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Assistant Principal – Assessment and Progression

Nature of the Role: One-Year Fixed Term  
Responsible to: Principal 
Responsible for: Assessment, Progression and relevant subject teaching (Computer Science and/or Mathematics)  
Closing date: 9th August
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Welcome to Ada! 
We are the Government’s National College for Digital Skills, the top performing institution for the new Computer Science BTEC and are passionate about educating, supporting and creating the next generation of digital pioneers.  

Purpose of the Role 
We are looking for a dynamic and inspirational leader and teacher to play a central role in leading the  sixth form alongside the Principal.

The Assistant Principal will work alongside the Principal as a member of the sixth form senior leadership  team (SLT) in defining, articulating and implementing the shared vision and values of the college.  

The Assistant Principal is in particular accountable for Assessment and Progression of all the students in  the sixth form. This means working with SLT and teachers to ensure the effective, well analysed  monitoring of student progress as well as designing and implementing the College’s annual calendar of  activities to ensure all our students progress onto positive destinations. You will also work closely with  other teachers in an experienced and high-performing Computer Science or Maths teaching teams to  develop high quality content and deliver excellent lessons. 

Key aspects of the role: 

  • To be accountable for the students’ personal development in terms of their progression,  ensuring the college prepares them for future success in their next steps as well as supporting  them in these next steps via the progression programme that provides for students’ broader  development. 
  • To ensure that internal assessment is appropriate and impactful by planning and managing the  assessment cycle, data collection and analysis to inform intervention strategies and deliver  impact. 
  • To have oversight of the Exams Officer to ensure that external assessment requirements are  fully complied with to enable the centre to maintain its examination status. 
  • To lead and manage the college as a member of the sixth form Senior Leadership Team.
  • To lead, support, hold accountable and develop the academic team focusing on high standards  of personal, social and academic development for students. 
  • To teach Computer Science (via the National BTEC in Computing) or Maths (inc. GCSE Maths,  Core Maths and/or Further Maths) A-level to Ada students, maintaining outstanding standards  of teaching, learning and assessment. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • To lead and oversee the internal Assessment Cycle at the college ensuring that it is appropriate  and impactful 
  • To work with the Data Officer and Data and Reporting lead to ensure that data is recorded and  reported accurately. 
  • To ensure teachers and the college use assessment well. 
  • To improve staff’s knowledge of the appropriate use of assessment in regular Continuing  Professional Development (CPD) sessions  
  • To quality assure assessment materials including ensuring the moderation of A-level internal  assessments 
  • To lead quality assurance of BTEC qualifications to ensure all assessment is accurate, valid and  meets national standards. 
  • To line manage the Exams Officer to ensure external examinations are carried out effectively and  to the required standards. 
  • To work with the SENCO to ensure that students with access arrangements for examinations are  properly administered.  

Personal Development - Progression  

  • To develop and lead on careers guidance and progression to ensure all students are working  towards suitable progression routes either into the digital sector or onto a relevant university  course, including managing the UCAS application process and Apprenticeship applications  process.  
  • To lead and manage the college’s Trips and Visits Programme with the support of the wider  team and the Director of External Relations.   
  • To ensure that the college’s Trips and Visits policy is up to date and is correctly observed by all  staff and students. 
  • To work with the lead of the coaching programme, ensuring students have access to an  excellent coach from the technology sector to support them in making progression choices and  securing these choices, as well as regularly liaising with industry coaches to ensure they are  supported in their roles. 

Leadership & Management 

  • To inspire, challenge, motivate and empower other teaching staff to attain challenging  outcomes. 
  • To establish clear expectations and constructive working relationships amongst staff.
  • To line manage members of the teaching team. 
  • To work alongside the sixth form SLT to ensure that parents / carers are well-informed of their  child’s progress in particular through regular parents / carers consultation evenings.
  • To Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the sixth form staff building their practice  and knowledge in line with key responsibilities including Assessment and Progression 

Quality of Education  

  • To work alongside the Principal in ensuring the college’s curriculum offer is ambitious and  coherently planned 
  • Teach as part of our curriculum and deliver excellent results. 

