Job Description

Due to expansion of our Independent SEMH Secondary School, we are seeking an enthusiastic, ambitious and dynamic Assistant Head to join our Senior Leadership Team.

The successful candidate will have the leadership oversight of Teaching & Learning across school

The role of the Assistant Head Teacher (Teaching, Learning and Assessment) is a leading professional position in the school, directly reporting and accountable to the Headteacher of Burstow Park School and the Proprietor body. The primary objective is to provide professional leadership and management to promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school, specifically to:


  • Consistently manage and improve the performance of the teaching team to enhance the delivery of an inspiring quality curriculum leading to better outcomes for all
  • To work collaboratively with the Headteacher to provide day-to-day leadership, inspiration and management, and model outstanding teaching practice
  • Continually raise student attainment and progress through improvement in standards of teaching and learning across the key stages
  • Promote positive, appropriate and effective communications and relationships throughout the school community
  • To ensure the consistent delivery of the independent school standards


The Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Assessment is a key role to enable further progress at Burstow Park School. In recognition of the importance of leadership and management in this role, combined with exemplary teaching practice for improved student learning outcomes, the key duties include but are not limited to the following;

  • ensure that teacher subject knowledge is secure and is updated in line with new curriculum requirements
  • ensure that teachers plan lessons effectively
  • oversee the development of schemes of work and curriculum maps to ensure that they are logically sequenced, they meet expectations and facilitate progress for all
  • ensure that key information from students’ EHCPs, Risk Assessments, Annual Reviews, IEPs, and on-going assessments are used to plan appropriate teaching and learning strategies that enable all students to make good progress and achieve well
  • ensure that equality of opportunity, SMSC and recognition of diversity are promoted through teaching and learning
  • ensure that reading, literacy and numeracy skills are further developed and embedded through teaching
  • and learning
  • oversee the implementation of, and embed a rigorous, systematic phonics programme for students at the early stages of reading (RWI)
  • oversee the implementation of, and fully embed age-appropriate reading programmes to further ensure an inclusive curriculum offer (RWI for pre-readers and DEAR for all other students)
  • ensure that teachers and other staff have high expectations of what students can achieve
  • ensure that teaching supports those students who are falling behind and enables these students to catch up
  • organise and rigorously track the quality of teaching and learning through systematic subject deep-dives, including, learning walks, lesson observations, work scrutinies, student and staff voice questionnaires within each subject area
  • for those students who can access and engage with home learning, make sure that teachers set challenging homework that consolidates learning
  • in collaborative work with the Headteacher, develop and embed a school-wide marking policy to ensure that all teachers provide students with incisive feedback that shows them how to improve their work
  • implement and oversee additional wider-school activities, such as, tutorial work, assemblies based on a wide range of E&D topics that are specific for SEND/SEMH students, external visits and enrichment activities, to enhance the skills of all learners
  • intervene immediately through training, coaching and external support programmes to arrest underachievement due to weak teaching
  • support with the development of training programmes for unqualified and newly qualified teaching staff
  • ensure that parents and other stakeholders have a clear understanding of the skills and knowledge that students need in order to excel
  • take a lead role in the delivery of bespoke CPD including teaching and learning updates, in-school INSET and external training
  • maintain up-to-date records of teacher standards, CPD undertaken by staff and the impact of training and support programmes on teacher and student performance
  • participate in arrangements for the appraisal of the performance of teachers.
  • work with other school leaders to ensure up-to-date self-evaluation and action planning for the development of teaching and learning within the school
  • provide up-to-date reports on teaching and learning to other school leaders at the BPS, including the Headteacher, SLT, BPS proprietary-body and other key stakeholder groups

As Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Assessment you will:

  • assist in the day-to-day running of the school by providing daily leadership, inspiration, management, and modelling outstanding teaching practice
  • report to and meet regularly with the Headteacher
  • work in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure outstanding leadership and management within the school
  • support with the development of the school’s improvement plan and help devise strategies for development
  • promote career development and opportunities for career progression
  • work with other local schools and agencies to share good practice and develop provision within the school
  • be responsible for the line management and performance management of specific areas of the school.
  • participate in the recruitment and development of teaching and non-teaching staff of the school.
  • contribute to good management practice by ensuring positive staff participation, effective communication and procedures.
  • provide professional advice and support to others
  • Lead by example and be committed to high expectations
  • maintain a high profile around school
  • lead on delegated areas of responsibility
  • uphold and embed a culture that enables students and staff to excel
  • support with the effective deployment of resources to secure excellent outcomes for all students
  • have a deep and accurate understanding of the school’s effectiveness and strategies for improvement
  • oversee teacher development and improvement to ensure highly effective teaching and learning across the school
  • help to create a climate in which teachers are motivated and are encouraged to develop their practice
  • support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students ensuring that the promotion of British values is at the heart of the school’s work
  • promote inclusion, equality of opportunity and diversity
  • contribute to the safeguarding of students, promote student welfare and work with other senior school leaders to ensure that students feel safe and staff are trained to identify safeguarding needs
  • work effectively with parents and all stakeholders/external providers to secure the best outcomes for all
  • contribute and take an active part in SLT meetings and other key meetings as appropriate
  • participate in and support in the organisation and management of whole school events, i.e., parents’ evenings
  • deputise for the Headteacher when required and in their absence


For more information on how to apply, please click here.