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Head of Education   1
                                                                                                     As a 52-week residential special school, staff from education,        E
                                                                                                                                                                        •	 	 nsure	that	the	quality	of	lesson	planning	and	the	use	
                                                                                                     care and therapy departments work together. This collaborative        of	assessment	are	key	elements	in	securing	high	quality	
                                                                                                     approach has led to the introduction of a new role for senior         teaching and learning.
                                                                                                     staff across the three departments. The Student Development
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                                                                                                                                                                        •	 	 ontribute	to,	implement	and	report	on	Sunfield’s	planning	
                                                                                                     Lead (SDL) is an operational and strategic role. Each child has
                                                                                                                                                                           regime, that develops innovative education, social care
                                                                                                     an SDL who co-ordinates the rest of the team around the
                                                                                                                                                                           and therapeutic strategies which contributes to Sunfield’s
                                                                                                     student to ensure there is a consistent individual learning and
                                                                                                                                                                           continuous improvement.
                                                                                                     development plan and that each student achieves well and
                                                                                                     makes good progress. The Head of Education will take the              T
                                                                                                                                                                        •	 	 ake	a	lead	role	in	working	with	teachers	and	other	
                                                                                                     lead for education ensuring the SDL function is embedded in           professionals to develop the curriculum, including the
                                                                                                     practice as well as taking responsibility for all other aspects of    personalised	and	24-hour	curriculum	and	ensure	
                                                                                                     the work of the education department.                                 appropriate balance and relevance.
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                                                                                                                                                                          •	 	 ake	decisions	in	relation	to	pupil	grouping	and	staffing.
                                                                                                     Managing and leading the school
                                                                                                     •	 	 e	the	named	person	(Headteacher)	responsible	for	
                                                                                                        B                                                                 •	 Support	the	daily	management	of	resources	as	required.
                                                                                                        Sunfield’s School Information and Evaluation Form.                   S
                                                                                                                                                                          •	 	 hare	responsibility	for	the	implementation	and	
                                                                                                     •	 	 evelop	a	school	ethos	which	enables	everyone	to	work	
                                                                                                        D                                                                    management of the performance management process.
                                                                                                        collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding,                  E
                                                                                                                                                                          •	 	 nsure	a	clear	agreed	teaching	and	learning	policy	that	
                                                                                                        celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes.            reflects Sunfield’s aims, taking account of the need for a
                                                                                                     •	 	 ake	the	lead	in	managing	an	effective	staffing	budget	
                                                                                                        T                                                                    collaborative	planning	cycle	which	reflects	high	quality	long,	
                                                                                                        including the staffing of classes on a daily basis and the           medium and short term planning involving all staff.
                                                                                                        management of absence.                                               B
                                                                                                                                                                          •	 	 e	a	member	of	the	Senior	Leadership	Team	taking	full	
                                                                                                     •	 	 hare	responsibility	for	being	‘on-call’	Education	Manager	
                                                                                                        S                                                                    across-site	responsibilities,	including	‘on-call’	duties.
                                                                                                        within the school day.                                               T
                                                                                                                                                                          •	 	 ake	a	leading	role	in	Sunfield’s	open	days	when	families	of	
                                                                                                     •	 	 articipate	in	and	take	responsibility	with	the	Education	
                                                                                                        P                                                                    our	pupils	are	invited	to	join	us	for	a	family	day.
                                                                                                        Management	Team	for	professional	development	and	                    P
                                                                                                                                                                          •	 	 romote	and	maintain	a	safe,	caring,	welcoming,	happy	and	
                                                                                                        training within the Education Department.                            stimulating learning environment.
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                                                                                                     •	 	 nsure	that	the	quality	of	teaching	and	learning	is	effective	
                                                                                                        and consistent leading to improved standards of learning
                                                                                                        and outcomes for all students.




    Job description
    Job title Head of Education   Core purpose
    (designated Headteacher)      The Head of Education as a member of the Senior Leadership
                                  Team will work collaboratively with other members of the team
    Department Education          who together oversee:
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                                  •	 	 ducation
    Reports to	Principal
                                  •	 Care
                                     S
                                  •	 	 tudent	Support	Services	including	Psychology,	Therapies	
                                     and Sunfield’s Assessment and Outreach Service (SAOS)
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                                  •	 	 he	Professional	Development	Centre	and	Research	Institute.	
                                  The Head of Education will ensure that education contributes
                                  to bringing together, in a coherent way, the following
                                  innovative developments:
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                                  •	 	 he	24	hour	curriculum
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                                  •	 	 he	student	development	leader
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                                  •	 	 n	integrated	children’s	service	approach	to	care	and	
                                     education.
