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Job Ref No. ECC3133-33S Position Type: Leader/Co-ordinator Pay Range: 21,933
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 05/12/2023 Midnight Date of Interviews: 12 December 2023  

Job Description

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William Martin CofE Schools and Nursery

Executive Headteacher: Gina Bailey

Head of School: Claire Kearney

Experiencing life in all its fullness

Job Description

Nursery Leader

Reports to: Early Years Foundation Stage Leader

Responsible to: Executive Head teacher/ Head of School / EYFS Lead

Core Purpose

To provide safe, high quality education and care for Nursery children; to fulfil legal and statutory requirements; to supervise staff on a day to day basis; to contribute and implement William Martin Schools and Nursery policies.

Contributing to whole school improvement by embracing new initiatives.

Principle Accountabilities

Implement the school's policies, practices and procedures in such a way as to support the school's values and vision.


Fulfil personal responsibilities, and support the headteacher in securing compliance by those working in school, for safeguarding as set out in the Children's Act, Statutory Guidance and by the Local Children's Safeguarding Board. These include:

Operating a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, both in individual decisions and the development of services;
Operating clear whistleblowing procedures,
Sharing information, with other professionals
To ensure safeguarding procedures are adhered to and relevant documentation is produced according to policy
To monitor children with a view to reporting to the DSL, any child who shows signs of being 'at risk' or require help from outside agencies

Specific Duties


To set high standards in all areas of the curriculum and develop good professional relationships with children.
To ensure quality of teaching promotes good pupil progress over time.
To have a stimulating and tidy classroom with a variety of displays in accordance with school policy, reflecting the work of the children.
To plan the children's work on yearly, half termly, weekly and daily basis, appropriate to abilities and aptitudes of children within the class and within the format agreed by the school.
To set and monitor targets and programmes of work for all children including children with specific needs, in consultation with the SENCO.
To keep concise records of progress made or activities experienced for each child including:
Ø Ensuring observation records on Tapestry are stored on the system as appropriate

Ø Ensuring photographic records are stored on the system as appropriate

Assess, monitor, record and report on the learning needs, progress and achievements of assigned pupils.
To maintain a working partnership with parents.
To prepare information for effective handover for the following year.

Health, safety and discipline

Promote the safety and well-being of pupils.
Maintaining positive and professional relationships with all pupils
To expect the highest standards of self-discipline from the children and encourage them to take responsibility wherever possible.
To be responsible for the pastoral care of children in your class.
Maintain good order and discipline among pupils by:
Ø upholding the WM Nursery Behaviour Policy

Ø investigating incidents in accordance with behaviour policy

Ø liaising and feeding back investigations with line managers,

Ø recording and feedback to line managers incidents including racist and bullying,

Ø meeting with parents in accordance with behaviour policy

Management of support staff

To direct, support and develop class LSAs, to ensure quality provision of teaching and learning.
To establish effective communication with all class support staff.
Deploy resources delegated to them.
To provide information to Phase Leader for LSA Performance Management Reviews.

Professional development

To develop your career both professionally and personally.
Participate in arrangements for the appraisal and review of their own performance and support staff.
Participate in arrangements for their own further training and professional development and support staff including induction.


Communicate with pupils, parents and carers.
Working with colleagues and other relevant professionals
Collaborate and work with colleagues and other relevant professionals within and beyond the school.

The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Signed …………………………………………………….. Teacher

Signed ……………………………………………….……. Headteacher

Date …………………………………………………………


General heading
General Examples
Specific examples
Qualifications & Experience
Specific qualifications & experience
Relevant to post

Include experience of working with children where relevant
Successful recent experience working with nursery/early year's children.

Level 3 Childcare

Good general standard of education.

Knowledge of relevant policies and procedures
e.g. First Aid, Financial Procedures, School procedure/policies - Some policies procedures are covered in relevant sections below e.g. H&S, Behaviour Management, Child Protection
First aid qualification benficial

Knowledge of child development.

Knowledge of Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Knowledge of assessment techniques for young children.

