Not sure what to expect when working in a school? This blog should hopefully give you a good idea about what it is like!
- Working in school does not necessarily mean working school hours.
You might think that working in a school means you have flexibility to work around childcare. However, most schools will want you to be there before the children arrive and often leave after the children have left. Occasionally, you may have to work in the school holidays. Average working hours in a school will be 8am to 4pm or 8:30am to 4:30pm
- Enhanced DBS
To work in a school, you need an enhanced child force DBS, ideally registered on the update service. You cannot apply for an “Enhanced” DBS yourself this must be done via a registered body, our Resourcing team can assist you with this check.
- School System Experience
When considering work in a school, you should take notice as to what Management Information System the school uses. If it is SIMS, which is the most common MIS system, School ICT offers distance learning courses where you can top up your skills or you can attend School ICT online training – this is usually at your own expense but worthwhile if you are looking for a career in school administration. You can access the free course here.
When working in school, you need to be confident; this is because you will often have to speak to parents, teachers and governing bodies. You will generally be dealing with people at all levels on a daily basis.
- Constant changes
Working in a school environment means that things are always changing, especially for those working in the office. This is because guidelines and targets for schools are constantly updating.
- GDPR and Confidentiality
You will need to understand The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information from individuals. Confidentiality is extremely important in school.
- Every day is different
There is never a day like the previous one in a school; patterns are always being broken up with school trips and sports days.
If you think working in a school is a career for you, please do not hesitate to contact our resourcing team.