Moorfield Learning Centre
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and inspirational leader who is committed to the continuation of the development and philosophy of our Learning Centre. This is a unique opportunity to be a key leader at the outset of this new independent school, which will provide great opportunities for young people in Cumbria.
Moorfield learning centre is a small independent school, based in Barrow-In- Furness. We are registered for 12 students aged 11-17 supporting them to succeed and achieve in their education.
Our Students, Staff and Management Team would like our Headteacher to:
Be an effective leader with a proven record of leading and inspiring teams
Lead excellent teaching and learning for students who may have special educational needs
Be Innovative and provide exciting teaching and learning opportunities
Articulate the vision of the future pupils, parents/carers and staff
Be able to inspire all students to have high aspirations and fulfil their potential and develop a love for lifelong learning
Hold a successful record as a senior leader and is skilful in managing change
Embrace change and recognise the challenges education can pose for individuals with complex needs
You will benefit from:
An exciting, newly registered independent school
A supportive, committed and highly skilled team
An opportunity to develop teaching and support staff
A strong, positive, caring ethos which is supported by stakeholders
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils and staff, including preventing extremism. All staff are expected to share this commitment, any offer of employment for this post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references and the necessary prohibition checks.
If you would like to arrange a visit to see Moorfield Learning Centre and see how ambitious we are, then please contact Hilary Southward Director on 01229 837258 or by email email@example.com .
Closing date 22nd February 2019
Interview date will be 8th March 2019
We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your application.
This post will be required to 1st September 2019.
Accountable to : Director
Salary : L7 £46,430- L11 £51,234
Disclosure Level : Enhanced
Core Purpose: The Headteacher is to provide the professional leadership and management of the school in line with Moorfield Learning Centre’s vision and ethos.
The Headteacher will:
• Create a safe and productive learning environment which is engaging and fulfilling for all pupils
• Promote excellence, equality and high expectations of all pupils;
• Deploy resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the school’s aims;
• Evaluate school performance and identify priorities for continuous improvement;
· Secure the commitment and involvement of the wider community.
Strategic direction and development of the school – Creating the Future
We expect the Headteacher to:-
Ensure that the vision for the school is clearly articulated, shared, understood and effectively acted upon by all.
To work with the Advisory Group in formulating the educational aims, objectives and targets of the school and policies for their implementation.
To take responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in accordance with statutory guidance and school policies on safeguarding
To develop and implement the production of the School Improvement Plan and contribute to the expansion of the school
To monitor and evaluate the performance of the school and its achievements, responding and reporting to the Advisory group.
To motivate staff and students through interest, encouragement and recognition of their unique value.
To implement policies on equal opportunities by encouraging diversity amongst staff and students and ensuring that everyone involved in the school is treated fairly and with respect so they can give of their best.
To participate, to such an extent as may be appropriate having regard to the Headteacher’s other duties, in teaching at the school.
To ensure that the management, finances, organisation and administration of the school support its vision and aims and are appropriate to the school’s present and likely future resources.
Work within the school community to translate the vision into agreed objectives and operational plans which will promote and sustain school improvement.
Motivate and work with a multi-disciplinary team of staff and professionals to create a shared culture and positive climate.
Leading Learning and Teaching
The Headteacher will:
Ensure that the quality of teaching, learning and achievement of all pupils are outstanding; Leading by example.
Create and maintain a learning culture which enables pupils to become effective, enthusiastic, independent learners committed to lifelong learning.
Implement strategies which secure high standards of behaviour and attendance.
To provide effective leadership and management to ensure every student receives high-quality education which promotes the highest possible standards of achievement and well-being.
To determine, organise and implement, in collaboration with other appropriate persons or bodies, a curriculum which:
a) follows the curriculum policy and meets statutory requirements
b) is relevant to the needs, experience, interests, aptitudes and stages of development of all students, including those with Special Educational Needs;
c) fulfils the Headteacher’s statutory duties in relation to the curriculum including the National Curriculum;
To develop means whereby:
a) school policies on curriculum, assessment, recording and reporting inform effective teaching and learning; b) the arrangements for teaching and learning form a co-ordinated, coherent curriculum entitlement for all students;
c) information on student progress is used to improve teaching and learning, to inform and motivate students, to inform parents, to provide necessary references for other educational provisions and employers, and to aid the Advisory group in fulfilling their responsibilities for the school;
d) there is continuity of learning and of progression for all students;
e) challenging targets are set for student attainment leading to whole school improvement.
To determine, publicise and implement the means for promoting:
a) students’ self-discipline;
b) respect for self, others and authority;
c) good behaviour on and off school premises in accordance with any written directions.
To handle student disciplinary cases, in accordance with school policy and the provisions of the current legislation.
To promote a school ethos to extend opportunities for learning and encourage extra-curricular activities.
