuneration), Curriculum Vitae and names and contacts of three referees with Deputy Head Teacher-Academicon the subject line to:
Head of Recruitment
Human Capital Synergies