Opus Education are looking to appoint an outstanding, dynamic Principal at an Alternative Provision setting based just outside the Exeter City Centre, for pupils aged from 4 to 16 years. Our ideal candidate will have excellent teamwork and communication skills, boundless patience and resilience and the ability and enthusiasm to make a difference with pupils who have a range of social, emotional and mental health needs. We are looking for someone who embodies the Trust’s values; someone who has diverse experience, as well as a passion for working with young people with additional needs.
This role is suitable for an experienced senior leader, with demonstrable success of leading inclusive education. You will have the ability to lead change and raise standards, alongside a desire to create an outstanding educational offer for pupils.
You will not work alone. The Academy Trust works as a collegiate team across the Southwest and as a result, there is the opportunity to work with peers in internal professional networks as well as benefit from a supportive Executive Team who are highly committed and dedicated to success.
The Principal is responsible for effectively leading, managing and inspiring the academy, ensuring all children/young people referred to the Trust and employees in the academy achieve their full potential in an inclusive and safe environment in accordance with local and statutory policies and guidance.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Be accountable for ensuring that the academy is a safe place to work and learn and that all Health and Safety requirements are met;
Maintain and promote the academy as a safe place for pupils by enforcing safer recruitment and safeguarding systems
Ensure all staff are trained and understand how to keep pupils safe and deter unsuitable persons;
Be responsible for the academy premises making sure that they are fit for purpose and identifying future needs;
Ensure that all responsibilities delegated by the Executive Committee and the Local Governing Body/Board are carried out;
With the CFO & HR Manager create and regularly review an academy structure that reflects the Trust's values and enables management systems, structures and processes to work effectively and efficiently;
Be accountable for the management of the academy budget and ensuring value for money and robust and effective financial management systems are in place within the academy;
With HR, manage the employment of the staff within the academy in accordance with their conditions of employment and current employment legislation;
With finance, manage the procurement of resources for the academy in line with Trust policies and financial frameworks;
Ensure that all resources available to the academy are used in ways which are for the promotion and achievement of the Trust's priorities, values and objectives;
Report regularly to the Executive Committee and the Local Governing Body on all resource matters within the academy.
Use all resources available to provide a stimulating curriculum and environment which will prepare pupils for their futures with confidence and determination;
To provide advice on specific issues for the Executive Committee on request, and to attend case conferences and other pupil specific meeting as requested
To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the Trust
Provision of up-to-date and accurate statistics
Leading Teaching and Learning:
Management of teaching and non-teaching staff associated with your academy, to include monitoring of appraisals and staff performance management
Ensuring efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources
Developing programmes of formal and informal education to provide up to 25 hours per week
Provision of educational advice for Statement of Special Education Needs under the Education Act 1996 and ensuring the needs defined in the statement aremet
To instigate and organise multi-disciplinary assessments of special educational needs, including arrangement for transitional reviews
Timetabling of appropriate staff and groupings of children in the academy and elsewhere
Lead, design, implement and review a curriculum for the academy which inspires and engages all pupils and makes learning really exciting and relevant for every child and is in line with the Trust's curriculum policy;
Improve and explore new ways of working, alternative curriculums and innovation, sharing with the Executive Committee and staff in the academy as appropriate;
Ensure a consistent and continuous focus on pupil assessment and achievement, using appropriate data and benchmarks to set, monitor, track and evaluate individual pupil progress;
Ensure that achievement is recognised and rewarded in every individual the academy;
Develop, implement and review effective strategies for behaviour and attendance management ensuring that these are understood and implemented by staff;
Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies, aiming for outstanding standards of teaching and learning at all times;
Ensure that communicate is effective with pupils, parent and carers on any matter relating to learning, progress, behaviour, attendance and any other aspect of school life;
Participate in the teaching of pupils as is appropriate within the academy and in the management of other duties;
Ensure that teaching is sufficiently differentiated to enable pupils individual needs to be met;
Develop robust systems to monitor and quality assure predicted outcomes across the curriculum in a systematic way
achieve a sense of community within the academy through the management of expectations, raised aspirations and increased self-belief
implement effective pastoral care systems and behaviours to maximise positive pupil welfare and a shared zero tolerance of bullying and other anti-social activity.
involve relevant stakeholders in a constructive way in decision making processes within the academy and develop policies and practices that recognise pupils as partners in the learning process.
actively participate in QA reviews of other academies within the Trust
Be responsible for monitoring progress and ensuring national and local performance targets are met
Where appropriate, attending and/or contributing to meetings called by education and other agencies, including Child Protection, statutory reviews and Children in Care reviews
To attend and contribute to team meetings on a regular basis
Setting appropriate educational and behavioural targets
Arranging INSET for staff working at the academy and within the MAT
Ensuring that children have access to appropriate accreditation according to aptitude and ability (including GCSE, RSA etc.)
Arranging and supervising work experience for pupils as appropriate
Negotiating and implementing academy re-integration plans
Qualified Teacher Status
NPQH, Masters Degree (Both Desirable)
Substantial experience in main stream/special school, Academy or PRU
Salary: Leadership Group 21-27
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 6th July 2022
Interview Dates: WC 18th July 2022
This is a great opportunity for an individual who is looking to make a genuine difference in peoples lives, for the better.
If you are interested in this role and would like to discuss further, please apply now or get in touch with Opus Education and we'd be more than happy to discuss further.