TDA 3.2 Schools as organisations
5. Understand the purpose of school policies and procedures. 5.1
Explain why schools have policies and procedures.
All schools, as a legal requirement need clear, concise policies and procedures. This is to ensure that governors, staff, children and parents involved in the school are able to work to the same comprehensible set of rules and guidelines. Policies are intended to provide a framework that ensures consistent principles are applied to practice across a school. Every policy and procedure should and will outline its aims, purpose and the responsibilities staff will have. Policies can also provide prospective employees, governors and parents of prospective pupils with valuable information. For example, a prospective parent might wish to see a school’s homework policy or behaviours policy before deciding whether to apply for their child to attend the school. Similarly, a prospective employee may wish to see the school’s performance management policy before deciding whether to accept a position at the school. Closer to home, prospective governors should be made aware of any policies relating specifically to governors. These might include a governors’ induction policy, a governors’ allowance scheme or a governors’ training policy. Policies should also enable school staff, governors, parents, LEA officers and Ofsted inspectors to see at a glance what principles they can expect to see applied at your school. As a student within the setting of a school, I must adhere to these policies and familiarise myself on where these policies can be found within the school surroundings. In particular I must know my responsibilities regarding the safeguarding policy, the health and safety policy and the behaviour management policy 5.2
See attached diagram labelled TDA 3.2 5.2
Evaluate how school policies and procedures may be developed and communicated. Schools need to ensure not only that the policies are in place, but also that...
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