Islamia Primary School Published: April 4, 2022
London, United Kingdom
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Address of School:               129 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6PE

Name of Head Teacher:     Mr Shiraz Khan

Tel:                                             020 73722532              

Job Title:                                 Deputy Head Teacher (To start no later than September 2022)

Salary:                                      Group 3, L11 - L15 (inner London Weighting)

Hours:                                      Full Time

Closing Date:                         29th April 2022

Interview Date:                    Week Commencing 9th May 2022


 Mission Statement:

To strive to provide the best education in a secure Islamic environment through the application of the Qur’an and Sunnah. Our School

Islamia Primary School (established on 1983) is a two form entry faith based voluntary-aided school situated in North West London. We are a consistently ‘Good’ school aspires to be nothing short of excellent in all aspects of school life and we work hard to nurture and produce a generation that contributes positively to the wider community.

We are on a journey to become an ‘Outstanding’ school and the school is seeking to appoint a dynamic and enthusiastic Deputy Head Teacher to join our highly dedicated team. The prospective candidate should be an ambitious, energetic and outstanding primary practitioner.


We offer:

•         A positive and caring ethos and working atmosphere

•         Friendly children, eager to learn and achieve

•         A committed, enthusiastic and supportive staff team

•         Excellent support from the Governing Body, the staff and parents

•         An excellent opportunity for professional and career development


If you feel you have the enthusiasm and commitment to contribute to the ongoing development of this successful, friendly and supportive school, we would like to hear from you. Islamia Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for the successful candidate in accordance with Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education Legislation. The Post:


Job Title: Deputy Head Teacher

Line of Responsibility:

The Deputy Head Teacher is directly responsible to the Head Teacher and Governors, and is a senior post in the school’s staffing structure, which carries with it membership of the Leadership Team.


Core Purpose:

To provide professional leadership and management to the whole school in partnership with the Head Teacher

and to deputise in their absence.


Knowledge and Understanding:

The Deputy Head Teacher should have knowledge and understanding of:

·   Their school’s aims, priorities, targets and action plans

·   The curriculum as a whole

·   Any statutory curriculum requirements

·   The characteristics of high quality teaching and the main strategies for improving and sustaining high standards of teaching, learning and achievement for all pupils

·   How evidence from relevant research and inspection evidence can be used to inform expectations, targets and teaching approaches

·   How to use comparative data to establish benchmarks and set targets for improvement

·   How to develop pupils’ literacy, numeracy and information technology skills

·   How teaching can promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development

·   The implications of information and guidance documents from LA, the DfE, Ofsted and other national bodies and associations

·   The implications of the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs for teaching and learning

·   Health and safety requirements, including where to obtain expert advice


Strategic Purpose:

Deputising for the Head Teacher in all aspects of the role in their absence.

To assist in all matters relating to:

·   Continuing Professional Development, Performance Management, Self-Evaluation, Induction and Initial Teacher Training.

·   Identifying priorities for school development and in the management of change, including policy development and financial management.

·   Leading, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of others.

·   The strategic management of issues relating to ‘Every Child Matters’ and ICT throughout the school and across the curriculum.

·   The strategic direction and development of the curriculum

·   Monitoring the progress of staff towards meeting the overall aims and objectives of the school, within their areas of responsibility.

·   Maintaining a positive school ethos that reflects the principles of the Islamic faith.


Leadership / Operational Role (in conjunction with the Leadership Team):

·   Leading the whole of KS2 and least one of the core subjects.

·   Assessment and data management for the whole school.

·   Leading and managing the curriculum throughout the school including curriculum planning, delivery and resourcing.

·   Ensuring that all areas are developed by the subject leaders within their responsibilities and by other staff within in the planning and delivery of the curriculum.

·   Ensuring that all teachers are performing as effectively and efficiently as possible and supporting the Islamic faith.

·   Responsibility for teaching classes or groups of children as directed by the Head Teacher.

·   Development and delivery of the Extended School provision.

·   Specific responsibilities to b agreed on appointment.


Conditions of employment:

The above responsibilities are subject to the general duties and responsibilities contained in the written statement of conditions of employment (the Contract of Employment).

·   The post holder is required to support and encourage the school’s ethos and its objectives, policies and procedures as agreed by the Governing Body.

·   The post holder shall be subject to all relevant statutory requirements as detailed in the most recent School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document, including the conditions of employment for Deputy Head Teachers and for teachers other than Head Teachers.

·   In particular, attention is drawn to the requirement that, ‘teachers with leadership and management responsibilities are entitled, as far as is reasonably practical, to a reasonable allocation of time within school sessions to support the discharge of their responsibilities’.

