Do you have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)? Are you an outstanding PRIMARY or SECONDARY school teacher/leader? Do you have experience of SEND? Would you like to significantly improve your work/life balance

If the answer to the above questions is yes, apply for the position of Deputy Headteacher at Esland Shropshire School today and start a truly rewarding career!
Esland are driven to changing children’s lives for the better by providing best-in-class specialist services. 

The position is based at our new SEN School in Ditton Priors, south Shropshire, located just 9 miles from Bridgnorth and 14 miles from Ludlow. We need our new Deputy Head to start the role in January 2025.

The school will be our fourth, and will reflect our aim is to prepare young people aged 8 to 18 for the future they deserve. Each school has their own ethos, approach, individual identities, and creative curriculums. The Turning the Curve™ model works in all our schools and we’re dedicated to giving children the opportunity to learn in a way that’s right for them and their specific needs.

About our schools:

  • To ensure safeguarding of all young people underpins every decision made.
  • To plan, prepare and deliver high quality lessons, demonstrating outstanding teaching and learning – there will be a teaching commitment in this role.
  • To lead a system and culture of continual improvement and high standards in teaching through coaching, team-teaching, and demonstrating excellence 
  • To lead on all matters pertaining to statutory assessment and testing. 
  • To lead on internal assessment and tracking systems.
  • To take a major role in monitoring and evaluating school provision related to raising standards and achievement.
  • To take a leading role in the pastoral care of all children in the school including 
  • behaviour management, child protection and safeguarding. 
  • Take a lead role in careers guidance and the careers curriculum
  • To support the Headteacher in the day-to-day management of the school by taking 
  • specific responsibility for daily absence of staff and cover, including PPA time
  • To monitor teaching and learning to ensure high standards are replicated across the school
  • To lead on identifying strategies to overcome individual pupils’ barriers to learning
  • To schedule and complete half-termly supervisions with the teachers
  • To carry out duties as identified in the Teacher Standards
  • To meet all Teacher Standards
Whilst this job description gives a reasonable overview of the post, it is not exhaustive, and the post holder will be expected to behave in a flexible manner and take on any other duties that may be reasonably delegated from time to time.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Expert understanding of innovative pedagogy
  • A working knowledge and understanding of the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and the Independent School Standards (ISS).
  • Experience of assessment without levels including tracking pupil progress
  • Knowledge and understanding of statutory assessment arrangements at KS3 and KS4
  • Excellent knowledge of monitoring and school self-evaluation as a tool for improvement
  • Knowledge and understanding of effective strategies to manage the behaviour of pupils
  • Excellent knowledge of inclusion including EAL, bilingual learners, minority ethnic 
  • Achievement and equality (race, disability, and gender)
  • Excellent understanding of safeguarding especially the safety and welfare of vulnerable and 
  • Disadvantaged pupils
  • Expert knowledge of strategies for closing the gap
  • The ability to teach a range of subjects, from KS2 – KS4 (and a willingness to learn new subject knowledge, as necessary)
  • A comprehensive understanding of a range of SEND needs, including SEMH
  • The ability to provide leadership to the teaching team, supporting them to develop outstanding outcomes for our learners
  • A willingness to act as a delegated authority in the absence of the Headteacher
  • Contribution to the educational and social development of each young person 
  • The ability to form effective relationships with young people, their families (if appropriate) and external agencies
  • To ensure that young people’s views and wishes are sought and acted upon where appropriate
  • Ensure that appropriate resources and environment exist for individual pupils referred to the service, and that opportunity for inclusion are available to all our students
  • To contribute to the relevant sections of the self-evaluation
  • To liaise with other teachers and teaching assistants in the team to ensure effective deployment of resources
  • To develop and to meet the needs of the school 
Personal qualities 
  • Ability to direct and co-ordinate the work of others, motivating, inspiring, and supporting staff 
  • Ability to set high standards and act as a positive role model, leading by example 
  • Self-belief, senses opportunities, and takes the initiative in moving things forward in a positive way 
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing with pupils and adults 
  • Skilled at leading high quality professional learning and development and staff meetings 
  • Approachable, caring and kind 
  • Ability to work under pressure, has a sense of humour and appropriate work/life balance 
  • Establishes and maintains constructive and open relationships with parents/carers, staff, governors, and the local community 
  • Possesses a strong set of values and beliefs and shows awareness of how these fit in with the values of the trust 
  • Is committed to continued self-professional development and is always trying to find ways to improve and be the best they can be

What we are looking for:

  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Degree qualification or equivalent
  • Excellent class teaching skills
  • At least five years’ post qualified teaching experience
  • A proven track record of leading whole school improvement
  • Experience as a primary, secondary or SEND teacher
  • Leadership experience 
  • SENCO qualification
  • Ability to teach KS5
  • Knowledge of careers guidance, including the Gatsby Benchmark
  • Degree/qualification in psychology
  • Higher degree or equivalent
Successful employment is subject to satisfactory Full Enhanced Disclosure, right to work and reference checks in line with government regulations and Safer Recruitment Practices.

All young people are equally entitled to have their needs met in a fair and balanced way. Esland employees are responsible for promoting equal opportunities for all and for challenging any behaviour or practice which discriminates against any young person or colleague on the grounds of race, religion, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other perceived difference.

We can offer:

  • Commitment to continued professional development
  • A supportive, inclusive working environment
  • A competitive salary of £43,780 to £51,960 per annum (depending on experience and qualifications)
  • Enrolment into Esland pension scheme
  • Comprehensive, paid induction training and ongoing training within the role
  • Fantastic opportunities for career development, we promoted over 50 colleagues last year
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Monthly recognition awards
  • Access to big-brand deals and discounts via our employee benefits scheme E-Together
  • The opportunity to make a real difference to a child’s life!

About Esland

With over 35 years of residential childcare experience, the Esland group now has more than 60 residential children’s and assessment homes, and three schools, that are spread across the Kent, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands and Northamptonshire regions of England. We strive to support our children to achieve their very best outcomes, through our bespoke residential care, education, therapeutic and activity-led wraparound services.

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