How Schools Are Organised in Terms of Roles and Responsibilities

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Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities 2.1Explain the strategic purpose of:
a. School Governors
Schools are run by a governing body working with the head teacher and senior management team to ensure pupils get a good education. Becoming a governor could be a way of contributing to your local school and learning new skills.

Who can become a school governor?
You don't need to have a child at a school to become a governor All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don't need to have a child at the school.

Many schools would particularly welcome new governors who have transferable skills developed at work, or who have a particularly good understanding of the community served by the school

What do school governors do?
The governing body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include: •setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
approving the school budget
reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives •appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

The governing body is made up of:
parent governors (elected by parents)
staff representatives (elected by school staff)
local authority governors (appointed by the local authority) •community governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body) •for some schools, people appointed by the relevant religious body or foundation •up to two sponsor governors, or four if the school is a secondary school (appointed by the governing body)

What would be involved?
Governing bodies make their decisions based on the advice of committees that deal with specific issues like the school's curriculum, premises or finances. If you become a governor, you will probably be asked to serve on a committee where you have an interest or can make a contribution. The amount of time involved for each governor varies between schools. However, in a typical month in a typical school you can expect to spend at least six to eight hours on your duties. Being a governor is a serious commitment, but it can be rewarding.  

Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities 2.1Explain the strategic purpose of:
b. Senior Management Team
The SMT is usually made up of the headteacher & deputy head - but then depending on the size of the school, the team can be bigger and more varied. Often you'll find Assistant headteachers or senior teachers with particular responsibilities - like leading one of the key stages or something like assessment across the school. The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) might be a member, and increasingly the school business manager (SBM) is also a member. Their role is to set the strategic direction of the school and then manage this, lead any changes and generally make sure that the school is doing the best it can for the children that attend.

The SMT’s function includes the management and evaluation of the following areas : 1. Ethos
Climate of the School
Links with Parents
Pastoral Care
2. Learning and Teaching
Planning for the Curriculum
The Teachers’ Assessment of the Pupils’ Work
Implementation of the Curriculum
Assessment, Recording and Reporting
Implementation of The Code of Practice for SEN provision 3. Management
The Effectiveness of Teachers with Specific Responsibilities •Monitoring and Evaluation
Action to Improve Learning
Staff Development
Staff Deployment
Links with Other Schools and Agencies

Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities 2.1Explain the strategic purpose of:
c. SEN...
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