Deputy Principal Quality, Curriculum and Inclusion

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SALARY: £80,000-£90,000

JOB TYPE: Full time, permanent 


LOCATION: North Hertfordshire



We are on an exciting journey and now seek a high achieving and dynamic Deputy Principal who will contribute to the leadership, management and future developments of the college. You will play a critical role in a highly effective Senior Management Team and will lead the Curriculum, Quality and Inclusion work across the organisation.

You will have an ambitious outlook and a laser-like focus on high standards, supporting all our students and our staff to exceed their potential. Passion, professionalism and integrity are pre-requisites – but you will also have excellent people and stakeholder engagement skills, a deep understanding of teaching, learning and quality improvement and an uncompromising drive to ensure that all our students and staff are treated as individuals; as people with their own ideas, skills and ambitions; every one of them with something unique to bring to the college community.



As part of the Senior Leadership Team you will lead the quality, curriculum development and student support/inclusion functions across the College.

In particular, you will ensure that the College’s curriculum offer meets local learner, employer and community needs; you will lead and manage all our quality improvement functions, ensuring that our approach to teaching, learning, support and inclusion is of a consistently high standard across the College and delivers an exceptional student experience resulting in high rates of learner success, satisfaction and positive progression.


  • Contributory pension scheme
  • For a full outline of benefits, click here



Part One – Experience – Essential

  • Significant senior management experience in a general FE college or work-based training provider.
  • Strong leadership with the ability to motivate and inspire colleagues
  • Demonstrable experience of leading on strategic priorities and college developments
  • Experience of leading curriculum planning and curriculum development work at a senior level.
  • Extensive experience and understanding in the analysis and use of data to support quality improvement and curriculum development
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering effective quality assurance within an FE/HE setting.
  • Experience of inspections, audits and working with external quality agencies/awarding bodies at a senior level.
  • Working within external partnerships, in particular the employer networks, LEPs, Chambers of Commerce
  • Experience and knowledge of Safeguarding and Student Welfare practices, EDI and ALS/SEN.
  • Experience of producing reports and presenting to and working with Boards and Sub-Committees.


Part Two – Education & Training – Essential

  • Degree or equivalent qualification.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Teacher qualification (DTLLS/PGCE/DET).


  • Post graduate qualification


Part Three – Skills, Knowledge & Abilities – Essential

  • Up to date knowledge of current issues within the further education sector, including inspection frameworks.
  • Excellent working knowledge of the latest Ofsted common inspection framework.
  • Knowledge of funding methodologies
  • Knowledge of equal opportunities issues in particular in relation to learners in further education.
  • Ability to lead and manage curriculum and support teams to achieve excellence
  • Excellent decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Strategic capability – a strong strategic thinker
  • Commercial acumen
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the organisation and with external stakeholders
  • Ability to analyse data, interpret and form judgements
  • Ability to write high quality, well structured papers and reports

Additional Factors

  • Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Commitment to working in accordance with the College’s policies and procedures
  • Commitment to ‘live’ the College’s values
  • Commitment to participate in reflective learning and professional development


  • A trained and practising Ofsted Inspector


Reports to

  • The post holder will work directly to the Principal/Chief Executive

Directly Responsible for

  • All NHC Curriculum Areas
  • Quality Improvement Services
  • Learner Services including Safeguarding
  • SEND, Inclusive Learning


  • To lead Curriculum Directors, Heads of Department, the Head of Quality and the Head of Student Experience to deliver outstanding teaching, learning and support across all learning programmes and services for learners, apprentices and employers.
  • To work with an exciting and collaborative curriculum and corporate service management team to continually improve standards in teaching, learning and student support across the college
  • Through the delivery of our Personal and Academic Development Programme, take a strategic lead on ensuring an exceptional student experience for all learners and apprentices, which engages, inspires and prepares students for the world of work
  • To provide inspiration, direction and strategic leadership to a large team of curriculum, quality and student support colleague, to enable them to be brilliant, have fun, and continually improve and grow in their own roles.
  • To lead the curriculum planning process across all provision types, resulting in a responsive curriculum offer that meets local, regional and national skills’ need, and which is of high quality and resource efficient in line with the strategic aims of the College.
  • To lead the innovative development of Teaching, Learning and Support policy and practice, and promote the sharing of good practice, including increasing the use of learning technologies for in class teaching, remote delivery and self-directed learning
  • To lead quality improvement activity, including self-assessment, ensuring that quality systems support high standards of delivery and evaluation.
  • To work with MIS colleagues to maintain accurate, up to date learner records; prepare robust, insightful reports on teaching and learning performance to ensure performance of learners, apprentices, courses, and departments can be monitored and improved.
  • To lead,  and further develop, the Colleges approach to EDI, in particular, working with college staff, governors and students to ensure that EDI is embedded in all aspects of the staff and student lifecycle to improve diversity and enhance the staff/student experience
  • To lead the provision of student services to ensure the delivery of effective and impactful support for all learners and apprentices at all stages of their learning journey, including pre-entry, entry on programme, achievement and progression.
  • To engage with external agencies and partners including the Chambers of Commerce, LEPs, Local Authority, ESFA, inspection regimes, and a range of local partner organisations.
  • To act as College nominee and lead preparation for OFSTED and other external inspections.
  • Own, forecast and deliver against agreed budgets for delivery of teaching and learning; work with colleagues to prepare robust, accurate finance reports
  • Deliver against agreed student retention, attendance, success, satisfaction and outcome key performance measures
  • Support the Principal & CEO and SMT colleagues in delivering against the a new annual development plan and also our five-year strategic vision for the college
  • To deputise for the Principal/ Chief Executive
  • To attend Board meeting and other Committees as required


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The Hart Learning Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, as our posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. It is also an offence to apply for a role if you have been barred from working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have been shortlisted for a role and are within the guidelines of KCSIE, an online search will be carried out to identify any incidents or issues that have happened and are publicly available online. If any incidents or issues are identified, the Group might want to explore these with you at the interview. As part of the recruitment process, you will need to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

Details of our Safeguarding policy can be found in this link – Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

To view our fair recruitment forms, please click here for equality and diversity declaration.

Please note these vacancies may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.

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“There is a great culture at NHC and the team is wonderfully helpful and supportive. I feel valued here. I also feel like I find myself in the classroom, and that I can pass my knowledge on to my students and know that I can make an impact on their lives.”

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