St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school PERSON SPECIFICATION – PRIMARY DEPUTY HEADTEACHER Category Essential Desirable 1 Faith • A practising and committed • Evidence of participation in Commitment Catholic faith life of the community • Secure understanding of the • Experience in leading acts distinctive nature of the Catholic of worship in Catholic school and Catholic education schools • Understanding of leadership role in spiritual development of pupils and staff • Understanding of the school’s role in the parish and wider community and in promoting community cohesion 2. Qualifications • Qualified teacher status • Postgraduate level qualification • NPQH award or Leadership Pathways certification • CCRS or equivalent 3. Experience • Successful experience of leading • Recent experience in a one or more subject areas Catholic voluntary aided • Substantial, successful teaching school experience • Experience as assistant headteacher • Teaching experience in at least 2 of the 3 key stages: Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 • Curriculum leadership in one or more core subjects • Experience of teaching in more than one school • Experience teaching mixed age classes 4. Professional • Evidence of continuing • Evidence of continuing Development professional development relating professional development to school leadership and relating to Catholic ethos, management, and curriculum/ mission and religious teaching and learning education • Experience of working with other schools/organisations /agencies • Experience of leading/co- ordinating professional development opportunities Category Essential Desirable 4. Professional • Ability to identify own Development learning needs and to (Continued) support others in identifying their learning needs 5. Strategic • Ability to articulate and share a • Knowledge of the role of Leadership vision of primary education within the governing body in a the context of the mission of a Catholic voluntary aided Catholic school school • Ability to inspire and motivate • Evidence of having staff, pupils, parents and successfully translated governors to achieve the aims of vision into reality at whole- Catholic education school level • Evidence of successful strategies for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating school improvement • Ability to analyse data, develop strategic plans, set targets and monitor/evaluate progress towards these • Knowledge of what constitutes quality in educational provision, the characteristics of effective schools and strategies for raising standards and the achievement of all pupils • Understanding of and commitment to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of pupils’ 6. Teaching and • A secure understanding of the • A secure understanding of learning requirements of the National the requirements of the Curriculum and Early Years Curriculum Directory for development Religious Education • Knowledge and experience of a • Understanding of range of successful teaching and successful teaching and learning strategies to meet the learning in religious needs of all pupils education across the key • A secure understanding of stages assessment strategies and the use • Successful experience in of assessment to inform the next creating an effective stages of learning learning environment and in developing and • Experience of effective monitoring and evaluation of teaching and implementing policy and practice relating to learning behaviour management • Secure knowledge of statutory requirements relating to the curriculum and assessment Category Essential Desirable 6. Teaching and • Understanding of the learning characteristics of an effective (Continued) learning environment and the key elements of successful behaviour management 7. Leading and • Experience of working in and • Experience of working with Managing Staff leading staff teams governors to enable them • Ability to delegate work and to fulfil whole-school support colleagues in undertaking responsibilities responsibilities • Successful involvement in • Experience of performance staff recruitment, managementl and supporting the appointment/induction, continuing professional understanding needs of a Catholic school development of colleagues • Understanding of effective budget • Understanding of how planning and resource deployment financial and resource management enable a school to achieve its educational priorities 8. Accountability • Ability to communicate effectively, • Experience of presenting orally and in writing to a range of reports to governors audiences – e.g. staff, pupils, • Understanding the criteria parents, governors, parishioners for the evaluation of a and clergy Catholic school • Experience of effective whole- • Leading sessions to inform school self-evaluation and parents improvement strategies • Experience of offering • Ability to provide clear information challenge and support to and advice to staff and governors improve performance • Secure understanding of strategies for performance management 9. Skills, Qualities • High quality teaching skills & Abilities • Strong commitment to the mission of a Catholic school • Commitment to their own spiritual formation and that of pupils • High expectations of pupils’ learning and attainment • Strong commitment to school improvement and raising achievement for all • Ability to build and maintain good relationships • Ability to remain positive and enthusiastic when working under pressure Category Essential Desirable 9. Skills, Qualities • Ability to organise work, prioritise & Abilities tasks, make decisions and manage time effectively (Continued) • Empathy with children • Good communication skills • Good interpersonal skills • Stamina and resilience • Confidence 10. References • Positive and supportive faith • Faith reference without reference from priest where reservation applicant regularly worships • Professional reference • Positive recommendation in without reservation professional references • Satisfactory health and attendance record NOTE: • Governors are advised to focus on determining whether the candidates meet the requirements in relation to the ten broad categories, rather than in relation to the individual criteria that are used to illustrate them. • The criteria may be evidenced across a broad continuum, ranging from evidence that is minimal through to evidence that is substantial and secure. • It is expected that evidence of meeting these criteria will be gathered from scrutinising the candidate’s application and observing all the various aspects of the interview process. • Governors may wish to determine at the outset in which aspects of the selection process they will seek to find evidence to meet the above criteria.
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