2. Programme. Policy Formulation ? tensions?Stumbling blocks to policy formulation ? possible solutionsGuide to policy formulation ? steps
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2. 2 Programme Policy Formulation – tensions?
Stumbling blocks to policy formulation – possible solutions
Guide to policy formulation – steps & template
Key questions - Values / Desired Outcomes / Measures
Prompt Questions-3 policies:
3. 3 Issues for Policy Writing What are the main internal and external factors impacting on policy formulation in your school?
4. Policy Formulation – Tensions??
5. 5 Concerns?? Number of policies required
As you progress
Section 29 - policy of the school vs. external pressures
Policy formulation - legal vs. developmental
6. Policy Formulation - Support Department of Education & Science
Secretariat of Secondary Schools – JMB, Emmet House
Irish Vocational Education Association – VECs
Association of Community & Comprehensive Schools
Trustee Education Offices
ASTI, TUI & INTO
Education Centres / Health Boards
Government Departments & publications
Education Support Services e.g. SLSS, NCTE
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
School Development Planning Initiative
National Educational Welfare Board
National Educational Psychological Service
Centre for Education Services -Marino Institute of Education
Special Education Support Service – Laois EC
7. 7 Policies Required What policies must you have?
What policies should you have?
8. 8 School Policies: Core Admissions
Code of Behaviour (incl. suspensions & exclusions policies)
Health & Safety
‘Statement of Strategy’ re Attendance & Participation, Records & Reports etc.
[Education (Welfare) Act ]
All above are required by legislation or DES circular
NOTE: Disability will be covered by new legislation in addition to references in current Education Acts
9. School Policies Employment/Equality - Pastoral Equal Status/Equal Opportunities*
Dignity in the Workplace/Sexual Harassment*
Career Break, Job Sharing etc.
Internet Use/Information Technology
Out of School Activities…field trips, tours etc.
(*Mandatory policies under employment, industrial relations & equality legislation)
Note: further legislation/guidelines on child protection forthcoming
10. School Policies Organizational - Curricular Data Records (Management, Retrieval & Access)
Communication (Internal & External)
Curriculum (Pedagogy, Syllabus, Courses, Assessment & Class Organization..)
SPHE/Relationships & Sexuality
Mission, Vision & Aims – Statement of Ethos
Underpinning all policies
11. 11 School Policies Structures Board of Management
All policies must be adopted by the Board of Management.
Formally, a policy is not in place until it has been adopted by the Board.
12. 12 School Policies Practice
Many more ‘de facto’ policies may exist in your school than are explicitly formulated
Much policy writing is codifying and enlarging on current good practice
13. 13 Custom and Practice Policies What is the unwritten procedure/policy?
Leaving school during the school day
Signing up for a course-TY/LCVP/LCA/5th year/2nd year options etc
Students ill during the day
Equipment in specialist rooms
14. 14 Policy Plan For Our School
15. 15 What some schools do? School calendar
Cooperation with local schools
Taking advantage of students’ absence due to school events
Steering Group – timetable slot
Staff meetings - planning meetings
Feedback on SDP
Task Group time
SDP issues are core school business
16. DIY Guide to Policy Formulation
17. 17 Policy Template Name
Link to Mission & Aims – creates relevance
Scope – whole school, year group, class group etc.
Rationale – why have it?
Objectives – what are you attempting to do?
Content – A B C D
Roles & Responsibility – who & what?
Success Criteria – implementation & outcomes
Review & Evaluation – when & how?
Legality & equality proofing – who & how?
18. Policy Considerations
19. 19 Policy Formulation Values
– link to Mission, Vision, Aims
– policy objectives/ goals
Measures to Achieve Desired Outcomes
20. 20 Workshop - Discussion As a group choose a specific policy that you would like to work on.
Review the prompt sheets
Select a suitable template (and amend as desired)
Draft key elements of the policy
Distribute Policy worksheets- template(1 per group)
45 minutes-group work
15 minutes for feedback
21. 21 Prompt Questions - handout
*Work in progress @ SDPI
22. Code of Behaviour Suggestions for Good Practice! Promote positive behaviour in accordance with school mission
Adopt clear and fair procedures, observed, drafted and known by all parties
Align pastoral and disciplinary responses to incidents of misbehaviour
Draft explicit policies on suspension & exclusion
Use ‘May’ not ‘Must’ – not mechanistic process
Allow for exercise of judgement while respecting the value of consistency over arbitrariness
Balance interest of individual & common good
Ensure that prompt, decisive action may be taken where necessary or in face on the unexpected
23. 23 Checklist for Policy Formation Comply with statutory requirements
Align policy & core values
Put teaching & learning at the centre
Consult stakeholders/expertise by need
Identify & state reasons for policy
Be clear, comprehensive & practical
Avoid conflict between school practice & policy
Work through templates & use ‘renamed’ imports carefully
Communicate to all concerned stakeholders
Review & evaluate regularly