Governing councils and school councils govern. This isn’t the same as managing. It’s more about guiding and setting direction. You don’t work alone when you are on a council. You and the site leader have shared responsibilities, but your day-to-day involvement is different.
|Area of responsibility||Site leaders (principals/directors)||Governing councils||School councils|
|Curriculum||Lead the development of teaching and learning programs, and set up timetables and teacher/class allocations.||Provide advice to the site leader to make sure the curriculum offered meets local community needs. For example, a specialist program.||Same as governing councils.|
|Student achievement||Monitor individual student achievement against the department’s standards.||-||-|
|Student management||Manage all areas of student wellbeing and discipline.||Consult with the site's community to assist when policies are made or reviewed.||School councils act as a way to provide feedback, but do not approve policies.|
|Staff management (example 1)||Manage all department staff. For example, teaching performance, discipline and complaints.||-||-|
|Staff management (example 2)||Day-to-day management of staff employed by the council, including performance management. Performance management covers dealing with allegations of misconduct or negligence.||Overall responsibility and management of council employees.||Same as governing councils|
|Staff employment (example 1)||Employ the department’s teaching and non-teaching staff.||Employ some staff. For example, out of school hours care and canteen.||Same as governing councils.|
|Staff employment (example 2)||-||Take part in an interview panel to employ the site’s principal or director.||Same as governing councils.|
|Big picture planning||Carry out the initiatives and work towards achieving the goals in the site improvement plan.||Work on the site improvement plan and set strategic directions.||Work on the site improvement plan and provide feedback on the strategic directions.|
|Finance||Prepare and supply financial reports to the council via the finance advisory committee.||Review, approve and keep a check on the site budget.||Review and keep a check on the site budget.
School councils do not approve the site budget.
|Reporting||Draft the annual report and share the information.||Endorse the annual report and report to the site's community – and the minister – at least once a year.||Endorse the annual report and report to the site's community at least once a year.|
Out of school hours care (OSHC) staff are managed by the OSHC director, who is supervised by the site leader.
Governing Councils, Office for Education and Early Childhood
Phone: 8226 9617
Email: decd.sitegovernance [at] sa.gov.au