Each school is part of an educational district and falls under the direct control of the School Supervisor III of the district. The Division of School Supervision has a major responsibility for ensuring school effectiveness in the education sector. It consists of a head office and seven (7) sub-units “the educational districts. The Tobago House of Assembly is responsible for the educational district of Tobago. The Division of School Supervision is the key player in all policies and initiatives set out by The Ministry of Education aimed at reforming and the strengthening the education system.
The Director of School Supervision, who manages a cadre of school supervisors and other support staff, heads the division. His specific responsibility is to ensure the efficient and effective administration of schools at the early childhood, primary, and the secondary levels. In the present environment of educational reform, the Division of School Supervision is committed to meet the challenges by making a genuine effort to plan for change and be part of a collaborative team in the proposed entity called the Quality Delivery Unit that is responsible for the quality assurance process within the Ministry of Education.
The Division of School Supervision must, of necessity, work collaboratively with four agencies that contributes to the welfare of students. These include;
The division must be aware of the roles of these various bodies and the authority with which some of them have been entrusted over time. They must also be sensitive to situations where roles seem to overlap and must use of its expertise and experience to resolve or avert potential areas of conflict. The school supervisor must be an agent of guidance, conciliation and harmony – not one who generates conflicts, suspicion or anxiety.
Supervisors and Principals must engage in building capacity in leadership both at the district and school level. This requires the development of an action plan that is monitored and evaluated by those who are knowledgeable and promote the same vision and missio n for the education system. The Supervisor is responsible for: