EA15/SER/PL15015 REGENT HOUSE SCHOOL Circular Road Newtownards BT23 4QA Appointment of Vice Principal (Post available immediately) Group 7 Leadership Scale Points 20 – 24 (£60,407 - £66,623 per annum) School Information Regent House can trace its ancestry back to the foundation of Newtownards Intermediate School in 1878 and has existed in its present form since 1924. It is a co-educational, non-denominational, controlled grammar school with a complement of 100 teaching staff (including 83 full-time teachers) and over 1500 pupils, of whom more than 350 are in the Sixth Form. The school moved to a new building on the present extensive site in 1962. A major programme of rebuilding and refurbishment is completed and the school now provides a wealth of resources to deliver the curriculum. The extensive facilities include specialist rooms for all practical subjects, a large Library with adjoining Audio-Visual suite, a Music Suite with recording studio, a Gymnasium, Sports Hall and Fitness Suite, five Computer Rooms, a Sixth Form Common Room and separate Study Centre, Drama rehearsal space and Performance Theatre, a Careers Suite, a Bistro and Dining Hall with Winter Garden and patio area, and Assembly Hall with adjoining Summer Garden. All classrooms have access to the C2K computer network and there are interactive whiteboards in every classroom. A new 3G hockey pitch has recently been installed in the school grounds. Central to the educational philosophy of Regent House is the belief that each pupil should be encouraged to fulfil his/her potential in a concerned and caring environment. Accordingly the school seeks to provide a sound academic education for all pupils to the highest level possible, to foster personal and social development and encourage the acquisition of that great range of skills needed for an individual to lead an active and satisfying life in the 21st century. During the first five years all pupils are prepared for GCSE examinations in which most attempt 9 or 10 subjects from the 28 currently available. After GCSE the majority return to the sixth form to study for GCE at A/S and Advanced Level. The majority of pupils proceed to University and other forms of Higher Education. Guidance about University and Higher Education courses and in the choice of careers is regarded by the school as an important aspect of education and is provided by a skilled careers staff. The school expects its pupils to wear school uniform and to maintain high standards of behaviour both in school and in public. Each form is under the supervision of a Year Teacher for boys and Year Teacher for girls who look after the welfare and progress of the pupils. There are also Form Teachers who are in charge of much smaller groups. Heads of Junior, Middle and Senior School, the SLT and Vice-Principals exercise a pastoral and academic oversight. In addition a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) arrange provision for pupils with special educational needs. The school also employs the services of a full-time Matron and part-time pupil Counsellor. It is the aim of the school that the special needs and problems of each individual pupil should in this way receive attention. The school strongly believes in the value of extra-curricular activities and caters very successfully for a wide range of sporting and recreational interests. All pupils are encouraged to become involved in this aspect of school life. Regent House operates a very successful non-denominational day school Preparatory Department, enrolling both boys and girls in the 4-11 age group. The Prep currently has an enrolment of 100 pupils and has a teaching complement of 8 teachers. School Information The Prep has a long-standing reputation as a school of excellence and provides a caring family atmosphere through the provision of a happy, safe, secure and stimulating learning environment where pupils are values and are able to learn effectively. Regent House believes in close co-operation with parents and seeks to enlist their support in all aspects of their sons’ and daughters' education. Parents are kept informed about progress through school reports, regular parent meetings and personal interviews. There is an active School Association which parents are encouraged to support. Copies of the school’s prospectus, which provides more detailed information on the school, are available from the school. Further information about the school can also be obtained from the school’s website, www.regenthouse.org.uk. Regent House has recently been inspected by the Education and Training Inspectorate. Whilst the report makes several important recommendations it also identifies that we have recognised a need to improve outcomes, have an appropriate development plan in place and that we have a renewed sense of vitality and collegiality and a culture of higher expectation amongst the staff. Alongside this appointment there are further significant changes at Senior Leadership Level with a number of colleagues taking on newly promoted positions. We believe it is an exciting time for someone to join us at a senior level as you will have wide ranging opportunities to effect improvement across all areas of school life. Key Areas for the Vice-Principal are: Please note that this job description is subject to change, through negotiation with the Headmaster, on a regular and on-going basis. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will initially take on more pastoral responsibilities but over time it is expected that this will broaden significantly. 1. General 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Job Description 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 To deputise for the Headmaster when required. To contribute at a significant level to whole school development planning. To design, implement, monitor, evaluate and review policies and procedures to effect school improvement. To participate fully in Senior Leadership Team meetings, value and support the work of all members. To keep abreast of educational initiatives, sharing knowledge and expertise with others. To take a leading part in the life of the school, supporting and assisting in the organisation of all events and activities and ensuring the presentation of a positive image of the school to the wider community. To establish effective links with parents, other schools, outside agencies, business, industry and the community to support and extend the educational experience. To share responsibility for conducting daily Assembly in consultation with the Headmaster, and Senior Leadership Team To be available for part of the summer holiday for evaluation, administration and/or planning as required. To represent the school when required at functions actively promoting the school in collaboration with any teacher or group of teachers working within the public relations domain. 