By law, every school in the Netherlands is linked with a medezeggenschapsraad (MR). This is a participation council, where elected representatives of teachers, students and parents are consulted by the school management over matters concerning the management of the school.
The MR holds, according to legislation, two types of rights: the right of advice (adviesrecht) and the right of approval (instemmingrecht). Matters in which either right can be used are specified.
RISS representative in the MR is Philip Westra:
I have been chosen by my colleagues to represent the RISS in the MR of the Wolfert van Borselen for the next 4 years, starting from August 2018. As part of this board it will be my job to evaluate and give critical feedback on decisions made by the management.
The Participation Board will gather 5 times a year together with the General Board of the Wolfert van Borselen Group to discuss several issues that are ongoing in the school and also the RISS.
The RISS and the Wolfert van Borselen schools are undergoing huge transformations: new buildings, rising student enrolment and new teaching methods and technologies being introduced into the classrooms.
To enable this, the management will have to make several decisions affecting various stakeholders in the school: Students, staff and parents. This whole process requires proper evaluation.
My objectives are:
- To represent the RISS within the Wolfert van Borselen MR to the best of my ability
- To listen to concerns and opinions from staff members with regards to management decisions and share them with the rest of the MR members
- To give critical and constructive feedback on management decisions affecting the school and the RISS from the perspective of a RISS staff member
- To inform all staff members of any relevant issues discussed during the meetings
If you have any questions related to the MR, feel free to contact Philip Westra.