Assistant Principal Personal Development, Behaviour & Attitudes (with or without SENCO) - Maternity Cover
Post Title: Assistant Principal – Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes Nature of the Role: Maternity Cover - Full Time, Fixed Term (from January to Autumn half term)
Responsible to: Principal
Responsible for: Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes of the Sixth Form
Closing date: 1 December at 11.00. Apply now to be considered as applications will be reviewed on a roling basis and the advert may be removed if an excellent candidate is identified early in the process.
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.
As a small college in Tottenham Hale, north London, we have 155 students and a very diverse student body from a wide range of backgrounds and are committed to using tech as a tool for social mobility. We offer a supportive culture for students and staff and our excellent industry links ensure you get regular formal and informal CPD to support your teaching and technical knowledge and development.
We are a specialist college where all our students are passionate about tech and we are committed to supporting them to progress onto highly skilled roles in the digital sector. All students study computer science for at least 60% of their curriculum, with regular off-curriculum industry projects with partners such as King Games, Deloitte and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
We are passionate about high quality teaching and learning, using industry’s problems to bring education to life for our learners and thinking of innovative new approaches to communicating some of tech’s more challenging concepts!
Our students achieve highly across all subjects and progress to an amazing range of destinations. In Summer 2020 these included: Deloitte, Vodafone, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, BT, BBC, Oxford University, Nottingham University, Queen Mary University and many more with over 70% progressing to their first choice destination.
We received Good with Outstanding features in our first Ofsted inspection in October 2018.
Purpose of the Role
We are looking for a dynamic and inspirational leader 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. They hold an important leadership role and are expected to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills in working with the Principal on the implementation of the strategic direction of the college and working with individuals and groups to ensure the provision of a high quality of education for all our students.
The Assistant Principal is in particular accountable for the personal development, behaviour and attitudes of all Ada sixth form students as detailed in this job description. The Assistant Principal will also take on a number of other key roles commensurate with their experience and the seniority of their post, including oversight of support for students with special educational needs and disabilities.
Key aspects of the role:
- To be accountable for the personal development, behaviour and attitudes of all Ada sixth form students.
- To ensure the establishment and maintenance of a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment for all students at Ada.
- To ensure that the behaviour, attendance and punctuality of Ada students is outstanding.
- To lead and manage the college as a member of the sixth form Senior Leadership Team.
- To lead, support, hold accountable and develop the college Pastoral Team focusing on high standards of personal, social and academic development for students.
- To support, hold accountable and develop the college Team Leaders (tutors), and members of the broader pastoral team, focusing on high standards of personal, social and academic development for students.
- To lead and manage the SENCO ensuring students with special educational needs are receiving high quality teaching and their needs are catered for
- To teach students, maintaining outstanding standards of teaching, learning and assessment.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- To lead on all areas relating to the well-being and welfare of Ada students, including by acting as the sixth form’s Designated Lead Teacher for safeguarding.
- To ensure that the college’s Safeguarding policy and procedures are up to date and are correctly observed by all staff and students.
- To work alongside necessary external agencies to ensure that students are receiving the best care possible.
- To lead and maintain the college counselling programme.
- To monitor student behaviour, attendance and punctuality and, in consultation with key staff, decide on appropriate sanctions, interventions and rewards.
- To ensure that the college’s Behaviour policy is up to date and correctly observed by all staff and students.
- To work with and support sixth form staff to review and develop and implement the Behaviour policy.
Attendance and Punctuality
- To monitor student attendance and punctuality and, in consultation with key staff, decide on appropriate interventions.
- To work with and support sixth form staff to review and develop and implement attendance and punctuality to ensure we meet our college targets.
- To develop, lead and manage the PSHE curriculum, including Literacy, and to be accountable for its delivery and for outcomes in this area.
- To lead and develop aspects of sixth form provision beyond the classroom including Enrichment (Clubs), personal development, assemblies and independent learning.
- To lead the development and implementation of Clubs with the support of the wider sixth form team
- To lead the coaching programme with the support of the External Relations team, 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 trained and supported in their roles.
- Independent learning - study skills and Literacy in the PSHE curriculum.
