Culture of the school
Phrases such as school ethos, school culture, school vision and school mission are now being used; there is a recognition that the school is much more than a set of rules and regulations and that the overall environment of the school has a major impact on teachers and pupils alike.
|In the previous
topic you considered the influence of school rules, both unwritten and unwritten.
This topic looks at the broader issue of school culture
You'll be looking at two main areas:
Rules and ethos
the difference between school rules and school ethos?
Ethos may sound rather vague - you cant measure it statistically or pour it into a beaker - but it certainly exists in every school, whether positive or negative. Typically visitors to schools even on a short visit can often detect a distinctive school ethos - for example in relation to appearance of the school, pupils relations with staff, school attitudes to visitor, the school as a community etc.
|How would you find out about the ethos of your Teaching Practice school?|
The emphasis here is on school as a community and research has shown that 10 aspects are evident in schools that are communities:
|(Rossi & Springfield, 1995 cited in Martin 1997, 19)|
|In your experience, do
schools have this sense of community?
|At this stage
as a second year student teacher, you need to be aware of it, though you will not be
expected to be able to analyse the complexities.
In Year 4 you will be studying the culture of the school as part of Module EN4008 - Teacher as Professional.
Lets get back to your classroom - to the issues where you can have an input - to pupil misbehaviour and what you should do.