Position Type: Teacher
Contract Type: Full time
Campus: Shibuya and Showa campuses
Apply by: 2020-02-28
Job Start: August 2020
Deputy Head Teacher of the Primary School - (Nursery to Year 2)
Main Purpose of the role
The Deputy Head of Primary works collaboratively with the Head of Primary and other senior leaders to achieve the highest possible standards, securing improvements and success for the school. As such the post holder has responsibility for learning and teaching and the pastoral welfare of students from Nursery to Year 2. In so doing the Deputy Head leads defined year group, teaching and curriculum teams. The post holder also works with senior leaders in other phases of the school as part of the whole school Extended Leadership Team. The post holder deputizes for the Head of Primary when necessary on one of the school’s two Primary campuses.
- A degree and professional teaching qualification is essential; a higher degree desirable.
- Experience of senior or middle leadership, ideally in an international environment.
- Experience of successful pedagogical leadership and curriculum development.
- A clear vision for learning and teaching.
- Awareness of international best practices in education - Reggio Emilia and Forest Schools approach in particular.
- A significant understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
- Committed to fostering an inclusive approach to education.
- A desire to contribute to a challenging and rewarding environment.
- A creative and innovative thinker.
- A highly visible and approachable leader who is able to inspire a strong sense of trust and partnership.
- Rich knowledge of student wellbeing and personal and social education.
- Fluency in English and excellent communication skills.
- Experience with Child Protection and Safeguarding practices.
Strategic direction and development of the school – to:
- Support the school’s mission, purpose and aims.
- Consistently champion and uphold the school’s values.
- Develop a shared strategic plan for the Primary School with the Primary Leadership Team.
- Contribute to the articulation of a shared vision for high-quality learning in the Primary School.
- Work collaboratively with members of the whole school Extended Leadership Team to ensure a one school approach and ethos.
Leading teaching and learning – to:
- Promote a shared vision for excellence in teaching and learning.
- Lead pedagogical change and development.
- Develop teachers’ professional knowledge and skills.
- Ensure professional learning through collaboration and self- evaluation.
- Contribute to external and internal school evaluation processes.
- Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how students learn best.
- Contribute to curriculum development across the Primary School.
- Teach a timetable as determined by the Head of Primary and Principal as required.
Leading staff and building teams: - to:
- Lead and develop effective staff development opportunities throughout the year.
- Develop and support effective teams and ensure implementation of team action plans and the Primary School development plan.
- Develop teachers’ effective use of data to support learning and wellbeing.
- Review the planning of class and specialist teachers.
- Line leadership of designated Year Leaders and Subject Leaders.
- Oversee the pastoral welfare of students in Nursery to Year 2.
Deployment of staff and resources – to:
- Contribute to the recruitment and deployment of Primary School staff of the highest calibre.
- In consultation with the Head of Primary, deploy staff and resources effectively in line with the Primary School’s development plan.
- Ensure the cohesion of the two campuses.
- Monitor the school’s Performance Development Process for staff in designated teaching teams.
- Liaising with Head of Primary and other senior leaders in the production of the Primary School timetable.
Managing the Organisation – to:
- Develop action plans with teams.
- Ensure that equal opportunities for students and staff are effectively promoted.
- Work with Senior Leaders to ensure all school safeguarding policies and practices are up-to-date.
- Ensure effective Year Group and Subject Team communication and coordination.
- To contribute to and work with the Principal and Heads of Schools to develop the induction programme for new staff.
- Work closely with Admissions and Communications teams to keep a high standing of the school.
- Contribute to parent information sessions and community events to raise awareness and promote the school.
Strengthening Community – to:
- Oversee ECA and other Club Coordinators in the designated year groups.
- Liaise with parents on student transfer and admissions arrangements.
- Strengthen partnerships with other schools and local services.
- Contribute to policies and practices which promote equality of opportunity and tackle prejudice and discrimination.
- Promote and model good relationships with parents.
- Attend School Advisory Committee Meetings and Board of Trustees when necessary.