• The School Success Model commences Day 1 Term 1 2021, with a phased implementation.
  • In 2021, Phase 1 delivers student performance targets, tailored and triaged support for schools that need it the most, a pilot program for high-performing schools, strengthened system guidance, and reduced administrative burden.
  • By the end of Term 1 2021, schools will complete the School Excellence in Action planning process, which will set out their strategic improvement plans for achieving their student performance targets. This process links the school planning process with the School Excellence Framework self-assessment and external validation processes.
  • In 2022, Phase 2 further reduces the school administrative burden by simplifying the school budget, improving system-wide reporting and continuing work to refine data-based tailored support.
  • Phase 3 delivers full implementation based on school performance against all targets by the end of 2022.

  • Principals will continue to make evidence-based decisions, develop strategic improvement plans, as well as lead staff and work with their communities to improve outcomes for students.
  • Principals will have improved guidance and more targeted support to help them achieve their strategic improvement goals.

  • The reform builds on the Premier’s Priority targets in reading and numeracy (top 2 NAPLAN bands) and Aboriginal students attaining the HSC while maintaining cultural identity.
  • From Term 1 2021, additional school targets will be implemented for the HSC, student attendance, and students’ expected growth in reading and numeracy.
  • From 2021, all Year 1 students will be required to undergo a compulsory Phonics Screening Check, and in 2022 a measure and baseline will be established for senior school student pathways. Student wellbeing targets will be baselined in 2021.
  • School targets are set in the context of the performance of schools with statistically similar characteristics.

  • Schools that require significant improvement to meet targets will receive additional support and direction from the department.

  • Ambitious system targets will be developed and implemented for 2021 that recognise the role and importance of system support for schools.
  • Specific system-level targets will be set for the first phase of the reform to reduce administrative burden.
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