Understanding of child protection policies and procedures.
Level of literacy required, including qualification level where required
Good literacy skills
Level of numeracy required, including qualification level where required
Good numeracy skills

Ability to uses equipment e.g. photocopier, specialist equipment e.g. for technicians, IT packages etc.
Ability to uses equipment e.g. photocopier, laminator, specialist equipment e.g. for technicians, IT packages etc.
Form filling, letter writing, report writing
Ability to write detailed reports

Ability write routine letters
Ability to exchange information clearly, presentation skills, training etc.
Listening Skills

Ability to exchange routine verbal information clearly with children and adults

Ability to exchange complex and sensitive information in a firm and non-ambiguous way

Ability to express own views and opinions
Any specific requirement to have a second language, signing etc.
Seek support to overcome communication barriers with children and adults
Requirement for consultation, and negotiation
Ability to consult effectively with children and adults

Ability to motivate/encourage/empower children/adults
Working with children
Behaviour Management
Knowledge level of behaviour management policy plus any specialist skills
Ability to manage a whole class, ensuring pupils remain on task

Understanding and implementation of school behaviour management policy
General - understand and support the differences in people

Any specific skills, knowledge or qualification
Understand and support the differences in children and adults and respond appropriately
Curriculum/School organisation
Knowledge level of the school curriculum

Any specific skills, knowledge or qualification

For those not directly supporting children this may include areas such as exams procedure, timetabling etc.
General understanding of the school curriculum

Working knowledge and experience of implementing the national curriculum and other learning programmes

Understanding of statutory framework relating to teaching
Child Development
Level of understanding required of the way in which children develop
Basic understanding of the way in which children develop

Understanding of different developmental stages and the impact of experience on these developments

Understand the way in which play and games can support child development

Understand and support children in transition
Health & Well being
General and any specific requirements to promote and support physical and emotional wellbeing
Understand and promote the value of emotional and physical wellbeing in adults and children

Take responsibility for own wellbeing
Working with others
Working with partners
Ability to forge networks/links, internal and external partners
Understand and value the role of parents and carers in supporting children

Know when, where and how education and support services can be accessed
Abilities to form appropriate and productive relationships with relevant groups - children, colleagues, governors, parents etc.
Ability to establish rapport and respectful and trusting relationships with children, their families and carers and other adults using appropriate communication styles

Ability to build open and honest relationships
Team work
Requirements to work within team and/or independently
Work effectively as part of a team

Ability to work independently

Know when and how to seek support

Know when and how to hand over control

Knowledge of own position within a team environment and the boundaries which apply
Following/giving instructions, requirements to provide information
Knowledge of CAF (if/when appropriate)

Ability to record and report observations in an appropriate manner

Ability to distinguish between option and fact

Organisational skills
Requirements of the post
Ability to be proactive and initiate action
Line Management
Any line management, supervisory requirements
Ability to manage and support the work of others, as required and appropriate
Time Management
Requirements of the post
Ability to manage own time effectively

Ability to meet deadlines
Requirements for initiative, original thinking, creativity, innovation etc.
Demonstrate creativity and an ability to resolve problems independently
General and any specific requirements
Demonstrate commitment to treating all people fairly
Health & Safety
General and any specific requirements

Child Protection
General and any specific requirements
Understand what is mean by safeguarding and the different way in which children can be harmed

Understand and comply with children protection procedures
Confidentiality/Data Protection
General and any specific requirements
Understand and comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality
Demonstrate commitment

Evidence of

Information about the School

William Martin Infant and Junior Schools are two form entry schools with a nursery also attached. Our school is a member of The Vine Schools Trust, the academy attached to the Diocese of Chelmsford. This allows us to work closely with other schools in the Trust including St James primary school in Harlow. Gina Bailey is Executive Headteacher of the three Harlow Schools. Being part of the Vine Schools Trust also means there a chance of progression within all The Vine Schools Trust Schools.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

Information about the school

Contact Information

The Headteacher
William Martin CE Primary Schools & Nursery
Tawneys Road, Harlow
Essex, CM18 6PN
Telephone: 01279 424122

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