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Key Policies To Know When Working At Schools

Are you new to the industry and seeking some advice?

Despite what specialism you are in, such as SEN Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Supply Teacher or Support worker, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when working at a school. From safeguarding to diversity to equality and behavioural management, policies may differ at specific working environments.

Here are some of our tips to make sure you are aware of important elements of your job:

1. Safety in Education

In this industry, safety in education is the broader policy and more in depth policies will include detail in online learning, SEN support, teaching safeguarding, working with parents, health and safety and various other specific policies in each section the school is responsible for.

The government states that schools, including teachers, have legal duties that must follow every section of safeguarding in education and encourage welfare of young people under 18.

2. Behavioural Policies

It is critical as a teacher that you are aware of the importance of promoting respect, discipline, good behaviour and ensuring zero tolerance on bullying as well as guaranteeing that work is completed by students. This policy states that students should be rewarded and receive consequences depending on their action.

However, this policy will vary depending on the school you are in. Some of these policies are written by their Head Teachers and you should be aware of this when transferring schools or if you are new to the school.

You are responsible for guiding students / children towards the right directions morally and encourage hard working.

3. Equality Act 2010: advice for schools

This ensures that regardless of the background, culture, age, gender or disability of a student, they must be treated fairly and should receive the same type of education! This act outlines the duties that must be fulfilled by teachers or any supervisor in school premises and how this may affect their career.

More recently, this guideline has been updated to remove any discrimination against those who are pregnant, given birth or are / have undergone any sexual changes.

4. Your own schools policies with COVID-19

Caring Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all supply staff to share this commitment. Caring Services follow the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 and Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who Work with Children and Young People.

For more information about our safeguarding policies and a statement of the vetting checks that Caring Services conducts to ensure that the candidates we deploy are suitable for work in an education setting, click here.