Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Unit 1: Schools as Organisations (T/601/3325)
1.1 Identify the main types of state and independent schools.
The main types of state and independent schools are as follows:
* Specialist schools * Academies * City technology colleges * Community and foundation special schools * Faith schools * Maintained boarding schools * Free schools
1.2 Describe the different characteristics of the different types of schools in relation to educational stages and school governance
The Key stages are as follows in comprehensive and free schools:
* Foundation stage – Normally this is for pupils in reception year, nursery or play group * KS1 – Years 1 to 3 * KS2 – Years 4 to 6 * KS3 – Years 7 to 9 * KS4 – Years 10 to 11 (GCSE’s and/or other equivalent Qualifications are taken in this Key Stage) * KS5 – Year 12 to 13 (A Levels and/or other equivalent Qualifications are taken in this Key Stage)
Although standards schools follow this key stage structure, Special schools will run these key stages adapted to the pupils needs i.e. a school for learning and physical disabilities may need extra support and resources to ensure that their pupils are achieving the national curriculum standards set for students with learning and/or physical disabilities.
The role of the Board of Governors is to run the school. This would include the following:
* School Finances and Budgets * Staffing * The School’s Curriculum * Managing School Inspections * To uphold national standards in education
Depending on the type of school, depends on the way in which the board of governors operate i.e. for learning and physical disability schools, the board of governors may invest in certain resources to maximise the pupil’s educational potential.
Most state schools are funded by the government where as private and