Professional Development and working with Others
Our Headteacher will be able to:
Build a professional learning community that enables colleagues to thrive and achieve their best
Carry out performance management and promote the continuous professional development of staff and self.
Share leadership, build teams and work cooperatively with pupils, staff, management, parents and other members of the community to achieve the Learning Centre’s goals and objectives.
In relation to parents and those with parental responsibility:
a) to build an effective partnership between parents and the school;
b) to promote understanding of the aims and ethos of the school by providing regular information to parents about:- the school curriculum the progress of their children other matters relating to teaching methods and organisation
c) to contribute to the provision by the advisory group of a school prospectus to parents
d) to provide opportunities for dialogue between parents and staff and to encourage their involvement.
In relation to the community:
to develop and maintain positive relationships with the community;
to ensure that the school recognises and meets its responsibilities to the life of the local community
to develop links with local employers for the benefit of the pupils and the school.
to promote a positive image of the school.
to promote involvement in the wider life of the school.
In relation to the Department for Education :
to ensure liaison and co-operation with officers and support services;
to work with officers in the monitoring and evaluation of the school according to such arrangements as may be required.
to make such reports in connection with the discharge of the Headteacher’s functions as may properly be required
to have regard to the provisions and procedures expected of independent schools.
In relation to other schools, colleges and educational bodies:
to promote continuity of learning, progression of achievement and curriculum development;
to arrange for effective transfer and induction of pupils;
to maintain effective liaison; d) to maintain effective relationships with other schools, in matters of common concern;
to provide training and work experience placements for school and college students as appropriate and in accordance with school policy.
In relation to other professional bodies, agencies and services:
to liaise in the best interests of students, or in the meeting of statutory obligations with other educational professions, medical, social and other support services.
Leading and Managing Staff
Determine the staffing structure of the school and participate in the key task of selecting and appointing teaching and support staff, having regard to Employment Law, HR Professional advice, and school HR policies.
To deploy and manage all staff appointed to the school by allocating particular duties, including:
a) appropriate duties of the Headteacher as may be properly delegated in a manner, which is reasonable and consistent with their conditions of employment
b) to ensure monitoring and management of manageable workloads.
To build school-wide leadership capacity at all levels through
a) actively developing strategic governance, staffing structures and roles and responsibilities
b) to promote and develop good management practice, positive staff participation, effective communication and clear procedures.
To supervise and participate in arrangements made in accordance with The Education (School Teacher Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012 for the appraisal of the performance of the teaching staff in the school.
To ensure the appraisal process and practice includes the identification of areas for further training and development.
To implement staff development policies in relation to:
a) the induction of new and newly qualified teachers and other staff;
b) the development of professional knowledge, skills and abilities including those necessary for career development;
c) the provision of professional advice, support and training;
d) the provision of references where relevant to career progression.
To supervise and participate in arrangements for the appraisal of performance of support staff in the school, including the identification of areas in which staff would benefit from further training.
Managing the Organisation
The Headteacher will:
Produce and implement improvement plans and policies for the development of the Learning Centre and its facilities.
Build and maintain organisational structures and systems which distribute leadership and enable the school to run efficiently and effectively on a day-to-day basis.
Monitor, evaluate and review the impact of policies, priorities and targets of the Learning Centre to ensure they are consistently reflected in practice.
Manage the Learning Centre’s financial and human resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the agreed goals and ensure value for money.
Demonstrate an understanding of what makes an effective team, the value of diversity, and have an appreciation of the strengths and skills of others
The Headteacher will:
Ensure that individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood and agreed and are rigorously reviewed and evaluated.
Work with the management team to enable all members to meet their responsibilities.
Provide information about and account for the Learning Centre’s work and performance to a range of audiences including stakeholders, parents/carers
Act as a team player and actively support team objectives
It is crucial that the Headteacher:
Builds a learning culture and curriculum that takes into account the uniqueness of the Learning Centre’s community.
Builds and maintains links with the wider community to sustain and enrich all aspects of the Learning Centre’s life and work.
Collaborates with other agencies to support the learning, safeguarding and welfare of pupils and their families.
Creates and maintains partnership with parents/carers to support the learning and pastoral care of pupils.
Collaborates with other education partners to share expertise and bring positive benefits to Moorfield Learning Centre.
