Roles and Responsibilities

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An organisational triangle shows the level of responsibility each person has. The person at the bottom has less responsibility then the person above. It is also known as a ‘hierarchy’. This organisational triangle shows the responsibilities each person has at Greenford High School: Faculty Leader – Mr Manby: Mr Manby is the faculty leader who works at Greenford High School. He is also the assistant head teacher and is a member of the senior leadership team. When Mr Manby joined the school in 1993, he was a newly qualified teacher. He then got promoted to deputy head and head of house. After five years, he then became head of maths for five years and is now finally assistant head teacher and has been for four years.

Mr Cramer (the headteacher) is in charge of Mr Manby. Mr Manby is then in charge of: the head of PE (Ms Joyce), head of ICT (Mr Smith), head of Art (Mr Bonner) and the head of ICT Technical Support (Mr Croft). As their line manager, Mr Manby has to monitor their work to ensure the highest teaching standard possible. Mr Manby has got 10 ‘O’ levels (GCSE’s) and 3 A levels in Maths, Biology and Geography. He has also received a BSC – HONS (Bachelor of Science honours) in construction engineering at Sheffield University.

There are a number of ways people are motivated financially; the main reason being money. Other ways of motivation include bonuses for doing their job well or holiday bonuses, a pay rise which increases every year which will encourage the worker to stay longer, piece rate payment (when you get paid according to how much you make) – This will motivate them as it makes them work harder and produce more work.

Some companies offer fringe benefits to their workers. This is free things you get for going the job such as free private health care, subsidiary canteen, company car etc. Some workers may work extra hours (overtime) as they get paid more (usually double per hour what they are currently paid at). This encourages them to work longer hours. Incentive schemes such as retention points are given to employees to encourage them to take on more responsibility. Retention points are an additional wage given to employees who take or more responsibility such as becoming a head of a department.

The only financial factors that affect the teachers at Greenford High School are: a pay rise – which they get every year, promotions – such as getting promoted to deputy head and incentive schemes – which they get for taking on more responsibility. Other factors don’t affect them as the school doesn’t offer them such as shares and piece rate. There are also a number of ways workers are motivated non-financially. One example being a promotion which will give them a better job title which will give them a sense of responsibility. People working for a company need job security so they won’t be made redundant. If an employer can offer job security it will encourage the employee to work harder. Some companies may offer social events such a day out to a restaurant. This makes their job more enjoyable and encourages them to get along with their co-workers. Every worker want to be noticed buy their employer for doing a job well done. An employer would normally give them praise for doing so which encourages them to carry on doing it.

Frederick Herzberg designed a theory of motivation. He believed that there were certain thing companies can introduce that would directly motivate (as well as de-motivate) a worker. His methods include: Job Enrichment – Giving workers move challenging tasks which will give them a sense of achievement. Job Rotation – Giving a worker different tasks to do so they don’t get bored doing the same task over and over again.

Job Enlargement – Giving workers more tasks to do which makes their job more interesting (source: The only non-financial factors the teachers at Greenford High School get are: praise and recognition for doing something well, attending social events and job rotation – taking on more challenging tasks. The difference between financial and non-financial motivation, is financial motivation offers money or physical things that encourages the employee to do their job whereas non-financial offers non-physical thing such as praise.

Mr Manby is equally motivated in working financially and non-financially. However, due to the current economic crisis, Mr Manby needs the money more to support his family. Another way he is motivated is that he get something new every day; no two days are the same for example one day he may be dealing with an exclusion and another day he may be going on a training course. As his children go to school, the holiday’s means he gets to spend time with them because his holidays goes in conjunction with his children’s.

Because Mr Manby responsibilities within the school, he has many different roles. One of the hardest roles he does is organising the timetables for the students. This process takes up to six weeks and drains up most of his holidays; although he does enjoy it. While creating the timetable, he has to work closely to find out the teachers needs and the best suitable time for each subject. He also has to make sure it runs smoothly throughout the whole year.

Another main role he does is analysing the initial GCSE and post 16 results. He then reports it to the other members of the SLT and the governors and then produces the returns to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Local Education Authority (LEA) and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT). Mr Manby works with years 10’s but only if there is a major issue such as an exclusion. Mr Manby, like every other teacher, has to produce an interim report which shows the students current grades. This is done every half-term and is done to see if they’re improving or not. Mr Manby has to attend parents every term to discuss the students progress and write done any targets to help the achieve.

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