Directs and oversees education and teaching programs for an assigned school. Responsibilities include developing the curriculum, staffing departments, reviewing faculty performance, and creating an atmosphere conducive to scholarly pursuits. Ensures all school activities are within budgetary guidelines.
- Uphold our educational policies and integrate the common core government guidelines into each class curriculum
- Create benchmarks for students and teachers and track progress towards those goals
- Develop programs that improve teacher performance and assist students in understanding class material better
- Provide guidance to the school’s network of student leaders and challenge those leaders to make the school a better place
- Respond immediately to concerns from parents and school board administrators
The school Principal serves as the educational leader, responsible for managing the policies, regulations, and procedures to ensure that all students are supervised in a safe traditional Catholic learning environment that meets the approved curricula and mission of the school.
Achieving academic excellence requires that the school Principal work collaboratively to direct and nurture all members of the school staff hired by the Board of Directors and to communicate effectively with parents. Inherent in the position are the responsibilities for scheduling, curriculum development, extracurricular activities, personnel management, emergency procedures, and facility operations.
JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The school Principal shall:
- Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior.
- Manage, evaluate and supervise effective and clear procedures for the operation and functioning of the school consistent with the philosophy, mission, values and goals of the school including instructional programs, extracurricular activities, discipline systems to ensure a safe and orderly climate, building maintenance, program evaluation, personnel management, office operations, and emergency procedures. Ensure compliance with all laws, board policies and civil regulations.
- Establish the annual master schedule for instructional programs, ensuring sequential learning experiences for students consistent with the school’s philosophy, mission statement and instructional goals.
- Supervise the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes (teaching, as duties allow) on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.
- Establish procedures for evaluation and selection of instructional materials and equipment, approving all recommendations.
- Supervise in a fair and consistent manner effective discipline and attendance systems with high standards, consistent with the philosophy, values, and mission of the school. Ensure a safe, orderly environment that encourages students to take responsibility for behavior and creates high morale among staff and students. File all required reports regarding violence, vandalism, attendance and discipline matters.
- Establish a professional rapport with students and with staff that has their respect. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel. Serve as a role model for students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the education profession. Encourage all teachers to do the same.
- Notify immediately the Board, and appropriate personnel and agencies when there is evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or students appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
- Keep the Board advised of employees not meeting their contractual agreement.
- Research and collect data regarding the needs of students, and other pertinent information including the collection of detail regarding the sacraments students have received or are preparing for. Keep the Chaplain informed of this information.
- Keep the staff informed and seek ideas for the improvement of the school. Conduct meetings, as necessary, for the proper functioning of the school: weekly meetings for full-time staff; monthly staff meetings.
- Establish and maintain an effective inventory system for all school supplies, materials and equipment.
- Establish procedures that create and maintain attractive, organized, functional, healthy, clean, and safe facilities, with proper attention to the visual, acoustic and temperature.
- Assume responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees and visitors.
- Develop clearly understood procedures and provide regular drills for emergencies and disasters.
- Maintain a master schedule to be posted for all teachers.
- Establish schedules and procedures for the supervision of students in non-classroom areas (including before and after school).
- Maintain visibility with students, teachers, parents and the Board.
- Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the student in the school. The Principal may not interfere with anyone’s freedom to speak directly to the Chaplain.
- Use effective presentation skills when addressing students, staff, parents, and the community including appropriate vocabulary and examples, clear and legible visuals, and articulate and audible speech.
- Use excellent written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents and teachers.
- Complete in a timely fashion all records and reports as requested by the Board. Maintain accurate attendance records.
- Maintain and account for all student activity funds and money collected from students.
- Communicate with the Board regularly about the needs, successes and general operation of the school.
- Establish procedures for safe storing and integrity of all public and confidential school records. Ensure that student records are complete and current.
- Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.
- Organize and supervise procedures for identifying and addressing special needs of students including health-related concerns, and physical, emotional and spiritual needs (keeping the Chaplain informed of these).
- Supervise the exclusion from school of any pupil who shows departure from normal health, who has been exposed to a communicable disease, or whose presence may be detrimental to the health and cleanliness of other pupils. Assure that excluded pupil’s parents or guardian are apprised of the reasons for exclusion.
- Maintain positive, cooperative and mutually supportive relationships with staff, parents and Chaplain.
- Attend required committee meetings (e.g.: fund-raising, curriculum, etc.) and extra school sponsored functions and religious events e.g.: First Communion, Confirmation, Graduation, etc.).
- Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications, as assigned by the Board and not otherwise prohibited by law or in conflict with contract.
- Ensure that schedule allows for regular Mass and Confessions.
- Oversee the development of Curriculum Committee and keep the Board apprised.
