Schools as Organisations

Studying schools as the most basic unit of a formal education system

In this course, we will look at the organisations and factors that influence elements of a school. We see how schools are managed and what systems, principles and practices are utilised to do so. We will draw on organisational theory, systems theory and management theory. 

Our focus will be on organisational and administrative mechanisms at the district and school levels, and we will look at planning and financing school districts. You will learn about various types of schools, from private and aided to government, international and alternative schools, in order to understand how they are organised and make decisions. This will help you understand how to run a school in terms of leadership, management and governance, developing a culture, identity, strategy, and structure.