Tda32-5.3 Evaluate How School Policies

Every school and business must have policies and procedures in place. A school’s policies and procedures are adopted from laws passed by the Government. These are in place to ensure the school is run correctly, and that staff, pupils, and any other individuals involved with the school are protected and meeting expectations and guidelines. There are usually a large number of policies in place within a school. These can include policies such as Child Protection, Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Confidentiality, Anti-Bullying, Teaching and Learning, Homework, and many more.

These policies and procedures are relevant to staff, pupils and parents. These policies must be updated regularly, and some of the content revised, in order to keep them relevant. Some of the policies in place relating to staff could be a pay policy, performance management, or grievance policy. These should be in place to enable staff to feel protected in the workplace as well as remaining professional. The school polices are an agreement between parents, staff, governors and volunteers with the school rules which they all need to follow up.

Educational policies and procedures need to be reviewed on a regular basis to keep them up to date with the changes within the school establishment and government legislation. Senior members of staff will gather together in a meeting to discuss what needs amending and updating within the policies and procedures. A senior member of staff will then draft the new policy or procedure and send it over to the governors to be agreed and finalized. Each current policy is available view online, including lable for governors to details of its effective date and its next review date.

When the poicy is coming up for review, the system sends an email reminder to the clerk to prompt them to initiate the review process. Its important that all members of staff are made aware of any new policys or changes to exsisting policys. Staff are made aware by staff meetings and given training if the new policys requires this. St Michaels has regular meetings with their staff updating them and giving training if required. New and exsisting polices are put onto the school website for staff and parents to read through.

Policies are important for the school to run effectively following goverment guidlines,they are important for Teachers ,students, parents so they can feel comfortable that theses are in place so there child is being taught in a safe caring environment. Teachers need to know that theses are in place for them to be able to teach in a school were they are covered are in there working enviorment e. g wage Policy ,Health and Safty, discrimination Policy ect. There is Daily e-mail to all staff each morning.

The e-mail will highlight important events, remind you of tasks,and meetings. Teachers need to check their mail box daily for any corraspondance from other members of staff and Head of the school. The first aim of this step is to ensure that the working group is well informed about the policy issue/s and is aware of all potential avenues or options available to them in developing and implementing the policy. To do this you can: • talk to other schools who have developed similar policy • talk with experts.

• contact school systems/government departments if it is relevant — seek background information and obtain copies of relevant legislation or policies • talk with members of the school community. The second aim of this step is to inform the school community about the broad policy development process and to provide an opportunity for them to express their views and concerns. This will help identify obstacles which may need to be overcome at a later stage in the development of the new policy.

At the end of this step it will be appropriate to review the policy development and implementation plan ( As a result of the review it may be necessary to invite additional members of the school community to join the working group. Try to ensure that everyone who will be affected by the policy has the opportunity to provide feedback. If possible, provide more than one avenue for feedback. For example: • make copies of the policy available from the school administration — advertise this in the school newsletter • distribute copies to all staff.

• present the policy at meetings of different groups (Parents and Friends’ Association, staff, student council, school council, etc) • phone school community members and request their input • attach a survey to a copy of the policy and distribute to different groups. Encourage all members of the school community to discuss the draft policy. Some individuals and groups may not be keen to provide feedback on the policy if they do not support what is being done. However, the opinions of all school community members are important.

The aim of this step is to ensure all members of the school community are well informed and ready for the implementation of new policy. implementation should be publicised well in advance. This allows sufficient opportunity for the school community to become familiar with the policy and to understand any impact it may have on their role or school activities. The policy can be publicised through: • a launch activity • providing copies of the policy to staff, parents and students • staff meetings, Parents and Friends’ Association meetings, form class meetings and year level assemblies.

• newsletters, student, staff and parent notices, and other print media such as newspapers • official school documents for staff, parents and students. Plans should also be in place to ensure the policy will be clearly communicated to new students, staff and parents who enter the school community in the future. Review the policy on a regular basis. If a policy is to be effective, its currency must be maintained. Over time, changes in the school population, knowledge and opinions will necessitate policy review.