2. Ethos 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 To set example and be responsible for setting high expectations of academic performance for all pupils and staff To set example and be responsible for discipline with the members of the Senior Leadership Team, Heads of School, Heads of Year and all other members of staff to promote a culture of self-discipline and learning and achievement. To be actively involved in the leadership of, and, the supervision of students especially in the following areas: daily arrival and departure of pupils to and from school movement to and from Assembly movement between classes behaviour at break and lunch-time in all areas of the school To deal with pupils who are referred by the Heads of School or Heads of Year for disciplinary reasons. To deal with concerns raised by staff, parents, pupils and others. 3. Staff 3.1 To assist the Headmaster in the efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources. To contribute to the annual review and production of the Staff Handbook. To advise the Headmaster on the implications for staffing in the light of curriculum changes. To contribute to the construction of the school timetable using the C2K system 3.2 3.2 3.3 Staff Development Job Description The Vice Principal in consultation with the Headmaster and the SLT will take lead responsibility for effective professional development of all teaching staff. This will involve: 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Monitoring and reviewing the Staff Development Policy for all staff. Further developing the school’s staff evaluation processes Circulating information on external courses and providing opportunities for the dissemination and retrieval of information on external courses. Working closely with the member of staff with responsibility for the Induction and Early Professional Development of newly qualified teachers and the placement of Student Teachers. Assisting the Headmaster in the management of the PRSD Scheme. 4. Pupils 4.1 To ensure the pastoral care needs of pupils are addressed through policy and practice. To take a leading role in ensuring we have a pastoral care structure which appropriates appropriate support and guidance for all our pupils. To take on the role of Designated Teacher for Child Protection. To create and maintain an effective partnership with parents in order to improve pupil achievement and personal development. To contribute to the management of Parents’ Nights and play an active role in all activities/events involving parents. To assist the work of the Headmaster on pupil admissions. To work closely with the Headmaster and Vice Principals on pupil placements. To oversee pupils’ subject choices at GCSE and A Level in liaison with the Senior Leadership team and the Headmaster. To complete UCAS references in conjunction with all members of SLT and subject teachers 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 5. Curriculum 5.1 5.2 To demonstrate a sound knowledge of current educational issues. To develop/review the relevant learning and teaching and assessment and marking policies in liaison with the SLT. To contribute to the regular review of curriculum provision with the SLT and Headmaster to ensure the needs of the pupils are appropriately met. To promote the integration of ICT/e learning by all departments in liaison with ICT staff and SLT. To contribute to the completion of the annual External Curriculum Audit. 5.3 5.4 Job Description 5.5 6. Teaching and Learning 6.1 To act as a critical friend to a number of subject leaders and departments (Senior Link supporting self-evaluation, teaching and learning and professional development). To monitor standards and promote excellence in Teaching and Learning throughout the school in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team. To ensure the learning environment reflects the expectations of standards of excellence and to check displays and promotion of pupils’ work. To teach a reduced timetable, set example of good practice and to carry out professional duties in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Employment of Teachers Regulations (1987), as amended September 1994. To contribute to the development and monitoring of the pupil tracking system in liaison with SLT (including intervention strategies) To contribute to monitoring pupil achievement and standards providing data for evaluation of the school’s performance and to identify areas for school improvement. To develop and deploy a range of strategies for engaging pupils and parents in the evaluation and review of learning and teaching in Regent House. 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 7. Other Duties 7.1 To carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Headmaster. The Vice Principal’s duties are not restricted to 1265 hours and the carrying out of the above duties will also involve evaluation, planning and administration in July and August. These duties are subject to change as required in the interest of the school and in negotiation with the Headmaster and Board of Governors. South Eastern Region JOB DESCRIPTION – TEACHING POSTS Main duties and Responsibilities 1 Planning 1.1 1.2 Planning and preparing courses and lessons; Teaching, according to their educational needs, the pupils assigned to him/her, including the setting and marking of work to be carried out by the pupils in school and elsewhere; Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils. Job Description 1.3 2 General 2.1 Promoting the general progress and well-being of individual pupils and of any class or group of pupils assigned to him/her; Providing advice and guidance to pupils on educational and social matters and on their further education and future careers including information about sources of more expert advice on specific questions, making relevant records and reports; Making records of and reports on the personal and social needs of pupils except in instances where to do so might be regarded as compromising a teacher’s own position; Communicating and consulting with the parents of pupils; Communicating and co-operating with such persons or bodies outside the school as may be approved by the employing authority and the Board of Governors; Participating in meetings arranged for any of the purposes described above. 