Person Specification Essential Criteria
Qualifications, Education and Training
Degree level with Qualified Teacher Status
Evidence of regular and appropriate professional development in teaching and learning, leadership and management
Ideally the successful candidate will have:-
Successful strategic leadership and management experience in a range of schools
Management experience of inclusion and SEN provision
Experience of carrying out performance management of staff and the ability to address unsatisfactory performance
Commitment to leading the team effectively and efficiently towards the academic, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural development of all pupils
Emotional intelligence, impact and presence, commitment, integrity, flexibility and enthusiasm
Experience of creating an effective partnership with parents and carers to support and improve pupils’ achievement, personal development and promote consistency of approach regarding learning
The skills to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with pupils and be able to demonstrate emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours and negative attitudes to use of authority
Proven track record in the leadership and implementation of excellent teaching and learning with high expectations for all
The ability to inspire, demonstrate and support the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning and therefore student achievement
Skills and Attributes
Moorfield Learning Centre is looking for:-
A highly skilled classroom practitioner, who is able to deliver “good” or “outstanding” lessons
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong emotional Intelligence
Outstanding interpersonal skills
Capacity for hard work and highly effective time management
The ability to think analytically and strategically
The ability to manage time efficiently
Creative problem-solving skills
The ability to lead, challenge and support others
A critical understanding of modern approaches to learning and teaching
An excellent track record of teaching commitment to a comprehensive and holistic education
Sensitivity and empathy towards others
Self-motivation and initiative
The capacity to be a good role model for all members of the school community
A good sense of humour
Flexibility and the desire to adapt to different role and tasks
We want our Headteacher
To have significant successful experience of leadership & management as a Head or Deputy/Assistant Head in a secondary school or advisory role at a senior level A confident and inspirational leader with clarity of purpose and vision
To have bility to ensure that everyone involved in the school is treated fairly with respect; promoting the differences between individuals and valuing a diverse contribution of skills, abilities and experience
To demonstrate a strong record in achieving improvement and managing change
Manage marketing and PR issues to develop and maintain an image of an effective education provision, that offers good value for money;
Ensure the Learning Centre enjoys a positive profile in the community and a full complement of pupils and staff.
Evaluate school performance and identify priorities for improvement
Carry out day to day, management, organisation and administration
Work in partnership with other organisations and Higher Education links to enable excellent opportunities for pupils at Moorfield
Regularly review his/her own practice and take responsibility for his/her own professional development
Ensure effective planning, allocation, support and evaluation of work undertaken by the team and individuals, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities
Manage change, conflict and empower individuals
Work collaboratively with others within and beyond the Learning Centre, to build an open fair and equitable learning culture
The Headteacher will be able to:-
Create a learning culture which enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes;
Produce and implement clear, evidence-based plans and policies for the development of the Learning Centre and its facilities, recognising national and local initiatives and government policy
Develop and maintain practice and policies that reflect the Learning Centre’s values, and enable the management systems, structures and processes to work effectively in line with legal requirements
Manage the financial and human resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the agreed educational goals, priorities and aspirations for all pupils at Moorfield
Manage and organise the learning environment efficiently and effectively to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations
Ensure that the quality and use of resources is monitored, evaluated and reviewed to advance education for all pupils and provide value for money.
Comprehensive understanding of and commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people where students’ engagement is fostered, their contributions valued and health and future economic wellbeing are promoted
Have commitment to eliminating discrimination on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age and encouraging diversity amongst staff and students so that everyone feels respected and able to give of their best.
Have ability to promote pupils’ educational development and secure outstanding academic achievement within a positive, disciplined learning environment
Understand the principles and practice of good financial management (including the setting and monitoring of budgets and financial planning. Successful experience of overseeing school budgets responsibly and sustainably
Moorfield Learning Centre is committed to the safeguarding of the pupils in its care. All employees will need to undergo pre-employment checks including references, a check of any relevant qualifications, photo and address identification. All posts in a school are deemed to have a high degree of contact with children and are, therefore, exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the Disclosure and Barring Service as part of the pre-employment checking process. All employees will need to confirm their right to work in this country or seek sponsorship to work via the Learning Centre, where appropriate. Moorfield Learning Centre is committed to ensuring consistency of treatment and fairness, and will abide by all relevant equality legislation
This is a job description only and is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post. It may be subject to modification or amendment, after consultation with the post holder.
Moorfield Learning Centre employs 5 dedicated Education Advisers and 1 Teacher who bring a wealth of experience and skills to the centre.
We place a very high importance on the partnership between home and school. We believe that our students will gain most from their education when home and school work closely together.
We take pride in building and maintain positive working relationships with other organisations who can provide additional support and guidance to our pupils.
Through collaboration with all stakeholders, we will ensure the statutory educational rights of young people are met. We work in partnership with all providers and services to enable children and young people to enjoy learning for life
Our school address is:
Moorfield Learning Centre
How to apply
If you feel that the role of Headteacher at Moorfield Learning Centre reflects your own beliefs and values, then we would be delighted to hear from you. If you would like to arrange an informal meeting and look around our school please contact Hilary Southward 01229 837258.
To apply for this role applicants are asked to complete the attached application form, and to provide a full CV and a letter of application. We would like to hear about your experiences and achievements to date and discover how they will match the needs of our Learning Centre. Please consider what you could add to our leadership team which will assist us as we continue to develop and move even further forward. In addition, add some thoughts on your educational philosophy and values as this will help us to understand more about you. We are also keen to discover something about you as a person; your interests, preoccupations and achievements in life.