INTRODUCING: Deputy Head of HR Position

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Are you ready to charge into your career-defining role?

The HR team provide a wide range of services to the schools and staff within the Thinking Schools Academy Trust.

We are a busy and agile team who work very closely with staff and managers at all levels to ensure that our HR services meet the needs of the organisation.

This role is key to the success of the department strategy and holds management responsibility,
deputising for the Head of HR.

The postholder will lead key projects and ensure quality HR practice across the Trust.

 

We are looking for an experienced HR practitioner to join our team as Deputy Head of HR to provide a strategically focused HR service to our schools. You will work closely with the Head of HR and with our senior school leaders across the Trust designing and delivering strategies and achieving key objectives.

We are looking for a Deputy Head of HR who

  • Has a track record of managing an HR operational service
  • Is experienced in providing an HR service to a large & complex workforce, including policy development
  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrable evidence of creative initiatives

On this page we share:

  • Welcome from Head of HR
  • Introduction to our Trust
  • What a Thinking School actually is?
  • Benefits of working for the Thinking Schools Academy Trust

 

Meet Head of HR, Lucy Chapman

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Meet the Thinking Personnel team

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Our Trust

Thinking Schools Academy Trust is all about “transforming life chances” for all our children and young people. Our Trust is a successful and expanding family of like-minded schools, committed to providing outstanding education and teaching our students to ‘think about their thinking’. We create lifelong learners, our students are taught how to continue asking, listening and learning long after their school years. Currently there are 17 schools in the Trust located in four hubs across Portsmouth, Medway, Kent and Plymouth. Our Trust’s success is due to excellent understanding of thinking, learning and pedagogical research, and talented and highly dedicated staff, leaders and governors.

We believe that the best way to transform life chances is to actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny.

This framework of cognitive education is constructed using the Thinking School approach. Research from organisations such as the Sutton Trust has repeatedly demonstrated that when children understand how their brains work they achieve better academic and personal outcomes than those who do not. This is known as meta-cognition.

“We are what we habitually do” (Aristotle), to transform life chances we must transform habits.

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Child First: To provide a stimulating learning environment for all where learners feel safe to explore knowledge and understanding. We believe that children learn best when they are motivated, clear about expectations in their work and behaviour, feel valued, secure and confident, are challenged and receive constructive feedback about their performance.

Aspire: To be the best they can be. We believe that all staff and students can aspire for personal and professional prowess and become empowered through the Thinking philosophy.

Challenge: To actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny. We believe that students require an accurate reflection of what they are good at and need to develop personal insight and manage uncertainty confidently. Developing skilled, independent, reflective learners is part of our Vision.

Achieve: For all stakeholders to demonstrate the highest levels of thinking and habits. We want our students to be questioning in nature, achieving the highest levels of independent and interdependent prowess.


 

What is a Thinking School?

An educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular careful thought to everything that takes place. This involves both students and staff learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively, and employing these skills and techniques in the co-construction of a meaningful curriculum and associated activities. Successful outcomes are reflected in students across a wide range of abilities, demonstrating independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction.

Benefits will be shown in ways in which all members of the community interact with and show consideration for each other and in the positive psychological well-being of both students and staff. – Burden, 2006.

 

Benefits of working for Thinking Schools Academy Trust

  • A fun, hardworking and welcoming team who enjoy supporting each other
  • The opportunity to join a growing organisation during an extremely exciting time, with the opportunity for progression as the Trust grows in size
  • Outstanding CPD tailored to you, wherever you are in your career including a vast support network from senior leaders within our Trust
  • Employees who join our Trust can also benefit from a discounted price of £10 per month membership of the TSAT gym, which is conveniently located on site at New Horizon’s Children’s Academy in Chatham
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas
  • The successful applicant will also have access to the local government pension scheme and an annual leave entitlement of 26 days, increasing to 30 after 5 years of service
  • Free parking in our staff carpark

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