In addition to the Management and Leadership teams, a number of other staff-led committees meet on a regular basis. Some of these, such as the Charity Committee, work in parallel with student and parent bodies, to work towards common goals.
The main formal and formal staff-specific committees are:
The Staff Committee
The Staff Committee’s purpose is to listen to our all colleagues, new and old, and consider any issues that may arise. We provide opportunities for staff to professionally and confidentially communicate with the leaders and stakeholders at Shrewsbury International School. The committee provides and opens that crucial communication channel between staff, leaders and governors.
The Committee meets every half term and is represented by personnel from across the staff community. Any member of staff may volunteer to become a member of the committee, with a new Chair and Deputy normally appointed towards the end of each academic year.
The Committee has recently taken the lead on drafting a new Code of Conduct for employees.
The Social Committee is comprised of a group of voluntary staff from across our school community. Together, we organise different social events specifically for Shrewsbury staff members and their families.
We are responsible for organizing two major annual whole school events: The Christmas Party and the End of Term Summer BBQ. Funding for these events comes from the Governors and a small termly contribution from all members of Staff.
The Social Committee arranges gifts for Staff who leave, get married or have babies.
Over the course of the year, the committee co-ordinates a number of smaller events and activities that include: Staff Netball, Staff Football, Staff Quizzes, Staff Yoga, Charity Fundraisers and Informal staff room get-togethers, such as Pie and a Pint Friday.
Learning and Teaching Committee
The Learning and Teaching Committee provides close cooperation and understanding between the leadership and the school's teachers about the learning and teaching that goes on in the classroom, and help to ensure that the school remains at the forefront of educational best practice.
Up to 20 Academic staff can volunteer to sit on the committee each academic year. They meet formally every fourth week with representatives of the academic departments, regularly with the Vice Principals and provide a feedback report to the Senior Management Team once a year.
Committee members are expected to engage in the topics for discussion and read any material necessary to facilitate the discussion. Specifically they should:
- Take authorship of the learning blog in turn where appropriate.
- Have an interest in current pedagogy both internationally and in the UK, and be willing to share and lead on topics generated.
- With prior arrangement, be willing to participate in observations and learning walks.
- Contribute to the discussions around marking and feedback; share best practice.
- Consider the skills of the Shrewsbury Learner and how best to develop them.
- Be willing to take up new initiatives with regard to ICT and innovation.
- To lead staff training sessions emerging from key findings.