Resources

The securing and allocation of resources represents a critical area of school life, in that the resources reflect school priorities and goals.

 

Resources need to be fairly and equitably allocated to meet the needs of teachers and students. They need to be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they continue to serve the purposes for which they were intended.

Teachers and support staff need training in the use of some resources, especially those involving new technologies, and their classroom applications.

Time is an important resource that needs to be managed according to criteria of effectiveness in terms of meeting learning needs, as well as efficiency.

It is critical that all educators are engaged in collaborative s regarding the optimal distribution of scarce resources.

Leadership actions

School leaders actively and collaboratively select and organise resources to maximise student learning. For example, they:

  • Initiate and facilitate collaborative processes to develop resource priorities and ensure that the learning environment meets teaching and learning needs
  • Are pro-active in seeking and gaining funding for resources
  • Manage financial and other resources, including time, astutely, efficiently, and effectively to meet teaching and learning needs
  • Are fair, even-handed and consultative when making decisions about the distribution of financial and other resources, including time, among various groups and individuals in the school
  • Monitor and review the range, quality and use of resources against outcomes, to assess impact on student learning and ensure continuing viability
  • Initiate processes to train staff in the use of new resources, especially those involving new technologies
  • Ensure that the content of printed, electronic and other resources used by teachers and students is morally and ethically acceptable, according to agreed school codes and guidelines.

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