About Developing Policies to Complement your School's Values

Here is an example of the course:

In their seminal work 'The Self-managing School', Brian Caldwell and Jim Spinks write that:

"Policy arises from the various desires, wants, needs and demands which are expressed in the school community."

These pressures, from different directions, nag away until it's clear there's an issue that won't go away. Let's see how this might work with one sort of policy.

The International School of Erehwon (ISE - our fictional school), as a matter of some urgency, decides it needs a behavior policy. Spend a little time reflecting on these questions:

  • "ISE needs a behavior policy": which groups of people, exactly, are likely to be expressing this need?
  • What pressures are likely to have brought about this expression of need?

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