Roles and responsibilities within our schools
In my writing I will explain about the wider context in which a school operates by identifying the roles and responsibilities of national and local Government for education, policies and practices. As well as describing the roles of schools in national policies, relating to children and young people and their families.
The national Governments role is to pass legislations, which will then become Acts of parliament. Two examples of these Acts are:
• Children’s Act 1989
• Equality Act 2010
These Acts are then passed down to local Government, who then rewrite Acts to meet the needs of their policies. Two examples of these policies are:
• Health and Safety Policy
• Disability Equality policy
These are complicated policies and are not easily understood in laymen terms so when the schools receive these policies they need to re-write them so they are easily understandable to teachers, support staff and parents alike. So they are in essence simplified but they must work within the boundaries set up by the policies set out by local government.
The schools responsibilities is to then pass back any feed back they may have to the local government, who will then feed that information back to the national government. This ensures that everybody is working within the same generic principals and laws, it also helps the government to assess how effective the Acts are.
In conclusion it’s vitally important to be aware of how legislation is used within our schools. It is there to guide, help and protect all the staff, children and visitors within our schools. The local government ensure that legislation is adhered to via their policies.