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Depute Headteacher Pupil Support Service FIF13441

Depute Headteacher Pupil Support Service FIF13441

Posted 2 April by Fife Council
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Job Description

Interview Date: Week Commencing Monday 6 May 2019

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the attached Job Pack. These explain the job role and the type of person we are looking for.  The main terms and conditions of employment are also available via the above link

As a member of the Pupil Support Service leadership team, the role of the Depute Headteacher (ASL) is, within their area of responsibility, to develop, improve and manage the teams/service to the benefit of the pupils, their parents and the wider community of Fife, through pursuing the objectives and implementing policies set by the Headteacher and Fife Council Education Children’s service, under the overall direction of the Executive Director of Education and Children’s services.


Before confirming appointment, you will be required to be registered with the General Teaching Council (GTCS) and obtain Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Membership through Disclosure Scotland.


You shall be accountable to the Headteacher and Education and Children’s Services and for the following list of duties and for such other duties as can reasonably be attached to the post. In carrying out these duties you will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the Headteacher/Leadership team in sharing the vision, ethos and aims of the service, to inspire and motivate learners, staff and all members of the learning community and its partners to set high expectations for every learner.
  • Working with others to establish, sustain and enhance a culture of learning and a positive ethos in collaboration with the whole service community to ensure that every learner achieves their potential.
  • Promoting an inclusive community that values diversity and challenges discrimination.
  • Building, maintaining and reviewing partnerships with other professions and agencies to support the learning, pastoral and emotional needs of learners.
  • Working with teams to systematically gather and use assessment feedback and learner’s progress data to evaluate and plan future learning. 
  • Supporting others to take on leadership roles and engage in regular and rigorous self-evaluation, individually and collectively. 
  • Working in partnership with the Headteacher, staff, learners, parents and partners in the wider service community to implement and monitor the progress of service/team/centre developments focussed on improving outcomes for all learners in the service that are based on a critical knowledge and understanding of contemporary educational policy, development and research.
  • Working with the Headteacher/Leadership team to create opportunities for groups to work collaboratively to take forward improvement priorities, as well as monitor and review progress.
  • Contributing to Fife wide and national developments and discussions to support and enhance the development of others, cross-sector working at all levels and the policy making process.
  • Supporting the Headteacher/Leadership team in setting, and communicating clearly, high expectations of the quality of teaching and assessment at all stages in the service.
  • Working with teams to design coherent and progressive programmes, and establish and develop pedagogic practices to meet the learning and pastoral needs of all learners.
  • Supporting a culture of professional learning, including engaging in career-long professional learning as a ‘leading learner’, encouraging others to engage in career-long learning to enhance their practice and consistent use of PRD processes.
  • Working with the Supporting Learner’s Service, Social Work, mainstream schools and other partners to ensure the best strategic and operational use of available resources to the benefit of children. This will include the creation and maintenance of bespoke packages of support as part of the ‘Team Around the Child’ to enhance and provide an appropriate learning environment for effective teaching and learning and to support improvement in learning and life chances for the most vulnerable pupils within Fife.
  • Managing the safety and welfare of all within their area of responsibility, giving due regard to health and safety legislation.
  • Effectively managing resources and budget within their area of responsibility to ensure best value.
The Individual

Fife Council is looking to recruit a talented and committed Depute Headteacher who is willing to apply new learning with enthusiasm. They should be confident and able to demonstrate they are an experienced and innovative practitioner who will take on a lead role in curricular development and assist in the leadership of aspects of school and service life. They should have a sound and detailed knowledge and understanding of the relevant aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence 3-18 as well as possessing good leadership skills to deliver on improvement priorities and be able to demonstrate they have a commitment to the vision, values and core priorities in the development of education, teaching and learning which meets the needs of all pupils.

Whilst demonstrating these competencies, in Fife Council our How We Work Matters framework is at the heart of our local authority. Our Depute Headteachers will be responsible for being a role model by displaying and promoting behaviours that are expected of all council employees: 

  • Take ownership
  • Focus on customers
  • Work together
  • Embrace technology & information
  • Deliver results

The Depute Headteacher will be based in Rimbleton House, with responsibility for the South Fife area centres and supporting the wider ASN strategy for Fife by building capacity within schools and partner agencies for their area. They will be required to travel between schools and centres regularly, working with a high degree of independence, creativity and flexibility across a range of services and sectors.

For further information please contact: Robbie Duncan onext 445638 or e-mail 

Reference: 37664499

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