Schools as Organisations

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For each category of school, you should prepare brief notes about the way in which they are managed, the ages of the children with the schools and the curriculum they are required to follow. You may need to research this using the internet.

School typeNotes
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Have to follow National Curriculum.
Controlled by the local council.
Usually control admissions policy.
Schools may be used for adult education classes or childcare classes

FOUNDATION SCHOOLS

Have to follow National Curriculum.
Controlled by their own governing body.
They determine their own admissions policy but consult with local authority. They have more freedom to change the way things are done than a community school.

ACADEMIES

They can follow a different curriculum.
Run by an independent governing body but do work closely with the local education authority.

GRAMMAR SCHOOLS

Follow National Curriculum.
They are run by the council, foundation body or trust.
Pupils are chosen based on academic ability and there can be an exam to get in

SECONDARY

PRIVATE - INDEPENDENT

Do not have to follow National Curriculum
Funded by the government but not run by the local council.
They have more control over how they do things.
All-ability schools, so cannot use academic selection processes like a grammar school. They can set their own pay and conditions for staff.
Length of school terms and the school day can be changed
Free Schools are run by not-for-profit groups, eg:
charities
universities
independent schools
community and faith groups
teachers
parents
businesses
Independently funded by fees paid by parents and income from investments, gifts and charitable endowments. Do not have to follow the National Curriculum.
Can choose own admissions – Head Teacher and Governors can decide.

Task BComplete question and table
Complete answers to the following:
Describe what each of the following do within a school.
RoleResponsibility
School governors

Governors serve for 4 years. They work with the Head Teacher to make decisions on how the school will operate. They have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They have to work together and cannot act individually. They approve what is taught in school, they set standards of behaviour, interview and select staff and also monitor and set the school budget. Governors also deal with complaints

Head teacher

internal organisation, management and control of the school. Advising on and implementing the governing body’s strategic framework. The Head Teacher is responsible for safeguarding children’s welfare, the creation and maintenance of learning environment within and throughout school. They deal with any parental issues – good or bad. Staff behaviour will be overseen, managed and dealt with by the head teacher also staff cover – i.e. if staff are absent from teaching the Head Teacher will allocate cover. Work closely with governors and senior management team.

Senior management team

SMT work closely with head teacher and is made up of experienced staff who have management positions, deputy head teacher, year group leaders, special educational needs coordinator and foundation stage leader. They will meet on a weekly basis and talk discuss matters that have arose and to make decisions regarding the running of the school. They then discuss how this information can be shared with teachers and support staff.

Special needs co-ordinator (SENCO)

Responsible for overseeing the provision for anyone that has special educational needs within the school. The SENCO must share information with the parents of the child and any other professionals i.e. teachers who is directly involved with the welfare/education of the child. Make sure individual educational plan is in order.

Make sure relevant background information is recorded and kept up to date

Support staff
T.A.
VOLUNTEER
CARETAKER
LUNCHTIME SUPERVISOR
INDIVIDUAL...
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