As a Teacher: 

  • To teach computer science and/or maths (inc. potentially GCSE Maths, Core Maths or Further  Maths) to Ada students, maintaining outstanding standards of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • To support the college in developing an inventive approach to teaching, learning and assessment  so that all students are challenged effectively and enabled not simply to get high grades but also  to gain an excellent understanding of the subject which propels them into successful futures.
  • To prepare appropriate resources for lessons. 
  • To provide academic support for students in their lessons, as well as a reasonable degree of  support outside lessons (e.g. after college or during part of lunch) to ensure that every student  makes continuous and effective progress. 
  • To provide feedback on students’ progress to the college, to parents/carers and to students  themselves where appropriate and as directed by Senior Leaders. 
  • To provide or contribute to written assessments, reports and references relating to individual  students and groups of students. 
  • To participate in arrangements for preparing students for public examinations and in assessing  students for the purposes of such examinations. 
  • To participate fully in the learning community of Ada teachers, for example by regularly observing  colleagues and welcoming observations in return, by contributing enthusiastically to discussions  around teaching and learning, and by attending professional development activities either at Ada  or elsewhere to improve and enhance your own practice, including attending meetings which take  place outside of normal working hours. 

Alongside the Principal 

  • Embody Ada’s values of Curiosity, Rigour, Creativity, Collaboration and Resilience with staff and  students on a daily basis and work to instil a culture and ethos that evidences these.
  • Work to ensure the quality of student experience is rated highly through student and parent  surveys. 
  • To contribute to the management of key college events, including open events, consultation  evenings, assessment days and welcome events and student recruitment interviews.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the College’s operational activities as required.
  • To line manage appropriate A-Level subject leads to ensure high academic performance of  students against their targets. 

Essential Qualifications and Experience 

  • Experience of middle leadership in a school/college or similar environment 
  • Degree level qualification in a relevant subject 
  • Qualified teacher status (QTS) / PGCE / Lecturer qualification (QTLS)  

Desirable Qualifications and Experience 

  • Knowledge of industry, ideally the tech sector, and ideas of how to invigorate the curriculum by  harnessing industry’s challenges and ways of working 
  • Experience of coaching and developing teachers or teams help them improve their practise.  

The ability to demonstrate: 

  • Genuine passion and belief in the potential of every student 
  • An effective leadership style that inspires confidence in those you lead and encourages others to  participate in going above and beyond 
  • Versatility to adapt your leadership style in circumstances where an alternative approach is  needed 
  • Effective line management of a range of people – coaching and motivating them to achieve  excellent results in their roles 
  • Reflective thinking and learning from mistakes 
  • An ability to give feedback in a constructive and challenging way 
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong organisational skills which includes the ability to delegate, prioritise and use effective  time management 
  • Resilience and motivation to stay positive and focus on key priorities during times of challenge
  • Confidence and effective presentation skills  
  • A willingness to work flexibly and where necessary outside of normal working hours


The successful candidate will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check when appointed to the post. References for shortlisted candidates will be requested prior to the interview day. Further information about the DBS be found at 

Remuneration and Benefits 
Salary: £48,000 
Selection process: Application; interview and tasks relevant to the post 
Holidays: The college holidays are broadly in line with Haringey Local Authority term dates. 
DBS: All employees undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)  Check 
Pension: Teachers Pension Scheme 

Equal opportunities 
Ada. National College for Digital Skills recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and  promotion of diversity are integral to its strengths. The following principles apply in respect of the  College’s commitment to equality and diversity: 

  • To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity
  • To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential  community
  • To ensure that all employees and prospective employees of the College are treated solely on the  basis of their merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or  unfavourable treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital or civil partner status,  pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender  reassignment, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant distinction; 
  • To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from  prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation;
  • To promote good relations between individuals from different groups. 

Applicants with disabilities 
Ada. National College for Digital Skills is keen to increase the number of disabled people it employs. We  therefore encourage applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties  of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application please contact: 

How to apply for the role 

To apply, visit the TES website and click on the 'Quick Apply link'.

Please download the full job description below.

Thank you for your interest in the role and good luck with your application!