Islamia Primary School - Assistant Head Teacher


School Islamia Primary School
Mr Shiraz Khan
Salary Leadership Pay Scale (L1-4) + inner London Weighting  
Hours Full time
Closing date Open until enough applications received
Interviews TBC


Striving for excellence in a secure Islamic environment through the application of the Qur’an and Sunnah


The 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 Assistant Head 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 Role

The Assistant 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 Deputy Head Teacher, deputising in their absence.


Knowledge and Understanding:

The Assistant 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

  • Skills and Attributes:

  • 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

  • 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


    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 Assistant 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, ‘an Assistant 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 or Deputy 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.

  • Safeguarding

  • Be a Designated Safeguarding Lead

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

  • Managing referrals

  • 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.



          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 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.


    Raising Awareness:

    The designated safeguarding lead should ensure the school policies are known and used appropriately

  • Ensure the school child protection policy is reviewed annually and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly, and work with governing bodies or proprietors regarding this.

  • Ensure the child protection policy is available publicly and parents are aware of the fact that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made and the role of the school in this.

  • Link with the local LSCB to make sure staff are aware of training opportunities and the latest local policies on safeguarding.

  • Where children leave the school or college ensure their child protection file is copied for any new school as soon as possible but transferred separately from the main pupil file

The Person

Attributes : Assistant Head Teachers draw upon the attributes possessed and displayed by all successful and effective teachers in the context of their leadership and management roles including:

  • Personal impact and presence – providing a good role model to others

  • Adaptability to changing circumstances and new ideas

  • Energy, vigour and perseverance

  • Self-confidence

  • Enthusiasm

  • Intellectual ability and emotionally strong

  • Reliability and integrity

  • Commitment and passion

  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and demonstrate resilience


    Strategic Purpose

  • Deputising for the Head Teacher and Deputy 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 ‘Child Wellbeing’ 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):

  • 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 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 and Deputy Head Teacher.

  • Development and delivery of the Extended School provision.

  • Other responsibilities to be agreed on appointment


Brent Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check.

How to apply

Brent Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check.


If you are interested in this role, please email