Academies Group Executive Principal

Posted on: Wednesday 3 November 2021 | Diocese Of Norwich Education and Academies Trust.

There is an office base at Easton House which can be used flexibly

Are you passionate about school improvement, the need to raise achievement and inspired by improving the lives of children? If so, join our highly successful Academies Improvement Team by applying for this post

Core Purpose

The Academies Group Executive Principal (AGEP) is a lead professional and significant role model within their wide sphere of influence both in DNEAT and beyond. They will proactively promote and demonstrate DNEAT’s vision and Christian values respecting cultural diversity within contemporary Britain. The values and ambitions they display will help determine the achievement of academies and their pupils, as well as ensuring high expectations and aspirations are promoted for all – staff, students, governors and communities. They will support the implementation of the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers (January 2015) across the Trust.


The Academies Group Executive Principal is accountable for ensuring the educational success of the primary academies in their region* within the overall framework of the DNEAT approach to school improvement as well as the individual academies’ strategic plans. They are responsible for providing support and challenge to each academy’s Headteacher/Head of School and Local Governing Body across all aspects of their work. They should create a culture of constant improvement and be an inspirational leader, committed to the highest achievement for all across the region they lead.


The Academies Group Executive Principal will have line management responsibilities for the Headteacher/Head of School working closely with the Local Governing Body.

Academies Group Executive Principals are likely to have been successful primary Headteachers. However, other senior educational professionals who can demonstrate credible impact in primary schools are encouraged to apply.

*Please note that where ‘academies’ are referred to within the job description, this will relate to the primary academies under the remit of the Academies Group Executive Principal as agreed with the CEO/Academy Improvement Director.

Strategic Leadership

  • Leading by example, provide dynamic, consistent and motivational leadership, ensuring the successful delivery of the vision, ethos, aims and objectives of the academies and of
  • Gain commitment to the need for improvement, creating an environment of high expectations, creativity and aspiration
  • Work with each Headteacher/Head of School and the Local Governing Body, and under the guidance of the Academy Improvement Director, develop the shared vision and strategic plan for the academies, which is responsive to the communities they serve. At the core of this should be the educational and personal development of the pupils in line with the Christian ethos and values of DNEAT
  • Ensure strategic plans identify targets for ensuring that pupils achieve high standards and make progress, increasing teachers’ effectiveness and securing rapid school
  • Critically evaluate each academy’s performance and ensure performance targets are achieved including those in vulnerable
  • Lead and coordinate the work of the head teacher Regional Alliance
  • Work with political and financial astuteness to plan for the future needs and further development of the academies within the regional, DNEAT and national
  • Establish collaborative and open relationships with all stakeholders and particularly Local Governing Bodies
  • In conjunction with the Headteacher/Head of School at each academy secure the commitment of parents and the wider community to the vision and direction of the academies and the
  • Ensure regular, open communication with the DNEAT Board working to enable the Board to meet its


High Quality Learning and Teaching

  • Ensure academies engage the learner through creating effective, interesting and relevant teaching and learning with well-qualified and creative teachers and support
  • Secure and sustain effective, high quality teaching and learning by ensuring each Headteacher/Head of School has in place sound strategies for monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and standards of pupils’ achievement, using benchmarks and setting targets for rapid improvement of all children including those in vulnerable
  • Support the agreement of a curriculum policy with the Local Governing Body and individual academy senior leaders to meet statutory and pupil requirements and that meets DNEAT’s aims and local needs
  • Ensure that robust assessment data analysis is used to set challenging targets.
  • Through robust and effective monitoring and evaluation, identify and act on areas of improvement in relation to the curriculum and
  • Ensure that a high quality educational experience is available for all children (whole-person as well as academic).
  • Promote excellence in spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and development for all
  • Working with the Headteacher/Head of School ensure effective practice is embedded in line with requirements of SIAMS (Section 48)
  • Ensure that effective and appropriate pastoral support is available to children in the
  • Develop an inclusive and supportive approach so that each academy is a place where all children and the wider school community feel
  • Secure approaches to behaviour that are based on the best restorative practices.

Systems and Process

  • Ensure DNEAT and academy priorities are consistently and effectively implemented and the impact monitored for pupil progression, attainment and achievement.
  • Secure robust academy self-evaluation and quality assurance
  • Working with the Headteacher/Head of School and Local Governing Body, advise DNEAT on the formulation of the annual budget in order that the academy secures its


  • Ensure regular monitoring of the budget and the oversight of the use of resources in order to ensure that each academy meets its
  • Work with the Headteacher/Head of School and DNEAT colleagues to recruit and retain staff of the highest
  • Develop a culture of personal responsibility that recognises both excellence and supports appropriate strategies to deal with underperformance in accordance with Trust Appraisal and Capability policies and
  • Ensure that each academy Headteacher / Head of School have in place for all staff clearly defined responsibilities and
  • Oversee the implementation of DNEAT policies and procedures ensuring consistent application and monitoring for
  • Ensure agreed reporting mechanisms are effectively in place for each academy Local Governing Body, the Head teacher Regional Alliance and Trust Board.
  • Work with DNEAT colleagues, the Headteacher/Head of School and Business Managers to maximise the level of external funding that is attracted to support each academy’s

The Self-Improving School System

  • Treat everyone within each academy fairly and equitably demonstrating our core values such as respect, forgiveness, justice and
  • Motivate and enable all staff to carry out their respective roles to the highest standard, through high quality continuing professional development based on assessment of needs and identified through the appraisal
  • Develop leadership capacity at all levels, through coaching and other appropriate
  • Support each academy to establish strong middle leadership roles within a distributed leadership
  • Ensure staff across DNEAT academies have opportunities for career development and develop processes to grow our own talent
  • Maximise the opportunities presented through the head teacher Regional Alliance for sharing of good
  • Keep abreast of educational developments and best management practice in order to introduce appropriate
  • Develop strong, positive relationships with colleagues in DNEAT, and contribute to collaborative work across academies and support other staff in participating in Trust
  • Participate in Trust wide activities in order to share best practice, contribute to the development of Trust strategies and policies and promote the academies and the Trust in a local and national
  • Provide advisory support to other academies outside the defined region as required.


This job description is not an exhaustive document. It is a reflection of the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing needs of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust.

How to apply

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact: 01603 881721 (Hannah Bannister, PA to the Executive Office for DNEAT)


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