Primary Assistant Head Teacher – Teaching & Learning (Maternity Cover)

Salary information: Inner London (competitive based on skills and experience), Phases 1-3 (6-14); Phases 4-6 (8-16)
Start date: March 2024
Location: Stratford, Newham
Contract type: Temporary, full-time, subject to an enhanced DBS check

School 21 is a pioneering 4 to 18 school in Stratford, East London that is developing a rich curriculum and a range of exciting pedagogies. This is your chance to be able to contribute to the strategic leadership and management of the 4-18 school and play a lead role as part of the Extended Leadership Team (ELT)*

We are looking for leaders who are passionate about being part of an exciting future for the school as it enters its second decade and are passionate about building a community school that is values-driven and based on openness and trust.

We are looking for leaders who have endless hope and optimism, enjoy questioning what education and school are for and those that have the courage to do what is right for the students

We are looking for leaders who are qualified teachers who have exemplary classroom practice

We are looking for leaders who can think strategically and creatively

We are looking for leaders who are intellectually curious, outward looking and enjoy horizon scanning and fresh thinking and can encourage this in staff

We are looking for leaders who understand and are enriched by the school’s context, that want to work closely with families and the community and are ultimately problem solvers not ‘expert’ or ‘heroic’ leaders; leaders who empower others to achieve great things by being part of a genuinely developmental organisation

We are looking for strong team players who can trust and can build trust, who are open and reflective, who always believe ‘best intent’, who build capacity in teams and who are collaborators by nature

We are looking for leaders who demonstrate unconditional positive regard, who believe in the power of strong feedback and a ‘radical candid’ approach and those who actively seek feedback to improve their own practice and leadership

The successful candidates will have a record of leading successful phase level change and have experience in either student welfare or curriculum leadership.

The post holder must be a strong team player and be able to establish effective working relationships with other team members, students, parents, leaders, support staff and both internal and external stakeholders.

This role would oversee Phase 2, encompassing Years 2, 3 and 4 in the primary school.

Leadership responsibility for Teaching and Learning, including leading the strategic planning of Professional Learning Communities (our bespoke CPD offer), 

Assessment and Data and overseeing the quality of Teaching and Learning across the primary from Reception to Year 6.


  • 4 to 18 mixed, inclusive school in the heart of Stratford, Newham
  • Cutting edge pedagogy and curriculum

School 21 has established a strong track record, for example being the first and only international case study chosen by US educators, Edutopia

School 21 is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

How to apply

Please complete online application

Closing date

January 29, 2024




We value a culture which supports and develops all our people, where people come, stay and flourish.

The qualities we look for in our staff are reflected in our values and we look for people who are passionate about our mission and are keen to collaborate to ensure the best possible outcome for our students, families and communities.

We look to create an enabling, engaging, psychologically safe and collaborative culture and look to recruit staff of all levels and backgrounds.


Staff wellbeing is at the heart of our values

We are proud to offer family friendly policies including flexible working, shared parental and adoption leave plus a maternity return to work programme

We are passionate about supporting our staff through our Menopause policy

We offer 26 days annual leave for our full time staff which rises to 28 days after 3 years of service and 31 days after 5 years’ service

Free 24/7 counselling, legal and information line

Online Healthy living and financial support portal

Lifestyle discounts to High Street shops, restaurants etc

Free online monthly Yoga classes

Free Flu vaccinations (if you are not eligible via the NHS)


We believe passionately about high quality CPD

Access to Big Education leadership courses Big 8 and Big Leadership Adventure

Access to our CPD hub for online courses

We support external study routes linked to your role

All staff annual Inset day

We are proud to be a London living wage employer

Health & Financial Wellbeing

Reducing financial stress

You’re entitled to the scheme from day one, helping you plan for the future

  • Big Education contributes to your pension
  • Tax efficient savings
  • Protection for your family
  • Flexible retirement

Electric car scheme, to help reduce our carbon footprint

Cycle to work scheme

Interest free travel season ticket loan

My Gym and My Active discount schemes

Technology IT scheme

Free mindfulness Headspace app

Free Will writing

Staff Discounts

Values in action

Passionate about our commitment to Climate & Sustainability

We encourage both pupils and staff to think about the environment and how their actions will impact upon their local surroundings, as well as the global environment.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

We create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

We are committed to supporting our staff and applicants to be their authentic selves in the workplace without judgement and ensuring that diverse communities are celebrated.

Community Engagement

Join us in making a positive impact on society through our school community engagement initiatives. Check out our school websites and socials for details!