Job Title: Assistant Principal – Director of Learning and Standards
Hours of Work: Full Time
Salary: £55,000 to £60,000
Department: Everton Free School Community Trust
Location: Everton Free School Community Trust – Locations in Liverpool
Responsible to: Principal Designate
Permanent Core and Specialist Teaching Staff (shared with the Deputy
Closing Date: TBC
To motivate and incentivise disenfranchised young people aged between 14-19 years to re-engage with
education through an alternative form of learning. The school will reach out to those who, for whatever
reason, have been excluded or are in danger of exclusion, and have become disengaged or disillusioned
with mainstream education.
Together with the Deputy Principal, assist the Principal Designate to provide professional leadership and
management of the Everton Free School, ensuring high standards of achievement for its students, and
assisting in the development of the Schools vocational and core curricula and timetables.
To undertake the senior leadership and management responsibility for Teaching and Learning across the
whole School, ensuring a culture of outstanding teaching practice and leading the on-going monitoring of
1. Core Responsibilities – Learning and Standards
To undertake senior leadership and management responsibility for Teaching and Learning
across the whole school.
To ensure a culture of outstanding teaching practice is embedded through the delivery of
effective staff training and on-going monitoring of teacher performance
To lead in the development and effective implementation of the Schools vocational and core
To promote curriculum innovation and personalisation.
To share responsibility for the development and implementation of the School timetable.
To assume the role as the designated Quality Nominee for the School.
To raise achievement through implementing and overseeing student achievement through
effective tracking and monitoring of progress.
To supervise assessment and examination procedures and protocols.
To model the values and vision of the Everton Free School.
To develop a school that is constantly seeking ways to learn and to improve its performance.
To develop and maintain an environment that attracts and retains the best staff and volunteers.
To develop programmes of internal observation and moderation.
To encourage cross-curricular activity.
To supervise carrying out plans for NQT’s.
To liaise and work with other specialist staff to arrange and monitor work based learning.
2. Managing People & Developing Strong Working Relationships
To act as a member of the core Senior Leadership Team at the Everton Free School.
Assist and/or lead on the recruitment and selection of teaching and support staff.
To provide inspirational leadership and guidance for direct reports and other teaching and
Exercise effective staff management, lead and motivate others and generate effective working
relationships at all levels.
Ensure all direct reports and teaching and support staff are fully informed of strategic and
operational objectives particularly in the area of Teaching and Learning.
Set operational and/or performance goals for direct reports which are clearly linked to the long
term goals of the Free School and encourage continuous development of the existing operation.
Monitor performance against performance goals to ensure that progress is being made.
Conduct regular meetings with relevant staff to ensure that priorities are clear and coordination is
Maximise the contribution of all staff to improve the quality of education provided and standards
Manage the effective deployment and performance of all staff by ensuring their professional
development through effective systems.
Create and maintain good working relationships among all members of the school community.
To lead and support staff in their duties and professional development.
Sustain and develop own motivation and that of all teaching and support staff.
3. Learning & Teaching
To maximise the Everton Free School values, ethos and brand to motivate and incentivise
disenfranchised young people aged between 14-19 years to re-engage with education through
an alternative form of learning.
To plan, prepare and deliver lessons according to the relevant subject area.
To teach for no more than 12 hours a week as required.
Ensure that the curriculum and lessons delivered in all subject areas match the needs of all
Develop creative approaches to meeting the needs of students who enter the Everton Free
School with a low skill base and who require intensive support.
Achieve a sense of harmony, through effective management of student behaviour.
Manage student welfare as and when required. Maintain high standards and expectations for all
4. Administration, Reporting and Communication
To manage allocated budgets and resources.
To undertake responsibility for all quality assessment, recording and reporting issues within all
curriculum areas, including all internal verification processes and procedures.
To report to students and parents through documentation and by attendance at consultation and
To liaise with parents and other outside bodies in relation to core and specialist areas of the
To be responsible for all public examinations in conjunction with the exam board(s).
5. Safeguarding Children
Monitor potential safeguarding children risks and work with the School Child Protection Officer,
and the Head of Safeguarding for Everton Football Club to promote safer working practice
throughout the School.
Understand the School Safeguarding policy, procedures and best practice guidelines. Use this
understanding to ensure safer recruitment, safe working practices, appropriate reporting of
concerns and contribute positively to an Anti-bullying environment.
To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people
attending or associate with the school.
6. Other Responsibilities
To keep up to date with current relevant education developments, policy and new technologies in
order to enhance the quality of teaching and Learning and student achievement.
