A school is made up of different departments just like any other organization. If the teacher can be seen as analogous to the brain of a school, it is the non teaching staff that does the operations that the teachers require to make their contribution functional and reach the students in the right way. Then only stuff has a very important role to play in the functioning of a school and it is one that should not be taken lightly.
Who are Non Teaching Staff?
Non teaching staff consist of people who are in the school system but do not function as people who impart knowledge directly to the students. They do not have a direct stake in the education of the student but their absence can severely impact the same. Non teaching staff are an integral part of the school system and their everyday functions are what helps the school function normally and seamlessly without any hiccups or hindrances along the way. They are people who work on the sidelines and yet their effect is felt directly in each and every student as well as teacher with respect to their everyday activities in school.
Departments of Non Teaching Staff
There are several members of the non teaching staff who are essential to the smooth functioning of a school. Given below are a few examples of non teaching staff and what they do from the standpoint of their professional responsibilities.
The role of the administrative staff is taken care of by different people and it varies from institution to institution. Administration basically means taking care of all the day to day activities of a school, supervising the daily happenings of the school and maintaining discipline and order. The administrative staff may contain the principal, vice principal, and sometimes even senior faculty members.
The school infirmary is one of the most important centres of non teaching in a school. It contains a school dance which tends to the immediate and emergency problems and health issues of students as well as teachers at times. The school infirmary is the place where you will find the school nurse. School nurse is part of the non teaching staff and has a very important role in the life of students. They are responsible for tending to the injuries of students and even administering first aid if the situation gets serious. They might not be teaching any student but their effect is evident from the lives of students.
The cleaning staff is one of the most important if not the most important part of the school. :Without them, the classroom would be filthy and unhygienic. They are supposed to maintain the average hygiene standard of a school and must maintain the school's overall cleanliness.
The Transport Related Staff
These include the bus conductors and drivers of the school. Almost every school has a transport system for bringing children to school and getting them back to their homes. The task of ferrying them between school and home is entrusted to the conductors and drivers of the school. This has a lot of responsibility attached to it because the literal safety of students need to be taken into consideration.
Accounts & Finance
Maintaining the accounts of a school is one of the most important aspects of running it. The accounts section is not only the most famous non teaching position there is, it is often the busiest as well. Keeping the finances of an educational institution in check is paramount for the overall success of a school so their contribution requires special mention.
The store keeper is the person who maintains an inventory of all the commodities being sold in the school store. The storekeeper’s job may seem simple, but it is much more important than what it is given credit for. If a proper inventory of all the things being bought and sold is not maintained, it can lead to financial losses and so, their contributions are quite valuable to the school.
The case for a librarian being part of the non teaching staff is kind of a bit of a mixed bag because while some librarians are considered non teaching staff because their role does not involve taking classes in schools, there are cases where there are an inadequate number of teachers or staff in general and certain teachers are given the responsibility of being a librarian in addition to being a teacher, so even though there rule is fundamentally not one that require teaching it may still be carried out by a teaching staff. Interestingly a librarian is sometimes also called a library teacher in schools.
Counselors are people who are given the responsibility of maintaining the mental health and overall well-being of students at school. They offer moral support to the students and help them with their learning needs, assisting them in figuring out what is not working for them and what to do to improve themselves over time.
So it is clearly seen that the non teaching staff in an educational institution has a significant role to play in the functioning of the school and in the overall being of the students in the school but the absence of the contribution can have a very negative effect in the overall functioning and fabric of the same. Their contributions might seem invisible at first, but it is actually very evident their contributions are the reason for the smooth functioning of the school system.
Some schools might even have other not teaching staff who have roles that are not mentioned here as well. For example, there might be a dedicated canteen staff if the school or educational institution has a very large canteen to maintain. So the number of non teaching staff and the various roles they play changes from institution to institution.