4. Explain the strategic purpose of
• School governors
• Senior management team
• Other statuary roles e.g. SENCO
• Support staff roles
All roles in a school are important and no role is more important than another.
School governors work within a school and are a critical friend to school, they offer support and advice through the schools good and bad times. They help to set high standards for the school, plan the schools future and set targets for school improvements. School governors also make the school more accountable to the public and help the school be responsive to the community and needs of parents.
The senior management team is made up of a head teacher and deputy head teacher. In larger schools this includes the senior teachers, school business manager and the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). Their role is to lead any changes, set the strategic direction and make sure the school is doing the best for the children and staff.
Other statuary roles that are part of the school workforce are the school business manager. This is a senior member of non-teaching staff and they are responsible for managing non-teaching activities in the school. This position exists in most schools in the UK.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is the teacher with overall responsibility for coordinating provision for children with special educational needs and is responsible for monitoring their progress. The SENCO must follow the SEN code of practice, this code of practice outlines their responsibilities and role including, liasing with teachers, parents of the children with special educational needs and liasing with external agencies such as health and social services and educational psychology services. Overseeing the records of the children and overseeing the day-to-day operation of the schools SEN policy. The SENCO is also responsible for coordinating provision and managing learning support assistants.