To exercise a commitment to the Schools mission statement and stated ethos, including equal
opportunities policy and health and safety policies.
To work such hours as may reasonably be required for the proper fulfilment of duties, including
some evenings during open days and whole school events.
To undergo any training required in order to perform duties effectively.
To undertake any other duties or one off tasks at the reasonable request of the Deputy Principal,
Principal or Chair of the Governors.
To attend SLT and departmental meetings and Inset as required.
To lead Inset and meetings as required.
Skills & Abilities
Ability to develop and implement an innovative
curriculum model, and to champion
imagination, creativity and flexibility to reflect
the needs of each individual.
Ability to be an inspirational leader, with a
commitment to the highest possible
achievements for all.
Ability to enthuse and engender a desire for
learning in children and adults.
Outstanding organisation, interpersonal and
communication skills (including written, oral
and presentation skills).
Ability to manage change, leading innovations
and meeting challenges successfully.
Ability to translate vision into practice.
The ability to build a collaborative and creative
The ability to tackle difficult issues and take
difficult decisions and convey outcomes clearly
Lead by example while adopting a flexible
management style that involves appropriate
stakeholders in decision-making.
Knowledge & Experience
Minimum of 3 years’ experience of leading a Minimum of 3 years senior management
department or function within a school within experience at assistant principal level or above
14-19 age range. within 14-19 age range.
Evidence of successful management through
monitoring and evaluation strategies to raise
the standards of the Quality of Teaching and
Learning, student outcomes, quality of
provision and efficiency.
Experience of successfully managing
challenging behaviour and helping young
people to grow in confidence with a positive
vision for the future.
Experience of developing and leading
curriculum initiatives using the latest
technologies to support learning.
Evidence of an excellent track record as an
effective innovator of education.
In depth knowledge and understanding of
national education priorities/development to
include the 14-19 curriculum, raising attainment
and assessment for learning,
Developed philosophy of high aspiration and
expectation for every child giving cognisance to
SEN, equal opportunities, diversity, ethos and
Have experience of supporting aspects of
inclusion. Meeting successfully the needs of
students with special educational, social and
Courageous, with relentless energy, resilience
and passion in pursuit of the vision, treating
challenges as opportunities and creating new
targets from setbacks.
A passion to see young people
disenfranchised and excluded from
opportunities and for whom mainstream
education has not worked – provided with a
new vision for life and to succeed.
A belief that a personalised curriculum
matched to the talents, aptitudes and interests
of young people is a powerful tool for effecting
change and bringing success.
Believe that all children and young people can
succeed both socially and academically.
A commitment to raising standards across the
ability and age range.
Demonstrable commitment to equality of
opportunity and inclusive education.
A commitment to the vision, values, aims and
objectives of the Everton Free Schools
Is a good listener, approachable, caring and
has a sense of humour.
Possess integrity and can inspire commitment,
enthusiasm and confidence from staff, children
and young people, parents/carers, partners,
governors and the community.
A lifelong learner who understands the value of
creative and innovative thinking and of taking
appropriate risks as a means to improvement.
Degree or equivalent level qualification. Postgraduate Qualification.
Qualified teacher status.
Recent and relevant management
To make suggestions to improve the working situation and contribute to positive employee relations
within their area of work and Everton Free School as a whole.
Health & Safety
To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and other employees, students and
members of the public who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.
To comply with all aspects of the Everton Free School Health and Safety Policy and Arrangements, to
enable the School to perform its civil and statutory obligations in relation to Health & Safety.
Identify and meet the needs of colleagues, students and stakeholders, focusing on initiating and
welcoming contact and communication whilst striving to deliver first class customer service. Recognise
potential complaint situations and make effective steps to avoid and/or resolve these situations.
To take responsibility for your own development and to help realise your own potential by undertaking
any necessary internal or external training sessions in accordance with the Everton Free School
Performance Management and Strategic Development Plan Review.
Ensure effective communication within your work team and across the Everton Free School whilst
actively offering support and guidance as necessary.
Equal Opportunities and Harassment
To cooperate with measures introduced to ensure there is equality of opportunity in employment. To
ensure understanding, awareness and compliance with the Everton Free School Equal Opportunities
To ensure that the working environment is free of sexual and racial harassment and intimidation and any
other form of harassment constituting unacceptable behaviour which is personally offensive.
This document is a guide only and should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended
as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing needs of
the organisation without incurring a change in the grading of the post.
All employees may be required to undertake any other duties as may be reasonably requested.