·   In addition, ‘a Deputy Head Teacher shall be entitled to reasonable periods of PPA time to enable him/her to discharge his/her duties.

·   This post is not subject to the ‘directed time’ regulations

·   The post holder may be required to perform any other reasonable tasks as directed by the Head Teacher

·   This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post. It will be reviewed at least once a year and it may be subject to modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.



Be a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

The broad areas of responsibility for the designated safeguarding lead are:

·   Refer all cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children’s social care and:

·   The local authority designated officer (LADO) for child protection concerns (all cases which concern a staff member);

·   Disclosure and Barring Service (cases where a person is dismissed or left due to risk/harm to a child); and/or

·   Police (cases where a crime may have been committed).

·   Liaise with the head teacher to inform him or her of issues especially ongoing enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and police investigations

·   Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies

·   Training

·   The designated safeguarding lead should receive appropriate training carried out every two years in order to:

·   Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, for example through locally agreed common and shared assessment processes such as early help assessments

·   Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so

·   Ensure each member of staff has access to and understands the school’s or college’s child protection policy and procedures, especially new and part time staff

·   Be alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and young carers

·   Be able to keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals

·   Obtain access to resources and attend any relevant or refresher training courses

·   Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the school or college may put in place to protect them The Person Specification

We are looking for someone who:


•           A practising Muslim who is committed to affirming and enhancing the Islamic ethos of the school with an active commitment to supporting and further developing the Islamic Studies provision.

•           Understanding of the distinctive nature, requirements and purpose of an Islamic School and the local Muslim community.



•           Minimum 5 years Primary teaching experience (preferably across whole range) or other relevant teaching experience.

•           Minimum 3 years Senior Leadership Experience

•           Preparation for SATs and/or teaching in Year 2 / Year 6

•           Observing Staff and providing feedback

•           Own teaching meets criteria for good or better

•           Maths or English lead

•           Working with parents and community to achieve significant outcomes for pupils.


Exemplary practitioner

•           Proven track record of school improvement

•           Experience of delivering staff training (INSET)

•           Senior Management Team Role

•           Performance Management experience

•           Mentoring experience

•           Proven track record of leading whole school behaviour management strategies



•           Qualified Teacher status.

•           Degree qualified.

•           Other relevant professional development.

•           Accredited  training / evidence of extended study

•           Other relevant professional development


Knowledge & Skills 

•           The curriculum as a whole

•           Knowledge of assessment across the curriculum

•           Ability to articulate ideas in both verbal and written form.

•           Understanding of current educational initiatives e.g. SMSC, British Values, Safeguarding, Life without level.

•           Ability to reflect on own practice.

•           Specialist knowledge (e.g. SEND or a subject) which will contribute to whole school improvement.

•           Ability to demonstrate the importance of high expectations in raising standards

The characteristics of high quality teaching and the main strategies for improving and sustaining high standards of teaching, learning and achievement for all pupils

How to use comparative data to establish benchmarks and set targets for improvement

Knowledge of specialist strategies

•           Understanding of how to create and lead a team

•           Any statutory curriculum requirements

•           How evidence from relevant research and inspection evidence can be used to inform expectations, targets and teaching approaches

•           Knowledge of how to develop and enhance the teaching practice of others.



•           Leadership skills, attributes and professional competence – the ability to lead and manage people to work towards common goals - indicating headship potential

•           Decision-making skills – the ability to solve problems and make decisions

•           Communication skills – the ability to make points clearly and understand the views of others and speaking confidently to a large audience

•           Self-management – the ability to plan time effectively and to organise oneself well

•           Teaching skills:  able to role model good and better teaching to colleagues

•           Public speaking

•           Ability to be a good role model to others

•           Adaptability to changing circumstances and new ideas

•           Reliability and integrity

•           Commitment and passion

•           Ability to stay calm under pressure

•           Commitment to promote and lead the school’s Islamic ethos

•           Ability to stay calm under pressure and demonstrate resilience

•           Emotionally strong and ability to hold others to account.

•           Impeccable manners.

•           Ability to keep the school community unified and morale positive.

•           Evidence of the successful management of change

•           Demonstrate good judgement in their ability to problem solve, take risks and exploit opportunities

•           Commitment to improving their practice through appropriate professional development.



•           Positive, can do attitude.

•           Proactive and must use own initiative.

•           Helpful and supportive to others.

•           Committed to inclusive education.

•           Committed to extended services.

•           Committed to the development and wellbeing of all staff.

•           Commitment to supporting and demonstrating loyalty towards the Head Teacher and the school. How to Apply for this Job:  All applicants will be asked for:

·       An enhanced DBS check

·       References will be sought on shortlisted candidates before the interview

If you are interested in this role, please email Brent Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check.