If you find yourself in the position of running a school, you might feel a little out of your depth at first.
However, it’s likely that you’re in that position because you worked your way up, so you probably still have a decent amount of experience behind you. In either case, there are certain things that you need to be aware of and know if you are to run your school effectively. It will help to carry out some basic research before you really get into the role.
In this article, we’re going to look at a number of your top concerns when it comes to running a school. It should help you do it the best way you can and in such a way as to promote the best possible education for the children who attend it. Let’s take a look and think about what you should be focusing on primarily and ideally.
First of all, you want to make sure that you have the right people in all of the management positions in your school. Not only does this make for a well-oiled school, but it will make your job easier. The right management will ensure that the school is being run in the right way, and will help to continue to provide the best education for the children.
The most important role is already filled — that’s you as headteacher. But you will also want to assemble some people around you whom you feel you can trust, so that you have a great senior management team to work alongside. Such individuals should ideally have great experience, be good with the children, and be likely to have great ideas about how to improve the school itself too. If you have these people alongside you, it will be much easier to run the school well.
As well as the very top management, you also need to make sure that you have assigned individual teachers to be the heads of different departments. You can’t get by without a head for each department. It is the best way to ensure that you are running each subject as well as possible. Having regular meetings with all the heads of departments will ensure that you can keep the whole school running smoothly, and that the kids are getting exactly the education they need and deserve.
If you feel that there are any management roles not being fulfilled, don’t be afraid to do something about it. You cannot overestimate the importance of these roles. It is necessary to make sure that you’re dealing with them as best as you can. As long as you have decent management, running a school should be considerably easier.
A great school is about much more than just normal classroom learning. That should always be a bedrock, but you’ll also benefit from ensuring that there’re enough facilities so you can provide for the children as much as possible.
But it can be hard at first to really know what kinds of facilities you need to have. What is it that you should consider essential, and what facilities are desirable in most schools? Understanding this better will lead to a more effective and professionally run school, and one which enables its pupils to achieve much greater things.
One of the most important kinds of facilities is extra-curricular. The more opportunities you’re providing for these kinds of activities, the better off your pupils are going to be. It’s something you shouldn’t overlook.
You might, for instance, want to try and find the space and budget for a swimming pool. You should also ensure that you’re able to recruit lifeguards and swimming teachers, and that you can budget for that too.
You might choose to have a number of art rooms or music rooms, complete with the necessary equipment for both. Having as many facilities like this makes your school more than just a school. It means it will be as good for your pupils as you want it to be.
The parents of your pupils need to know that you’re looking after their children. They want to know what’s going on in the school. For this reason, clear communication with the parents is hugely important when running a school. You want to keep them happy, and keep them aware of any potential troubles they need to know about. There’re a number of ways to keep in touch with them.
Primarily, you should send letters home with children every week or month. You’ll want to set up a PTA so that they have a chance to really be involved in the running and operation of the school. You’ll find this is hugely important to them, and to the school, and for the children’s future.
With clear and frequent communication with parents and guardians, you can be sure that your school will gain a much better reputation on the whole, so this is certainly something to think about.
As long as you have taken care of all of the above, you will find that your school is in a much better position to educate its pupils, and that you are much more likely to produce high quality students at the end of their experience. Make sure you focus on these elements as best as you can, and you will find that it makes all the difference in the world.