5.2 Summarise the policies and procedures schools may have relating to;
a. Policies for staff are put in place to protect the staffs’ welfare and their rights within a school setting and to support staff in their management of situations they may be involved in. Every policy should outline its aims, purpose and responsibilities the staff will have.
Examples of policies staff may have relating to;
Anti bullying policy: will outline what a particular school will do to prevent and tackle bullying. How the school will discuss, monitor and deal with bullying. All parents/carers should receive this policy when their child enrols at the school.
Whistle blowing policy: will provide avenues for staff to raise genuine concerns about other members of staff and will allow a member of staff to take the matter further if they dissatisfied with the governing body or local authorities response. The policy will also assure staff of the steps that will be taken to protect themselves from reprisals in whistle blowing real worries.
b. Pupil welfare policies will include;
Discipline policy: which will show that the school will encourage positive behaviour which will enhance opportunities for children to learn and develop, and establish acceptable patterns of behaviour that will encourage a sense of responsibility towards others.
Child protection policy: will consist of key elements in protecting children and young people, these elements being:
To ensure that the appropriate steps will be taken in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers who work with children and young people in a school environment.
Raise awareness of child protection issues and providing children with the skills and knowledge they require to keep themselves safe.
Develop and apply procedures to identify and report cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
Support victims of abuse in accordance with their arranged child protection plan.
Establish safe surroundings in which children and young people can learn and develop to the best of their ability.
c. Teaching and learning: will include curriculum policies, an early years policy, special educational needs policy, planning and assessment policy and marking policy. The aims and missions of these policies is to provide safe, stimulating learning environments for pupils and teachers. These policies are put in place to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to the schools curriculum so that learning is differentiated to fit each child’s individual learning needs and capabilities.
c. Equality, diversity and inclusion: the following policies are set in place to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, abilities or disabilities, race or religious beliefs have equal access to the school and its curriculum and to be treated equally in every aspect of school life.
The Equality Impact Assessment involves assessing the genuine affects of policies on people in reverence of their disability, racial equality or gender. It helps the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to make certain that the needs of people are taken into consideration when developing and implementing policies or making changes to a current policy.
The Gifted and Talented policy outlines the way that the school identifies what ‘gift and talented’ means and also identifies the procedures and measures that are used in supporting a child or young person who is gifted and talented.
d. An Equal Opportunities Policy is set in place in education to ensure that children and staff recognise that discrimination on the foundation of colour, culture, origin, sex or ability is not acceptable and to ensure that all staff feel valued, supported and have the appropriate advice and encouragement for professional development. Children are to be seen as an individual and each child‘s education is to be developed in relation to their needs and abilities.
e. Parental engagement: parents and families play a fundamental role in helping children achieve their full potential in education by supporting them in their learning and developing within their own homes. By working together with the child’s school parents can create a learning environment to help reinforce lessons that are learned at school.
Homework policies contribute towards building responsibilities and self discipline in a student. Homework should provide a student with the opportunity to apply the information they have learned in class, complete unfinished class assignments and develop independence within the individual.
Home School Agreement: can raise standards and contribute to school success by providing structure for partnerships between home and schools on issues such as; pupils progress, information on what pupils will be taught and any concerns that may affect the pupils ability to learn. Parents are able to support and help their child’s learning at home with more success and confidence.