Principal Teacher of Guidance

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North Ayrshire Council
£42,225 per year
14 Oct 2016
30 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Profile

The preferred candidate for denominational schools requires to be approved by the Roman Catholic Church.


To lead, manage and give strategic direction within allocated sphere of responsibility and to be part of the management team of the establishment/service.

Within their areas of responsibility, manage and deliver teaching services in accordance with the directions of the headteacher or Senior Manager in conformance with the Community Planning Partnership’s Single Outcome Agreement, the Council’s Plan, the Service Improvement Plan and in compliance with the relevant legislation and policy and guidance advice issued by the Scottish Government.


Corporate Responsibilities

  • To deliver an effective education service in accordance with the Council’s corporate polices and procedures and relevant strategy provision.
  • To understand information management and security issues and work in line with legislation and Council policies and guidelines, ensuring that information is used, shared and managed appropriately.
  • To undertake any other reasonably required duties, consistent with duties detailed in Part 2 Section 2 of the SNCT Handbook of Conditions of Service, as directed by the Executive Director (Education and Youth Employment) or nominee, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To ensure delivery of a high quality service to children & young people, including:
    • A commitment to a pupil and parent/carer focus;
    • The pursuit of continuous improvement and best practice;
    • The implementation and evaluation of effective quality assurance procedures;
    • Working collaboratively with other guidance and support staff.
  • Responsible for the leadership, good management and strategic direction colleagues including:
    • Developing a shared vision for, and a positive culture in, the department;
    • Direct line management responsibility for allocated teaching (PSE) and support staff including promoting a climate of team working and collegiality;
    • Assisting with the selection and recruitment of staff;
    • Monitoring and evaluating departmental progress on a regular basis and through effective systems to ensure positive impact and outcomes;
    • In co-operation with senior managers, assist with timetabling arrangements of their team;
    • The provision of quality advice, challenge and support to colleagues;
    • Reviewing the CPD needs, career development, performance of colleagues, and supporting the Professional Update of colleagues, through the PRD process;
    • Supporting probationer and student teachers;
    • Communicate and liaise with members of the senior management team, teaching staff and the school’s Attendance Officer, as appropriate to ensure the effectiveness of curricular and whole school policies as they affect the pupil guidance activity;
    • Prepare and submit proposals and formulate pupil support team policies to guide the requisition, use and protection of all relevant resources in addition to arranging and participating in pupil support team meetings;
    • Maintenance of pupil files and responding to requests for information by the headteacher, potential employers and other appropriate bodies.
  • Lead and manage the development, implementation and monitoring of allocated areas of the curriculum, including:
    • Curriculum development (PSE) and quality assurance;
    • Monitoring and evaluating the aims and priorities in addition to the learning and teaching, of allocated areas of the curriculum;
    • Contributing to the management of the process of school improvement planning;
    • Liaising and co-operating with Education Senior Managers and other support services and departments;
    • Administration of arrangements which support assessment, moderation and profiling including national examinations and the arrangements for presentation of candidates;
    • Contributing to the delivery of curricular choice programmes, ensuring the appropriate development of PSE, including a careers education programme;
    • Participating in the development and recording of personal learning plans for each pupil through assessment of their needs, implementation of these plans and monitoring of progress, communicating and consulting with colleagues and parents as appropriate;
    • Respond proactively to opportunities to bid for additional school/authority/ national funding to take forward additional departmental priorities/developments as appropriate;
    • Liaising with associated primary schools and tertiary education establishments in order to promote continuity, coherence and progression in the curriculum from the pupil’s point of view and on issues of pupil transition to/from secondary school.
  • To assist the headteacher in implementing the whole school policy, dealing with guidance issues, pastoral care, assessment and pupil welfare, including:
    • Developing, managing and implementing policies on learning and teaching, assessment and attainment of, and support for, pupils;
    • Contributing to the development of school policy which promotes and maintains good order and discipline amongst pupils;
    • Participating in issues related to school improvement planning;
    • Contributing to the wider needs of the school community;
    • Implementing pastoral team (guidance) aspects of the school improvement plan.
  • Deliver teaching services in accordance with the directions of the headteacher, including:
    • Teaching assigned classes together with associated responsibilities;
    • Assessing, moderating, recording, profiling and reporting on the work of pupils;
    • Ensuring pupils are prepared for examinations and assisting with their administration;
    • Providing advice and guidance to parents and pupils on issues related to their education.
  • Work in partnership with children and young people, colleagues, parents/carers, other specialist agencies, staff in other schools and recognised bodies as appropriate.
  • Undertake appropriate and agreed continuing professional development in line with the Standards for Leadership and Management, Professional Review and Development, Professional Update and school improvement priorities.






Qualification & Registration

  • Full GTCS registration
  • Required to join the PVG Scheme for this type of regulated work
  • Professional recognition by GTCS
  • Evidence of postgraduate, or equivalent, study
  • Other, relevant, qualifications
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre Employment Check


  • Working knowledge of all relevant areas of the curriculum
  • Experience in teaching related subject(s)
  • Experience of teaching pupils S1-S6 and in presenting pupils for National Qualifications
  • Experience of developing assessment practices and procedures in collaboration within and beyond the department and school
  • Experience of planning and delivering inter-disciplinary learning
  • Experience of working outwith departmental level
  • Experience of leading others
Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

**  Professional Values & Personal Commitment

  • Evidence of appropriate Continuous Professional Development
  • Evidence of self-evaluation
  • Willingness to actively develop the ethos of the school
  • Commitment to support the development of young people to develop their skills
  • Commitment to, and experience of, developing the wider life of the school
  • Ability to support young people into positive destinations
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

** Strategic Vision


  • Is able to demonstrate evidence of career long learning
  • Can demonstrate evidence of supporting colleagues in their learning
  • Can demonstrate a vision which will promote high expectations
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

**  Professional Knowledge & Understanding

  • Knowledge of, and involvement in, developing initiatives relating to the curricular framework, e.g. Curriculum for Excellence
  • Ability to plan coherent, progressive and stimulating teaching programmes which match pupils’ needs and abilities
  • Knowledge of how current developments can support effective teaching and learning
  • Knowledge and understanding of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing, in the context of the curriculum
  • Evidence of monitoring and tracking pupils’ progress and using information to raise achievements and attainment
  • Experience of assessment, moderation, recording and reporting at cluster, local authority or national level
  • Involvement in developing initiatives in line with the curricular framework, e.g. Curriculum for Excellence at school, cluster and authority level
  • A commitment to small-scale action research
  • Evidence of effective strategies to support a wide range of pupils’ needs
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

Interpersonal Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to manage systems which promote positive pupil behaviour
  • Ability to work co-operatively with staff, parents, partners in other agencies and the wider community
  • Ability to respond sensitively and appropriately to challenging situations
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

Professional Actions

  • Effective management & organisation skills
  • Experience of working with other professionals
  • Experience in supporting new entrants to the profession
  • Supporting positive and active partnerships within the community

  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview


  • Ability to travel throughout North Ayrshire


  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Post -Employment Check

** The Standard for Registration and Standard for Leadership and Management are actively explored as part of North Ayrshire Council’s recruitment and Professional Review and Development (PRD) processes. Further information on the Standards can be found on the General Teaching Council Scotland website (GTCS).

You must be GTCS Registered. 

See attachment for Reference information

See attachment for Reference Request

See attachment for PVG information

See attachment for School Profile

See also:
St. Matthew Academy 2015.pdf
Reference Request - Principal Teachers - Depute & Head.doc
References Information.docx