In collaboration with the management team (year heads and co-ordinators) and the board of governors we have expedited a number of measures to reinforce and improve existing structures. These are intended to facilitate a more efficient and more transparent implementation of a wide range of different assignments and projects and, in the process, ensure that, as far as possible, the chain of responsibility extends laterally.
All measures outlined below support the three key points for development and should ensure greater effectiveness, as well as increased participation and involvement.
- assistant co-ordinators
- co-ordinators for specific areas such as inclusion, the steering committee and pedagogical quality control
- department heads
- teaching assistants – essential support
- co-ordination of extra-curricular sporting events
1 and 2 Assistant Co-ordinators and Co-ordinators for Other Areas
All department heads will have an assistant co-ordinator who will support them in their work and stand in for them in case of illness or indisposition. The primary school has a co-ordinator to organise the timetable and arrange substitution.
There are co-ordinators for the areas of INCLUSION, STEERING COMMITTEE, PEDAGOGICAL QUALITY CONTROL.
3 Department heads
All departments have leadership teams to take care of the functions and areas of responsibility indicated above.
For this, heads of department are allocated a free period, as well as an extra monthly allowance.
4 Teaching Assistants
From the beginning of the academic year 2017/2018, a team of qualified teaching assistants will coordinate the essential support required by the pupils concerned. As a result, at all times, it will be possible to offer targeted, flexible and emergency support, in consultation with the class teacher. Existing individual support and special measures in and outside the classroom will continue to be paid for by the parents, but organised by the school as employer of the staff concerned.
With the introduction of SMARTgroups at the DSL from the beginning of the academic year 2017/2018, school development will become an integral part of teachers’ responsibilities. Everyone is responsible for school standards.
The staffing measures outlined are intended to facilitate general and specific school development work in a sustainable and effective framework.
The following guiding principles apply to the introduction of SMARTgroups at the DSL:
- to professionalise school development work
- to increase the efficiency of the process
- to involve all colleagues in the entire process, including agreement on common objectives; as required, pupils, parents and third parties may be involved
- to make this work an integral part of teachers’ duties
- to monitor and support this process and safeguard standards with the aid of the newly restructured/reconstituted steering committee
- in the context of the developmental changes taking place at the school, to create a flexible and user-friendly strategy for development, which will be reviewed annually
- to create a platform for a collaborative approach in order to produce consistent and sustainable development projects
- to enable a more precise assessment of pupils’ performance. This approach also offers teaching staff and the school management the opportunity to present their work to the school community in a positive way, to deal with related enquiries and, last but not least, gain recognition for this important aspect of their professional responsibilities.
6 The Co-ordination of Extra-curricular Sporting Activities
In 2017/2018 we intend to employ a part-time member of staff to co-ordinate all sporting fixtures – home and abroad, in order to do greater justice to this important area of school life. The opening of the new DSL gymnasium will mean that we have far better facilities at our disposal.