Deputy Director of School Improvement (Secondary) – Vision Academy Learning Trust

Job Summary
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Full time
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Advert End Date:
04/02/2022 09:00
£64,143 - £76,141 - Leadership L18-L25
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Schools - Leadership
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Closing date:
4 Feb
Further Information

Deputy Director of School Improvement (Secondary): Personal Development, Behaviour & Attitudes
Permanent contract required from April 2022
Full time

The Trust is committed to safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Interview Date - Monday 14th / Tuesday 15th February 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and inspirational Senior Leader who is seeking a new challenge and wishing to join a dynamic and supportive MAT. The Vision Academy Learning Trust was established in 2016 and currently consists of three secondary schools, 5 primary schools and a teaching school.

We seek to appoint an outstanding and proven leader who has high aspirations, drive, enthusiasm and the commitment to lead school improvement activities across the Trust as we move to the next stage in our development as we strive to achieve even greater successes, improving progress measures and Ofsted judgements. We are determined to have outstanding student and subject progress, with the very best practice in teaching and learning and to create inspirational learning experiences for all of our students. We are looking for an experience and commitment Senior Leader who believes passionately that every student, regardless of background can make excellent academic and personal progress

The Deputy Director of School Improvement will be responsible for leading key areas of the Trust secondary school improvement framework and be directly responsible for improvement in Personal Development and Behaviour and Attitudes. They will do this by leading key actions that support swift and sustainable improvements, specifically in our sponsored academies.

The Deputy Director of School Improvement will be a senior member of the Trust Education Improvement Team and work with the CEO and Director for Improvement to agree engagement, management, co-ordination and accountability of work streams, actions and impact measures.

The Deputy Director of School Improvement will work with Headteachers to take the strategic lead for implementing the Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes improvement plans, leading key staff and being a highly visible leader. The Standards Office will be deployed full time in an identified school to ensure progress is rapid and secured and will work as a member of that school’s Senior Leadership Team.

The key purpose of the Deputy Director of School Improvement for Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes is to effect consistent improvement across Vision Academy Learning Trust. The successful applicant will have:
- Evidence of outstanding, sustained and successful experience as a leader and teacher
- Highly effective experience of leading and implementing strategies for improving the quality of whole school Personal Development
- Highly effective experience of leading and implementing strategies for improving the quality of whole school Behaviour and Attitudes, including attendance
- Demonstrable the ability to strategically plan with transparent accountability.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a variety of audiences
- Experience of establishing and sustaining effective organisational structures, systems, policy, accountability and practice
- Excellent knowledge and understanding of Keeping Children Safe in Education with a robust commitment to the thorough implementation of the safeguarding agenda
- Experience of building and sustaining effective and successful relationships with parents, carers, other educational partners and the wider community
- Demonstrate personal and professional integrity, including modelling values and vision

The successful candidate must:
- Be a successful leader at Deputy Headteacher, Assistant Head Teacher level, School Improvement Officer or Ofsted Inspector with proven record of leading and improving school behaviour and / or Personal Development for at least three full years with demonstrable impact.
- Have up-to-date knowledge of the law pertaining to all aspects of pastoral school leadership
- Have proven experience of implementing effective strategies for reducing exclusions
- Be well versed in all aspects of the Ofsted framework
- Be an advocate for enrichment and opportunities to develop character and engagement
- View strong SMSC and RSE provision as an integral part of a good education
- Have a proven ability to raise and sustain standards and progress in schools and departments
- Have a highly effective style that is both consultative and influential.
- Be able to demonstrate resilience, motivation, and commitment to driving up standards in all aspects of school accountability
- Hold a relevant teaching qualification and QTS, ideally with NPQH and a higher education qualification

We can offer you:
- The opportunity to have a profound positive impact on school improvement
- A dedicated hardworking team of staff with a large and skilled senior team
- The opportunity to work closely with the CEO and our talented Headteachers
- Supportive Trustees and Governors
- The opportunity to take on a high profile role within a highly effective multi academy trust
- Trust benefits
- A relocation package maybe considered if applicable

For further information about the role and to download an application form, please visit https://www.valt.org.uk and send your completed application with a 1500 word covering letter to:
Mr S White, CEO, C/O Trust HR Officer, Whinstone Primary School, Lowfields Avenue, Stockton on Tees. TS17 0RJ or email to : vacancies@valt.org.uk

Candidates who wish to visit the school prior to completing their application (subject to COVID restrictions), or would like to speak to the CEO should contact the CEO’s PA, Mrs Anne Robinson, a.robinson@valt.org.uk to arrange a convenient time.