- To support students, parents and carers with application to and to manage the range of bursaries available at the college.
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 all members of the pastoral team including the SENCO, the Pastoral Officer and the Learning support assistants (LSAs)
- To line manage the Literacy lead.
- 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 lead and manage all Team Leaders (tutors) by providing a clear framework for a successful and impactful team system, which supports students to develop outside of their academic studies, including by:
- providing a clear vision and direction to work, identifying key areas for improvement and planning appropriate actions to meet them;
- maintaining regular formal and informal contact with team leaders;
- ensuring all team leaders understand, and are actively implementing the key aspects of the college’s policies including those for behaviour, attendance and safeguarding;
- having an oversight of and input into the agendas for team leader meetings;
- taking the lead on those areas of staff induction relating to tutorial responsibilities.
- To lead Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the sixth form staff building their practice and knowledge in line with key responsibilities including Safeguarding training, Behaviour , PSHE and SEND.
Quality of Education
- To work alongside the lead for careers and progression to ensure all students are working towards suitable progression routes either into the digital sector or onto a relevant university course.
- To work alongside the SENCO to ensure students with special educational needs are receiving high quality teaching and their needs are catered for, including examination access arrangements.
- Teach as part of our curriculum offer and deliver excellent results.
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.
- Assist with the recruitment and selection of staff.
- To contribute to the management of key college events, including open events, consultation evenings, assessment days and welcome events.
- Assist in planning and managing the student recruitment process, alongside the Outreach Manager, including carrying out interviews.
- Help foster effective links with industry partners, the FE and HE sectors and the local community.
- Contribute to the implementation of the College’s operational activities.
- To line manage appropriate A-Level subject leads to ensure high academic performance of students against their targets.
- To assist the careers and progression lead to ensure all students are working towards suitable progression routes either into the digital sector or onto a relevant university course, including support in managing the UCAS application process and with the writing and editing of college UCAS references.
Essential Qualifications and Experience
- Experience of middle leadership in a school/college or similar environment
- Degree level qualification in a relevant subject
- Delivery of your subject at Level 3 with an excellent track record of results
- Pastoral experience with KS4 or post 16 students and an understanding of what excellent pastoral support looks like
Desirable Qualifications and Experience
- Experience of senior leadership in a school/college environment
- Experience of leadership in a pastoral educational context including leading on school wide attendance, punctuality and behaviour
- Experience of implementing and maintaining effective behaviour management strategies
- Experience of school / college safeguarding leadership, including working with third party agencies
- Experience of leading on the support of students with special educational needs and disabilities for instance as a SENCO
- Experience of leading teams within an educational context and evidence of a positive and sustained impact
- Leadership and implementation of effective intervention programmes at a department/year/school or college wide level that had a proven impact on results
- Leadership of a range of school/college wide initiatives with evidence of impact
- Experience of coaching and developing teachers and/or pastoral staff to help them improve their practise.
- Knowledge of industry, ideally the tech sector, and ideas of how to invigorate the curriculum by harnessing industry’s challenges and ways of working
Leadership and Management – the ability to demonstrate:
- Genuine passion and belief in the potential of every student
- An educational vision aligned with the college’s high aspirations
- Clear strategies for establishing consistently high standards of results and behaviour in complex inner-city schools and a commitment to relentlessly instilling these
- 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
- A desire to innovate and try new approaches, being reflective and learning from mistakes
- An ability to give feedback in a constructive and challenging way
- An ambassadorial approach in all dealings with the community and subsequently to be positive in successfully marketing the college in the community
- 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 during assemblies, parents and carers events and other public speaking opportunities
- 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 www.gov.uk
Remuneration and Benefits
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
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 HR@ada.ac.uk.
How to apply
Please complete the application form addressing how you meet the person specification and email to Jobs@ada.ac.uk , in the subject field please write “Application for Assistant Principal PDBW” followed by your name. If you have any questions about the role or for a confidential conversation about the post, please contact Jobs@ada.ac.uk putting ‘Application query for Assistant Principal PDBW’ in the email title.
All appointments are subject to satisfactory references.
Thank you for your interest in Ada. National College for Digital Skills.