Assistant Head

We are currently seeking an experienced and forward-thinking assistant head to join our enthusiastic team of staff.

Hours of work: Full time

Salary: £32,965 – £39,457

Holiday entitlement: 6 weeks (inclusive of bank holidays) which must be taken outside term time.


The role is varied, and the successful candidate will be able to:

  • Lead in the creation, development, planning and implementation of a bespoke curriculum, focusing on the needs of SAFE’s student profile (SEMH).
  • Raise student attainment and progress through improvement in standards of teaching and learning across the key stages
  • Model outstanding teaching practice
  • Model outstanding planning and assessment
  • Ensure the effective implementation of the curriculum for the overall development of, and to ensure the wellbeing, of the individual learner
  • Consistently manage and improve the performance of teachers to enhance the delivery of an inspiring quality curriculum leading to better outcomes for all
  • Communicate the school’s vision compellingly and support the headteacher’s strategic leadership
  • Assist with the selection and recruitment of new classroom-based staff
  • Structure the day-to-day function of the school with the SPELL framework in mind, always considering learners with SEND
  • Structure the day-to-day function of the school with health & safety in mind, always considering the impact of clutter, disorganisation and hazards on SEND learners
  • Performance manage teaching staff, including carrying out appraisals, providing professional development opportunities, and holding staff to account to their performance
  • Work directly with the SENDCo and therapy staff to ensure needs of students with SEND are met via thoughtful planning, differentiation and implementation of support staff and resources.
  • Create an ethos within which motivates and support staff to develop their skills and knowledge
  • Commit to their own professional development, proactively identifying development opportunities
  • Demonstrate excellent performance against parts one and two of the teacher’s standards: teaching and personal and professional conduct
  • Implement strategies and initiatives to share best practice with others in the school, developing confidence and skills in others, including the SPELL Framework
  • Demand the best standards for all students, instilling a strong sense of accountability in staff for the impact of their work on student outcomes
  • 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 students and staff, focused on safeguarding students 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 proprietorial body as appropriate
  • Support distribution of leadership throughout the school

The assistant head teacher will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and follow school policies and the Staff Code of Conduct.

Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the assistant headteacher will carry out. The post holder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the headteacher.

The successful candidate will possess substantial experience in working in a management role, within an SEND school environment. They must be adaptable, honest, and committed to promoting the ethos and values of the school, to upholding Social Arts for Education’s commitment to safeguarding and equality, and to maintaining confidentiality.

The post holder will be expected to undergo training to support the mental well being of children with SEMH (social, emotional and mental health difficulties).

Further information regarding this position, including an application pack, can be found below. Please be sure to read through all available documents.

Assistant Head job description and person specification

Staff Self-Disclosure Form

Classroom roles application form

GDPR Privacy Notice for all Job Applicants

Child Protection Statement

Applications may be sent by post, to Annabel Leaver, Social Arts for Education, 253 Eltham High St, London SE9 1TY, or via email, to [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 27th November 2020.