                                  These	will	be	set	within	the	Every	Child’s	Matters	agenda	
                                  of	‘enjoy	and	achieve’,	‘stay	safe’,	‘be	healthy’,	‘positive	
                                  contribution’,	‘economic	wellbeing’.

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    Leading learning, teaching and assessment                               P
                                                                         •	 	 lan	a	comprehensive	programme	of	lesson	observation	
                                                                            to	ensure	quality	and	consistency	with	a	process	which	
       M
    •	 	 aintain	strategic	oversight	of	learning	and	progress.
                                                                            shares best practice.
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    •	 	 nsure	the	effective	orchestration	of	Sunfield’s	provision	to	
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                                                                         •	 	 nsure	all	lessons	take	into	account	the	learning	needs	of	
       maximise the achievement and development of all students.
                                                                            specific students, and an appropriate challenge is evident to
       M
    •	 	 aintain	a	secure,	caring	and	realistically	challenging	            ensure all students make good progress taking into account
       learning environment.                                                the range of ability within each group.
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    •	 	 iaise	with	senior	and	middle	leaders	to	ensure	that	the	           E
                                                                         •	 	 nsure	assessment	strategies	are	used	to	gain	ongoing	
       individual needs and aspirations of all students are identified      feedback of learners’ progress.
       accurately and provided for coherently and consistently to
                                                                            E
                                                                         •	 	 nsure	that	attainment	data	is	collected	effectively	to	
       maximise progress and achievement.
                                                                            inform school improvement.
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    •	 	 nsure	that	the	complementary	nature	of	the	24-hour	
       curriculum maximises the achievement of all students              School self evaluation
       with	respect	to	the	outcomes	of	Every	Child	Matters.                 E
                                                                         •	 	 nsure	that	the	accountability	of	individual	staff	and	teams	
    •	 	 ontribute	to	monitoring	and	reviewing	admissions	and	
       C                                                                    are	clearly	defined,	understood	and	agreed,	and	are	subject	
       exclusions, including co-ordinating visits to the young              to rigorous review and evaluation.
       people’s current placements and families, and ensure                 D
                                                                         •	 	 evelop	and	present	a	coherent,	understandable	and	
       appropriate arrangements for assessment through the                  accurate account of Sunfield’s performance to a range
       Sunfield Outreach and Assessment Service (SOAS).                     of audiences including Trustees, families, partners and
    •	 	 upport	transition	strategies	for	leavers	from	Sunfield	
       S                                                                    external bodies.
       ensuring appropriate transition plans are in place which             E
                                                                         •	 	 nsure	that	all	policies	approved	by	the	Trustees	and	
       best serve those young people.                                       Advisory	Council	are	implemented	effectively.
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    •	 	 nsure	there	is	a	common	understanding	and	agreement	of	 •	 	 ubmit,	in	conjunction	with	senior	leaders,	regular	reports,	
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       the essential characteristics of a good lesson amongst all staff    policy,	protocol	and	statutory	requirement	papers,	briefings,	
       and that these characteristics are regularly and consistently       advice and financial statements to the Trustees on matters
       applied in all lesson planning and teaching.                        relevant to Sunfield.
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    •	 	 nsure	all	staff	regularly	employ	an	appropriate	range	            B
                                                                        •	 	 e	accountable	to	the	Trustees	by	attending	their	meetings	
       of teaching strategies to maintain pace and actively                and	presenting	the	required	reports.
       engage all students.




                                                                                                                                             •	 	 e	knowledgeable	of	statutory	requirements	and	
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 ork	in	liaison	with	the	Head	of	Care	and	Head	of	
                                                                                                                                                inspection frameworks, ensuring that Sunfield meets                   Psychology	and	Therapies	Department	in	developing	
                                                                                                                                                those	requirements	and	is	prepared	well	for	inspection.               the Student Development Lead team process.
                                                                                                                                             •	 	 ystematically	monitor	the	provision	made	for	students,	
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 e	a	representative	on	the	various	groups	as	they	
                                                                                                                                                and evaluate its effectiveness in the light of students’              arise including Operations Groups, Health and Safety
                                                                                                                                                needs, Sunfield’s development priorities and national                 Group,	Professional	Development	Group,	Research	
                                                                                                                                                and regional priorities.                                              and Ethics Group.
                                                                                                                                             •	 	 nsure	that	audit	procedures	are	adhered	to	for	all	
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 evelop	and	maintain	positive	relationships	with	families,	
                                                                                                                                                Sunfield	resources	and	equipment.                                     placing	authorities,	local	community,	Advisory	Council	and	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trustees.