- Provide quarterly student grade and behavior reports to parents. Post honor roll lists each quarter.
- 35. Work with the Chaplain to guide and instruct the teachers to provide the spiritual atmosphere inherent in a traditional Catholic educational environment.
- Nurture both students and teachers to achieve their greatest potential academically, instructionally and spiritually.
- Maintain in the school a spirit conducive to prayer and study.
- Provide an atmosphere of piety, obedience and charity throughout the school day.
- Ensure that students and teachers attend scheduled prayers and Mass throughout the school day.
- Enforce uniform policy and appearance policy so as to assure a school environment that is focused on group spiritual and academic achievement rather than on individuals.
- Provide and supervise a safe recreation and play period for the students.
Teachers & Instructor (Teaching Personnel)
Teachers create lesson plans and teach those plans to the entire class, individually to students or in small groups, track student progress and present the information to parents, create tests, create and reinforce classroom rules, work with school administration prepare students for standardized tests, and manage
The duties and responsibilities of a Teacher shall include the following:
- To teach and educate students according to guidelines provided by the National Curriculum Framework under the overall guidance of the competent education authority;
- To teach and educate students according to the educational needs, abilities and attainment potential of individual students entrusted to his/her care by the Head of School or Head of Unit. Main Responsibilities
- Planning, preparing and delivering lessons to all students in the class;
- Teaching according to the educational needs, abilities and achievement of the individual students and groups of students;
- Adopting and working towards the implementation of the school development plan of the particular school they are giving service in;
- Assigning work, correcting and marking work carried out by his/her students; • Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress, attainment and behaviour of one’s students;
- Providing or contributing to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual students or groups of students;
- Participating in arrangements within an agreed national framework for the appraisal of students’ performance;
- Promoting the general progress and well-being of individual students, groups of students or class entrusted to him/her;
- Providing guidance and advice to students on educational and social matters and on their further education and future careers; providing information on sources of more expert advice;
- Communicating, consulting and co-operating with other members of the school staff, including those having posts of special responsibility and parents/guardians to ensure the best interest of students;
- Reviewing and evaluating one’s own teaching and learning strategies, methodologies and programme/s in line with the National Curriculum Framework guidelines;
- Advising and co-operating with the Head of School, Assistant Head, Heads of Department, Education Officers, and other teachers in the preparation and development of courses of study, teaching materials, teaching programmes, methods of teaching and assessment and pastoral care arrangements;
- Ensuring high standards of professional practice and quality of teaching and learning of the subject/s. Through effective dialogue, participating in reciprocal peer review and observation of class teaching practice by the Head of Department (subject/level) concerned;
- Participating in In-Service education and training courses as well as in continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, and taking part in action research exercises;
- Maintaining good order and discipline amongst students under one’s care and safeguarding their health and safety at all times;
- Participating in staff, group or other meetings related to the school curriculum or pastoral care arrangements, for the better organization and administration of the school;
- Contributing to the professional development of new teachers and student teachers according to arrangements agreed with the Head of School;
- Providing the necessary information and advice to the designated personnel in the school and/or College and to provide all the necessary information regarding requisitions and arrangements in connection with the teaching of the subject/s assigned to him/her;
- Ensuring the safe custody and optimum use of equipment normally used by oneself during lessons and sees to its regular servicing and maintenance;
- Participating in school assemblies;
- Registering and monitoring the attendance of students under one’s care;
- Sharing in any possible and reasonable way in the effective management, organisation, order and discipline of the school;
- Nurtures a culture where teachers view themselves essentially as facilitators of learning and reflective practitioners;
- Participating in and contributing to GAITF conferences and reviews of officially statemented students and collaborating with parents, ExeCom, Inclusion Coordinators and other professionals/stakeholders working with the student;
- Together with the Learning Support Assistants, developing and implementing the Individual Educational Programme (IEP) of students with Individual Educational Needs and participating in IEP and Individual Transition Plan (ITP) meetings;
- Ensuring that schemes and forecast of work carried out in class are handed to the Learners in good time so that the necessary adaptations and resources are made for use with students with individual educational needs in class;
- Regularly discussing, monitoring the work being carried out by the Students in class;
- In the case of students with severe learning difficulties and with communication problems, ensuring that a Contact Book is daily updated with the necessary information including parents’ signature;
- Liaising and collaborating with specialist teachers/resource persons and other professionals working with statemented students;
- Making use of audiovisual technological devices/aides (such as radio aids; projectors) and other adaptations during the delivery of the lessons;
- At the secondary level, teachers shall be expected to teach students of different levels of achievement. Such teachers will preferably teach not more than two levels unless special circumstances warrant otherwise;
- Encouraging participation in school projects and other projects in accordance with the GAITF targets and as agreed with the Senior Management Team.