Assistant Headteacher, Lewisham

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Lewisham Virtual SchoolLewisham

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Contract type: Part Time
Salary: L1- 5, £47,751 - £51,669 pa (pro rata)
Contract term: Permanent

Job Ref: CYP-19-011

Can you lead and inspire vulnerable learners?

The role

The successful candidate will have a leading role in Lewisham Virtual School’s Senior Management team. The core responsibility will be to lead and manage the Key Stage 5 cohort of Lewisham Virtual school. They will have a proven commitment to delivering outstanding outcomes for vulnerable learners.

The key functions of the role will be

  • To Work directly with Headteachers in schools, Designated Teachers and other key stakeholders to drive up standards of education for Children Looked After
  • Collaborate effectively with partners in social care to ensure that education is a priority in care planning
  • To lead on transition from Year 11 into Post 16 pathways
  • To manage the Virtual School Employability offer ensuring all students are able to function as active citizens of their community.
  • To manage student voice and participation to improve engagement in employment and training
  • Assist the Headteacher in shaping the Vision and direction for the School, setting out very high expectations  (with a clear focus on pupil achievement) and ensuring that this is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon by all stakeholders.
  • Assist the Headteacher of Lewisham Virtual School by contributing to the whole school assessment processes, analysing and evaluating data, enabling its use in setting targets and priorities.
  • Organise, develop and deliver cross service training for school staff, carers and social workers to raise their awareness of the diverse educational needs of Looked after Children and dispel myths and stereotypes about their capacity to succeed.



Laurence House, Catford SE6 4RU

What we’re looking for

The successful candidate will be able to work in a variety of settings including school, home visits to support a range of vulnerable learners to reach their full educational potential.

They will have experience of successfully managing staff and motivating them to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Experience of supporting young people to meet their educational goals and raising educational attainment is essential as is a passionate commitment to working with a challenging cohort who may have a range of additional educational needs. Specific experience of working with Looked after Children is desirable but not essential.

A significant number of children in care to Lewisham are placed outside of the authority to a willingness to travel is essential.

You need to be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven successful experience in the management and improvement of outcomes for a cohort in an education context
  • Evidence of effective partnership working with a range of agencies
  • The passion and energy to motivate, inspire and have high aspiration for learning outcomes of our Looked after Children
  • Empathic understanding of distress associated with mental health difficulties, experienced by both pupils and adults in their lives. Understanding of how these difficulties can impact access to learning and other barriers to learning


In return, we’ll offer excellent development opportunities, plus a range of benefits that includes a career average pension scheme, flexible working and the opportunity to make a real difference to our local community.

Salary Details

L1 - 5

£47,751 - £51,669 pa (pro rata)

Further information

For an informal discussion, please contact Patrick Ward on 07392191289

Lewisham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

We value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds.

The post is subject to a DBS.

To find out more, including a full job description and person specification, and to apply, please visit

Closing date: Sunday 9 June 2019 at 11:59pm.
Interview Date: Week beginning Monday, 17th June 2019

The Council reserves the right to close adverts early if there is a large response.

Job location

More about Lewisham Virtual School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State
Gender: Mixed
Address: Lewisham Council, 1st Floor, Laurence House, Catford, London, SE6 4RU, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 20 8314 8282