Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities. 2. 1 Explain the strategic purpose of:- School governors – School governors are responsible for the running of the school. They are made up of people with close links to the school. These will include a parent governor, a staff governor, a Local Authority governor, a local community governor that will be part of the community. They will have meetings to discuss, decide and set target on aims and objections regarding the school. They will discuss and adopt new policies.
They will work closely with the Head Teacher and Senior Management, although they may not be present within the school on a day to day basis. Senior management team – The senior management team will be made up more experienced staff who will work closely with the head teacher. They will meet regularly to discuss issues concerning the school and it’s running, and implement what is discuss. This will be fed back to teachers and other members of staff. Other statutory roles e. g. SENCO – It is a statutory requirement that certain members of staff are present within in a school.
In primary schools there will be a Foundation Stage Manager and a SENCO. The Foundation Stage Manager will oversee and ensure that the Early Years Foundation Stage (which is made up to Reception and Nursery classes) is being implemented as stated in the Early Years Foundation Stage document. The SENCO will ensure that any special educational needs pupils are identified, the appropriate action is being taken, Individual Education Plans will be put in place then monitored, reviewed and progress recorded.
The SENCO will liaise with parents and other practitioners involved. Teachers – Teachers are responsible for planning, preparing and usually delivering the National Curriculum to their pupils. They must assess their pupils by assessing them. Often teachers will have another area they are responsible for. Each subject must have a person who represents it, often they may be responsible for two or three subjects. They will feedback changes or developments within their subject at staff meetings, monitor teaching and provide support to other teachers.
Support staff roles – Support staff have many different roles within the school and play an important part in the running of a school. Teaching assistants work alongside the teacher, assisting with planning, preparing, supporting learning. This can be as part of a group of children or on a one to one basis. They will feedback any problems that may arise and generally support the teacher. Other support staff may include caretakers, office staff, lunchtime supervisors, catering staff, learning mentor and parent support workers. 2.
Explain the roles of external professionals who may work with a school e. g. educational psychologist. A school will have various external professionals who will work with a school. They all have a very important role to play especially with Special Educational Needs pupils. These may include:- Speech and language therapist – they will work with pupils who have difficulties with speech, language and communication. They will usually come into the school from an outside location and offer support to the child, parents and teacher.
Educational psychologist – they work with the SENCO by observing and assessing pupils who may have additional needs. The educational psychologist is allocated through the local Special Educational Needs department. Educational Welfare Officer – the role of the EWO is to work alongside the school to monitor absence and provide support if there are issues with absence. They are usually based within the Local Authorities and visit the school.
A specialist teacher will support a pupil that may have behaviour support, autism related needs such as social and communication or may not speak English as a first language. School Improvement Partner – The SIP will have previous experience of school leadership. They will support the head teacher by coming into the school for a few days a year and advising how the school can be developed. Physiotherapists/occupational therapists – They will often work with pupils outside of school, but may come into school to support pupil progress.