                                                                                                                                             Liaison                                                                  W
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 ork	with	all	service	heads	to	ensure	the	best	outcomes	
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                                                                                                                                             •	 	 o-operate	and	work	with	relevant	agencies	to	protect	               for Sunfield students including referrals of young people
                                                                                                                                                children and young people.                                            to Sunfield.
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                                                                                                                                             •	 	 reate	and	maintain	effective	partnerships	with	families	         The postholder will be expected to undertake duties at
                                                                                                                                                and carers to support and improve the achievement and              the reasonable request of the Principal.
                                                                                                                                                personal development of students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This job description is subject to review through Sunfield’s
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                                                                                                                                             •	 	 nsure	a	range	of	community	based	learning	experiences	           Performance Management process.
                                                                                                                                                and other organisations to enhance and enrich and value
                                                                                                                                                the wider community.
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                                                                                                                                             •	 	 nsure	positive	links	with	parents,	carers,	external	agencies,	
                                                                                                                                                sponsors and the local community and that they are used to
                                                                                                                                                increase their understanding of and their relationship with
                                                                                                                                                young people with complex learning needs.




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    Person specification
    head of education applicants must have the following                 LeaDing LeaRning, Teaching                                         SchooL SeLf evaLuaTion                                           LiaiSon WiTh SchooL PaRTneRS
    essential criteria:                                                  anD aSSeSSMenT in The SchooL
                                                                                                                                            Knows about:                                                     Knows about:
    •	 Be	a	qualified	teacher;                                           Knows about:
                                                                                                                                               S
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 tatutory educational frameworks, including governance          C
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 urrent	issues	and	future	trends	that	impact	on	the	school	
       H
    •	 	 ave	an	NPQH	if	not	a	serving	Headteacher;                          S
                                                                         •	 	 trategies for raising achievement and achieving excellence                                                                        community
                                                                                                                                               P
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 ublic	services	policy	and	accountability	frameworks,	
       H
    •	 	 old	a	first	degree	or	an	equivalent	professional	                  T
                                                                         •	 	 he development of a personalised learning culture within         including self evaluation and multi-agency working               T
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 he rich and diverse resources within local communities –
       qualification;                                                       the school                                                                                                                          both human and physical
                                                                                                                                               T
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 he contribution that education makes to developing,
       H
    •	 	 ave	excellent	interpersonal	skills	and	substantial	                M
                                                                         •	 	 odels	of	learning	and	teaching                                   promoting	and	sustaining	a	fair	and	equitable	society            T
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 he wider curriculum beyond school and the opportunities
       experience, knowledge and understanding of                                                                                                                                                               it provides for pupils and the school community
       management and leadership within a special educational               T
                                                                         •	 	 he use of new and emerging technologies to support               T
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 he use of a range of evidence, including performance
       needs teaching and learning environment.                             learning and teaching                                              data, to support, monitor, evaluate and improve aspects of       M
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 odels	of	school,	home,	community	and	business	
                                                                                                                                               school life, including challenging poor performance              partnerships
                                                                            P
                                                                         •	 	 rinciples	of	effective	teaching	and	assessment	for	learning
    Managing anD LeaDing The SchooL                                                                                                            T
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 he	principles	and	practice	of	quality	assurance	systems,	      T
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 he work of other agencies and opportunities for
                                                                            M
                                                                         •	 	 odels	of	behaviour	and	attendance	management
                                                                                                                                               including school review, self evaluation and performance         collaboration
    Knows about:
                                                                            S
                                                                         •	 	 trategies for ensuring inclusion, diversity and access           management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                S
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 trategies which encourage parents and carers to support
       M
    •	 	 odels	of	organisations	and	principles	of	organisational	
                                                                            C
                                                                         •	 	 urriculum	design	and	management                                  S
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 takeholder and community engagement in, and                    their children’s learning
       development
                                                                                                                                               accountability for, the success and celebration of the
                                                                            T
                                                                         •	 	 ools for data collection and analysis                                                                                             T
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 he	strengths,	capabilities	and	objectives	of	other	schools.
       P
    •	 	 rinciples	and	models	of	self-evaluation                                                                                               school’s performance.
