A standard operating procedure, or SOP, is a set of step-by-step instructions put in black and white by an institution or an organization to help workers carry out routine operations. SOPs aim to achieve competence, quality output and consistency of performance, while reducing miss-communication and failure to comply with defined regulations.
These SOPs establish who is to carry out the procedure, what qualifications are required to perform the job, materials required to perform the job, and how the job will be carried out in detailed step-by-step instructions. Once written, these SOPs can save teachers and school administrator’s valuable time, as they can simply reference these SOPs without having to re-think about these procedures. These SOPs can also be a valuable reference and teaching tool for employees or researchers.
When to write an SOP?
When not to write an SOP?
Who writes an SOP?
An SOP is usually written by the person who routinely performs the work. This can be a manager, teacher, or a administrator who is most familiar with the procedures. The SOP can also be written by a team of people familiar with the work. Consultation with other educationists, collaborators, or other experts is strongly encouraged.
Some of the work areas where SOP can be written:
Authored By: Dr. Rosetta Williams
Dr. Williams is one of the top educationists in India with experience of over 28 years in managing and leading education institutions, new academic ventures, education policy formulation and change management across multiple locations in India and abroad.