MHK and former teacher Jason Moorhouse has called for a review of centralised services in schools such as caretaking and cleaning.
He asked Education and Children Minister Graham Cregeen in the House of Keys: ’Could the Minister please review the performance of centralised services in education?
’It has been suggested that some absences have not been covered, communication on occasion is slow and the timetable to review and correct errors has taken too long on occasions - factors which have frustrated some head teachers.’
Fellow Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK Mr Cregeen said his department was reviewing all service level agreements (SLAs).
He said head teachers are not able to direct shared services staff to carry out additional services not set out in the agreed SLAs.
But he said they can direct staff to refrain from carrying out an activity or require that they leave the school site if they present a risk to the department, its staff, or the children. If they refused to stop what they are doing, or leave the site if asked, head teachers should inform the relevant department or in extreme cases, contact the police.