There are lots of difference schools around, various state and independent schools which will vary depending on how old your child is. Identifying which one is suitable can depend on how they are managed or funded.
Sixth Form Colleges
All Children between 5 -16 are entitled to go to state school, a small percentage choose to pay for private independent school known as public school, a fee is paid towards the school for this. State schools are run by the national authority and follow the National Curriculum which is inspected by ofsted which is the governments office for Standards in Education.
The different school types are:
Community Schools – these are run by the local authority, they own the land and usually have a catchment area which decides what children can go there.
Foundation and Trust Schools – Theses are run by a governing body which decides most of what goes on in the school, the land and buildings etc are owned by them.
Voluntary aided schools – usually run by a religious faith, these also have a governing body, land, buildings are usually own by the church or charity.
Voluntary controlled schools – These are similar to the above but are controlled by the local authority and have a similar criteria to a community school but are also owned by a church but still have a governing body.
There are also various specialist schools that specialize in certain subjects including science, maths, music, engineering and sports.
The characteristics of the different types of school are that most schools follow the curriculum, community schools are controlled and don't introduce religion, foundation schools offer more freedom than community schools. Acadamies are run by a governing body and have the power to change things if they so wish. And can also follow a different curriculum.
They also have Grammar schools which although run by the council they select most of their pupils on their academic ability and usually have an exam that the child has to pass.
Special schools age 11+ have certain areas of educational need ranging from communication and interaction to, cognition and learning, behaviour, emotional and social development and sensory and physical needs.
The Role of a school governor in primary, secondary and specialist schools is that they are accountable to the parents and the community, both parents and staff members are allowed to be part of this, they are elected to make decisions affecting the school so is a serious commitment, they are required to bring their own knowledge and skills to the role.
Senior management in schools include the headteacher, assistant headteacher, They play major parts in a schools function. They have a large part to play in the responsibility of the children as deal with all aspects of the curriculum and school management.
A Senco teacher is responsible for the day to day provisions for individual children, working closely with staff, parents, carers and other agencies, overcoming barriers and setting achievable targets for improvement for the children.
Teachers offer a wide range of support , managing the group of children and activities and learning. They have to open discusssions, control small groups and deliver specific needs that are required of the national curriculum.
Support staff offer backup for the teachers and welfare support, during the classroom environment and during lunchbreak aiding the teachers, with a knowledge of the national curriculum.
There are different types of external professionals that help within the school system.
A family link worker gives emotional and practical advice to families who are having short or long term difficulties, they help children stay with their families by teaching parents and families various skills to improve their family life.