                                                                         •	 	 sing research evidence to inform teaching and learning
                                                                            U                                                                                                                                is committed to:
    •	 	 rinciples	and	practice	of	earned	autonomy
       P                                                                                                                                    is committed to:
                                                                         •	 	 onitoring	and	evaluating	performance
                                                                            M                                                                                                                                   E
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 ffective team work within the school and with external
    •	 	 rinciples	and	strategies	of	school	improvement
       P                                                                                                                                       P
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 rinciples	and	practice	of	school	self	evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                partners
                                                                            S
                                                                         •	 	 chool self evaluation
    •	 	 roject	management	for	planning	and	implementing	
       P                                                                                                                                       T
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 he school working effectively and efficiently towards the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                W
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 ork	with	other	agencies	for	the	well-being	of	all	pupils	
       change                                                            •	 	 trategies for developing effective teachers.
                                                                            S                                                                  academic, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and their families
                                                                                                                                               development of all its pupils
    •	 	 olicy	creation,	through	consultation	and	review
       P                                                                 is committed to:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                I
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	nvolvement of parents and the community in supporting
                                                                                                                                               I
                                                                                                                                            •	 	ndividual, team and whole-school accountability for pupil
       I
    •	 	nformed decision-making                                             T
                                                                         •	 	 he raising standards for all in the pursuit of excellence                                                                         the learning of children and in defining and realising the
                                                                                                                                               learning outcomes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                school vision
    •	 	 trategic financial planning, budgetary management and
       S                                                                    T
                                                                         •	 	 he continuing learning of all members of the school           is able to:
       principles of best value                                             community                                                                                                                           C
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 ollaboration	and	networking	with	other	schools	to	
                                                                                                                                               D
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 emonstrate political insight and anticipate trends             improve outcomes.
    •	 	 erformance	management
       P                                                                    T
                                                                         •	 	 he entitlement of all pupils to effective teaching and
                                                                            learning                                                           E
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 ngage the school community in the systematic and            is able to:
       P
    •	 	 ersonnel,	governance,	security	and	access	issues	relating	to	                                                                         rigorous self-evaluation of the work of the school
       the diverse use of school facilities                              •	 	 hoice	and	flexibility	in	learning	to	meet	the	personalised	
                                                                            C                                                                                                                                   R
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 ecognise	and	take	account	of	the	richness	and	diversity	of	
                                                                            learning needs of every child.                                     C
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 ollect	and	use	a	rich	set	of	data	to	understand	the	           the school’s communities
       L
    •	 	 egal	issues	relating	to	managing	a	school	including	Equal	                                                                            strengths and weaknesses of the school
       Opportunities,	Race	Relations,	Disability,	Human	Rights	and	      is able to:                                                                                                                            E
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 ngage in a dialogue which builds partnerships and
       Employment legislation                                                                                                                  C
                                                                                                                                            •	 	 ombine	the	outcomes	of	regular	school	self-review	with	        community consensus on values, beliefs and shared
                                                                            D
                                                                         •	 	 emonstrate personal enthusiasm for and commitment to
                                                                                                                                               external evaluations in order to develop the school.             responsibilities
    •	 	 he use of new and emerging technologies to enhance
       T                                                                    the learning process
       organisational effectiveness.                                                                                                                                                                            L
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 isten to, reflect and act on community feedback
                                                                            D
                                                                         •	 	 emonstrate the principles and practice of effective
    is committed to:                                                        teaching and learning                                                                                                               B
                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	 	 uild	and	maintain	effective	relationships	with	parents,	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                carers, partners and the community, that enhance the
    •	 	 istributed leadership and management
       D                                                                    A
                                                                         •	 	 ccess, analyse and interpret information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                education of all pupils.
    •	 	 he	equitable	management	of	staff	and	resources
       T                                                                    I
                                                                         •	 	nitiate and support research and debate about effective
                                                                            learning and teaching and develop relevant strategies for
       T
    •	 	 he sustaining of personal motivation and that of all staff
                                                                            performance improvement
       T
    •	 	 he developing and sustaining of a safe, secure and healthy
                                                                            A
                                                                         •	 	 cknowledge excellence and challenge poor performance
       school environment
                                                                            across the school.
       C
    •	 	 ollaborating	with	others	in	order	to	strengthen	the	
       school’s organisational capacity and contribute to the
       development of capacity in other schools.
    is able to:
       E
    •	 	 stablish and sustain appropriate structures and systems
       M
    •	 	 anage	the	school	efficiently	and	effectively	on	a	
       day-to-day basis
       D
    •	 	 elegate management tasks and monitor their
       implementation
       P
    •	 	 rioritise,	plan	and	organise	themselves	and	others
       M
    •	 	 ake	professional,	managerial	and	organisational	
       decisions	based	on	informed	judgements

6   •	 	 hink creatively to anticipate and solve problems.
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Sunfield School
Sunfield
Woodman	Lane
Clent,	near	Stourbridge
West	Midlands
DY9	9PB
Tel 01562 882253
Web www.sunfield.org.uk