Assistant Head of Primary Academics

March 17, 2024

Job Description

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Assistant Head of Primary Academics | SPGS International School Chengdu | Chengdu (hirehive.com)

THE ROLE

The Assistant Head of Primary Academics is the academic lead in the Primary School, working alongside the Head of the Junior School.  The Assistant Head of Primary Academics shares responsibility for the day to day running of the Junior School.  By virtue of their standing, the Assistant Head of Primary Academics has the authority to take independent decisions where appropriate and may be called upon to deputies for the Head of the Junior School from time to time. 

OBJECTIVES:

The Assistant Head of Primary Academics is the academic lead in the Primary School, working alongside the Head of the Junior School.  The Assistant Head of Primary Academics shares responsibility for the day to day running of the Junior School.  By virtue of their standing, the Assistant Head of Primary Academics has the authority to take independent decisions where appropriate and may be called upon to deputise for the Head of the Junior School from time to time. 

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION:

QUALIFICATION

·         Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant subject area.

·         Qualified Teacher Status, PGCE

Working Experience, Competencies & Aptitudes

·         Minimum two years’ teaching experience at a UK or international school.

·         Experience of responsibility at a senior management level would be a distinct advantage. 

·         Good understanding of strategies to support learners with a range of additional needs. 

·         Good communication skills. 

·         Good teamwork and collaborative skills

·         Resilience and a good sense of humour 

·         Fairness, kindness, and warmth

·         Interest in wider issues relating to teaching and learning

·         Demonstrating practice that represent the five core SPGS values at all times (Achievement, Community, Liberalism, Creativity and Possibility).

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

General:

1.    The Assistant Head of Primary Academics is responsible in the Primary School for all aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum management & development and students’ academic progress, as well as overseeing Junior School testing, assessment and reporting between Years 2 to 6. 

2.    The postholder works with academic support staff as well as in liaison with other members of the Senior Management Team. 

3.    The Assistant Head of Primary Academics is line manager to Year 2 to Year 6 Primary Homeroom teachers

Faculty and Staff Performance Management:

4.    Leading, co-ordinating and supporting the work of Junior School colleagues including curriculum management, staff performance and ensuring the quality of teaching and learning in the  Year 2 to Year 6.

5.    Leading and co-ordinating staff appraisal and professional development in the Year 2 to Year 6.

6.    Setting professional standards and academic expectations for Junior School staff.

7.    Oversight of the Junior School department budgets and budgets for academic CPD.

8.    Convening and chairing meetings of the  JS Education Sub-committee

9.    Working with other members of the SMT to manage new staff induction and staff appraisals.

Student Outcomes:

10.  Overseeing and being responsible for the academic progress and outcomes of students in the Junior School.

11.  Organising and implementing quality assurance procedures: learning walks, lesson observations and book scrutinies.

12.  Implementing and managing appropriate tracking and monitoring systems, including those offered by third-party providers.

Admissions and Marketing:

13.  Managing the overall admissions testing for the Junior School.

14.  Ensuring the quality of papers set and having oversight of marking standards.

15.  Interviewing prospective students.

16.  Giving tours of the school to prospective students and parents as required.

17.  Speaking on academic matters at open events.

Digital Learning :

18.  Leading on and overseeing Year 2-6’s use of digital technologies to support and enhance teaching and learning.

19.  Introducing digital technologies to ensure that the school is at the forefront of digital innovation and its practical applications.

Operational:

20.  Planning and overseeing the Junior School’s reporting cycle.

21.  Updating and reviewing JS policies according to the policy cycle

22.  Day-to-day academic routines.

Strategic:

23.  Advising the Head of Junior School and the Board on future academic developments of the Junior School.

24.  Keeping the Junior School staff abreast of curriculum developments and initiatives, advising on their implications.

25.  Making recommendations to the SMT for the use of teaching space and advising on maintenance priorities. 

26.  Advising the Head of Junior School on academic budgets and educational spending priorities. 

27.  Attending meetings of the Governing Board as required. 

Safeguarding

Pastoral

Assessment and Reporting

Behavior Management

ICT/AI and GDPR

Homework

School Enrichment Events / Activities: 

Extra-Curricular / Co-Curricular Duties

Duty and Cover

School Meetings

Risk Management

Communication with Parents

How to apply:

Please apply on TES and send your recent CV to hr.sisc@spgs-shengbo.com