Understanding Your Role as a Support Staff in a School Environment: Key Takeaways from TOSSE
Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to speak at TOSSE (The Total School Support Seminar Exhibition) – Nigeria's premier education event. My topic focused on comprehending the pivotal role support staff play within the educational setting. Here's a distilled essence of what I covered, along with some must-knows for anyone in an institutional context:
Highlights from the Session:
The Significance of Role Clarity: Every individual within a school, irrespective of their hierarchical position, must recognise and understand their role. This clarity ensures a smooth and efficient functioning of the institution.
Definition of Support Staff: It's crucial to note that anyone who doesn't teach in a classroom – be it someone in top management or a junior staff member – qualifies as support staff. Their roles, though behind the scenes, are pivotal to the school's success.
Need for Clearly Defined Job Descriptions: Leadership should actively define roles and provide explicit job descriptions for all positions. This not only clarifies responsibilities but also sets expectations.
Importance of Training: Role-specific training is indispensable. It equips staff members with the necessary skills and knowledge to execute their tasks optimally.
Establishing Performance Parameters: Clear benchmarks and performance indicators should be set for each school position, ensuring accountability and standardization.
Promoting Teamwork: Schools should actively discourage siloed work. Instead, fostering a sense of teamwork ensures a cohesive, collaborative, and harmonious work environment.
Watch the Session:
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Thank you for joining me on this journey to make our educational institutions more efficient, understanding, and collaborative. Looking forward to your thoughts!