2018-2020 School Plan cycle

This webpage is currently being updated (as the 2018-2020 school plan is concluded). All schools are now focused on their new Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP). See these Resources to understand the new School Excellence cycle and the School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO) platform.

Find out how NSW public schools are able to achieve and sustain levels of excellence in learning, teaching and leading through a simplified, coherent, more explicitly focused and well-resourced 2021 School Excellence cycle.

Watch a short video on the improved 2021 School Excellence cycle and the strategic improvement planning process.

School Excellence is at the core of all work across NSW public schools, focusing on continuous school improvement. School Excellence encompasses all areas of school planning, ongoing self-assessment, reporting and external validation.

School Excellence Policy

The School Excellence Policy provides direction for schools in planning, self-assessment and annual reporting, and is supported by implementation guidelines. The amended policy, released in Term 3, 2017, strengthens the roles and responsibilities of principals and Directors, Educational Leadership in the pursuit of School Excellence and incorporates the use of School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO) into the requirements.

School Excellence approach

The approach to School Excellence is built on a single, integrated school plan and annual report that incorporates a strong self-assessment process.

In addition, schools may engage in a school development review. These reviews must be conducted in line with the School Excellence Procedure. A school development review manual (DOCX 576KB) has been developed to provide further support.

Please note: we are currently updating the school development review manual, if you are having trouble accessing any content, please contact Strategic School Improvement by calling (02) 7814 3853.

School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO)

SPaRO system requirements

System requirements for viewing the SPaRO software are: Chrome (recommended), Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Internet Explorer 11.

Schools should ensure that they are using the DoE Standard Operating Environment (SOE). Schools that do not have the latest operating system and associated software are advised to use the department's software catalogue to bring their machine/s in line with DoE standards. Schools should contact their field services IT team or EDConnect for assistance.

School Excellence Framework

The school planning and reporting approach is underpinned by the School Excellence Framework (SEF), found on the School Excellence Policy site. The School Excellence Framework, supports all NSW public schools in their pursuit of excellence by providing a clear description of quality practice across the key domains of education – learning, teaching and leading – to inform and guide decision-making by principals. The framework is evidence-based and identifies explicit school practices that are directly related to continuous, school-wide improvement and better student outcomes.

Further information

The My School Website is a resource for parents, educators and the community to receive information about individual schools.

Schools can refer to the ACARA website for information on school curriculum, assessment and reporting.

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