The following resources have been developed to assist schools to strategically plan and effectively align school resources to initiatives that improve student outcomes. An important component of this is the effective use of needs-based funding.
School resources – looking in, out, forward
An activity using prompting questions to guide schools to critically reflect on resourcing practices. Completing this activity will assist school leaders to consider the impact of their resourcing on student outcomes, by looking at current and future resourcing, opportunities and needs.
School Budget Allocation Report (SBAR) to Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) reference table
The SBAR to SIP reference table provides a simple overview of budget allocation planning and reporting accountabilities. The table will support you to determine the most appropriate alignment of resources within the SIP to ensure greatest impact on student outcomes.
Accountability for the effective use of needs-based funding must extend beyond reporting financial expenditure to include evaluation of the impact on student learning.
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Effective resourcing for implementation and progress monitoring reflection
A set of reflective questions for school leaders to consider when developing and resourcing the initiatives and implementation activities in their SIP. When completing the resources column of the implementation and progress monitoring, schools should include:
- What resources are required to implement this activity/initiative?
- What is the breakdown and total cost of the required resources?
- Where will funding and resources come from?
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Common categories of resources table
Schools will identify the funding contributions required for each activity in the implementation and progress monitoring table. This will provide an outline of the true cost of implementing an initiative, allowing for a more authentic evaluation of the impact.
The categories of resources table provides an overview of commonly used resources and how they are funded in the SIP.
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SIP resourcing health check
The SIP resourcing health check outlines seven steps to ensure your school’s resources are effectively aligned to initiatives in the SIP to improve student learning and wellbeing outcomes.
Schools should aim to monitor their school-determined activities at least twice a term.
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SIP annual reflection – resourcing reflection
Schools evaluate and reflect on the impact of initiatives each year against annual progress measures. This provides the opportunity for programs and activities to be adjusted, as required, to ensure the achievement of the four-year improvement measures. The purpose of evaluation is not to prove what was done but to inform what to do next.
These considerations should also be viewed through a resourcing lens as an implication of the evaluation findings. The reflection questions contained in this resource will assist in evaluating your SIP progress through a resourcing lens.
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