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 3 Assessment/Reporting Providing or contributing to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual pupils and groups of pupils except in instances where to do so might be regarded as compromising a teacher’s own position. 4 Staff Development/Professional Development 4.1 Participating, if required, in any scheme of staff development and performance review; 4.2 a) Reviewing from time to time his/her methods of teaching and programmes of work; b) 4.3 Advising and co-operating with the Principal and other teachers (or any one or more of them) on the preparation and development of courses of study, teaching materials, teaching programmes, methods of teaching and assessment and pastoral arrangements. 5 Discipline/Health and Safety 5.1 Maintaining good order and discipline among pupils in accordance with the policies of the employing authority and safeguarding their health and safety both when they are authorised to be on the school premises and when they are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere. Participating in meetings at the school which relate to the curriculum for the school or the administration or organisation of the school, including pastoral arrangements. 5.2 Job Description Participating in arrangements for his/her further training and professional development as a teacher. 6 Public Examinations Participating in arrangements for preparing pupils for public examinations and in assessing pupils for the purposes of such examinations; recording and reporting such assessments; and participating in arrangements for pupils’ presentation for and supervision during such examination. 7 Review and Development of Management Activities/Administration 7.1 a) b) c) 7.2 a) b) Contributing to the selection for appointment and professional development of other teachers, including the induction and assessment of probationary teachers; Co-ordinating or managing the work of other teachers; Taking such part as may be required of him/her in the review, development and management of activities relating to the curriculum, organisation and pastoral functions of the school. Participating in administrative and organisational tasks related to such duties as described above, including the management or supervision of persons providing support for the teachers in the school and the ordering and allocation of equipment and materials. Subject to the provisions of Article 22 of the Order, attending assemblies; c) Registering the attendance of pupils and supervising pupils, whether these duties are to be performed before, during or after school sessions. Job Description 8 Number of days/Hours of work 8.1 a) A full-time teacher, other than a teacher employed in a residential establishment, shall be available for work on 195 days in any year of which not more than 190 days should involve teaching children in a classroom situation; b) A teacher, other than a teacher employed in a residential establishment, shall be available to perform such duties at such times and such places as may reasonably be specified by the Principal, or where he/she is employed by a Board on terms under which he/she is not assigned to any one school by the Board or the Principal of any school in which he/she may for the time being be required to work as a teacher, for 1,265 hours in any year exclusive of time spent off school premises in preparing and marking lessons and time spent travelling to and from the place of work; c) A teacher may not be required to teach as distinct from supervise children in a classroom situation for more than 25 hours in any week in a primary or special school and 23.5 hours in any week in a secondary school; Unless employed under a separate contract as a mid-day supervisor, a teacher shall not be required to undertake mid-day supervision. d) 9 Staff cover 9.1 Supervising and teaching any pupils whose teacher is not available provided that: a) b) c) In schools with an average daily enrolment greater than 222 pupils a teacher other than a supply teacher shall not be required to provide such cover after the second day on which a teacher is absent or otherwise not available or from the first day if the fact that the teacher would be absent or otherwise not available for a period exceeding 2 days was known to and agreed by the employing authority in advance; In schools with an average daily enrolment of 222 pupils or less a teacher other than a supply teacher shall not be required to provide such cover after the first day on which a teacher is absent or otherwise not available for more than 1 day was known to and agreed by the employing authority in advance; In schools with a complement of 1, 2 or 3 teachers and in nursery units in primary schools, a teacher other than a supply teacher shall, notwithstanding heads (a) and (b), not be required to provide such cover. Conditions of Service Job Description The conditions of service for this post will be in accordance with the Regulations of the Department of Education for Northern Ireland. QUALIFICATIONS Person Specification EXPERIENCE Applicants must: It is preferred that applicants: 1) Hold a teaching qualification which meets the requirements for Hold an Honours recognition to teach in grant-aided Degree (minimum 2:2) schools in Northern Ireland and or equivalent or higher; be registered with the GTCNI by Hold or be currently the agreed date of taking up duty; working towards a and PQH, a higher degree in education or possess a recognised management qualification. 