Salary Details: Teachers Terms and Conditions - Leadership scale - L7-L12 - £47,906 - £53,686 per annum
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Directorate: Education Services
Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children's services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, joined in 2017 by Windsor and Maidenhead, and responsible for delivering the boroughs' children's services.
We have been up and running for four years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children's services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education's eight 'Partners in Practice', tasked with leading improvement across the sector.
Virtual School extended to cover services to Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in October 2017. Virtual School was identified as an area of Best Practice in a recent Ofsted.
About the role
Under the leadership and direction of the Virtual School Headteacher, you will be responsible for a cohort of children in care to either Richmond or the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (yet to be determined). As Assistant Headteacher you will provide challenge and support in order to close the gap in outcomes of Children Looked After.
You will assist the Headteacher of Virtual School by contributing to the whole school assessment processes, analysing data, and setting targets and identifying priorities for improvement.
In addition to the leadership of a case-load of students, you will have whole school leadership of designated areas of the Virtual School Mission Statement.Candidates are advised that a significant amount of travel may be involved and applicants should have access to their own transport.
As Assistant Headteacher for Virtual School, you will:
- work directly with Headteachers in schools, Designated Teachers and other key stakeholders to drive up standards of education for Children Looked After, as though they attended a single school.
- collaborate effectively with partners in social care to ensure that education is a priority in care planning
- respond to developments in DfE legislation around the duties of the Virtual School and Designated Teachers and contribute to the formulation of policy and initiatives within Virtual School
- provide training opportunities for Designated Teachers, Social Workers, carers and other partners demonstrate high aspirations and offer challenge and support to a range of key stakeholders.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of improving educational outcomes for looked after children and students with SEND. You will have high expectations and champion the education of your cohort with enthusiasm and professionalism.
You would be working with friendly and committed colleagues and have opportunities for professional development and progression. In the Summer Ter,m we will be recruiting for a Deputy Headteacher for theVirtual School to lead on Previously Looked After Children's education. If you are interested in being considered for this post please make reference in your application.
If you would like more information about this role please see the Job Profile that can be found on the AfCs direct website.
Benefits of working for Achieving for Children
As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.
The successful candidate will have access to;
- Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
- A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
- Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
- A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
- Tools and models to support, including Signs of Safety Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
You will find out more about our organisation at https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk
How to apply
Before applying please refer to the job description and person specification and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined the role profile.
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.
Closing Date: 23rd April 2018