2.1 – explain the strategic purpose of a) school governors, b) senior management team, c) other statutory roles e.g. SENCO, d) teachers and e) support staff roles.
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its schools and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the schools accountable body and as such
* Provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the head teacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures. * Monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the head teacher, the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy. * Signs off the self evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the head teacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.
In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings and by getting to know their school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.
Governors need to work together as a team, under the leadership of the chair of the governing body. Most governing bodies require their governors to sign a code of practice.
Senior management team
The senior management team is usually made up of the head teacher and deputy head. However depending on the school size the team could be bigger and more varied. Often you will find assistant head teachers or senior teachers with particular responsibilities – like leading one of the key stages or something like...