2) Have a minimum of 8 years’ experience in a paid capacity of teaching in a post primary school within the last 11 years as at the closing date for receipt of completed applications. Applicants who hold or have held an equivalent post in the education service for part of these years will also be considered; and Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience within the last 8 years in a post of responsibility involving management duties attracting a minimum of Teaching Allowance 3 in a post primary school as at the closing date for receipt of completed applications; and Have experience of leading and managing a significant contribution to a whole school initiative within the last 5 years including the current year. 3) 4) The criteria may be enhanced. Have a minimum of 1 year’s experience in a paid capacity of teaching to GCSE level within the last 4 years as at the closing date for receipt of completed applications; Have a minimum of 1 year’s experience in a paid capacity of teaching to GCE A’ level within the last 4 years as at the closing date for receipt of completed applications; Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a post of responsibility involving management duties attracting a minimum of Teaching Allowance 4 in a post primary school as at the closing date for receipt of completed applications. Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience as a member of a Senior Leadership Team or demonstrate whole school developmental work at a Senior Leadership Level. KNOWLEDGE The successful candidate must demonstrate extensive knowledge of: Person Specification Personnel Specification SKILLS The successful candidate must demonstrate highly developed: PERSONAL QUALITIES Current educational developments; Resource allocation and management; Effective classroom pedagogy; Effective data management; Performance review and staff development; Developing sound professional relationships within the school and the local community. Leadership skills; Communication skills (oral and written); Interpersonal skills; Motivational skills; Organisational skills. The successful candidate must demonstrate: Vision; Enthusiasm and be highly motivated; Assertiveness and confidence; A caring child-centred approach; Integrity; Sensitivity and discretion; Ability to cope under pressure; Tact and diplomacy; Decisiveness. Application forms and associated documents may be downloaded from the Education Authority’s website www.eani.org.uk. TEMPORARY TEACHER POSTS Person Specification Please note that the post availability indicates how long a post will be vacant at the time of going to press and does not necessarily indicate the commencement date of any contract. Temporary contracts may subject to extension or may be reduced for any valid reason unless otherwise indicated. Certain circumstances may arise where the successful candidate will not be employed for the full period of availability e.g. Due to incomplete pre-employment checks at the commencing availability date. Where a post is available for a full 12 month period and due to unforeseen circumstances it is not possible for the successful candidate to commence their contract at the availability date stated, the period of employment will be reduced and the teacher will be paid on the hourly rate for teachers. Temporary teachers employed for less than a 12 month period will be paid on the hourly rate for teachers. DISCLOSURE OF CRIMINAL BACKGROUND If you have been appointed for a post that involves ‘regulated activity’ under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007, the Education Authority will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure of Criminal Background. Please note that you WILL be expected to meet the cost of an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate, which is currently £33. Details of how to make payment will be sent to you at the pre-employment stage. Further details in relation to legislative requirements can be accessed on www.nidirect.gov.uk/vetting or www.dojni.gov.uk/accessni REFERENCES This appointment will be subject to satisfactory references being received. One reference should be from a person who is able to comment on your suitability to work with children/young people in an educational setting. The Education Authority (EA) will seek references from present/previous employers for posts involving ‘regulated activity’. EDUCATION AUTHORITY From 1 April 2015 the Education Authority (EA) has taken over the functions of the South Eastern Education and Library Board. All appointment processes completed before 1 April 2015 will be unaffected by the transfer of functions to EA. All staff who were employed by South Eastern Education and Library Board on 31 March 2015 transferred to EA on 1 April 2015 and are protected on their existing terms and conditions of employment, including pension, in accordance with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 2006. General Information All ongoing appointment processes completed after 1 April 2015 will be offered by EA as the employing authority. All posts will continue to be offered on the basis of current terms and conditions of employment, as advertised. It is essential that you fully describe in the application form how you meet the criteria sought. Please provide detailed information against each requirement, providing dates and ensuring that where requirements are time bounded (e.g. 1 year within the last 5 years) you provide detail and dates that fully satisfy the requirement. It is not appropriate to simply list the various posts that you have held. Assumptions will not be made from the title of your post. Posts involving work in educational institutions are subject to the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007 Canvassing will disqualify THE EDUCATION AUTHORITY HAS ADOPTED A ‘POLICY ON SMOKING’ LATE OR FAXED APPLICATION FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED Please complete and return your application form and Equal Opportunities Questionnaire by post/hand delivering to the Equal Opportunities Unit, Education Authority – South Eastern Region, Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, BT16 2HS no later than 2.00 pm on the closing date for completed applications.
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