2018-2020 School planning
The enhanced Strategic Improvement Plan (previously known as the School Plan) has been simplified to support all NSW public schools. The plan will be available in SPaRO from 2021.
Understand the new Strategic Improvement Plan template and improvements to the SPaRO software by watching this video.
The school planning and reporting approach gives NSW public schools greater authority to meet the needs of their communities, to improve the quality of teaching in schools and outcomes for all students. It is highly strategic, focusing on key areas for improvement determined by the school in consultation with its community. This is to ensure a profound difference to the ongoing growth and development of the school.
Schools use the School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO) software to prepare and develop their plans. The software provides an online integrated process for schools to plan, self-assess and report. SPaRO is available to schools through the Department of Education staff portal.
Principals are responsible for publishing the school plan on the school's website by the end of Term 1 at the commencement of a planning cycle. During the cycle, any updates to the plan will be published annually by the end of Term 1 each year.
All schools are required to use the School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO) software to undertake and complete school planning, self-assessment, annual reporting and external validation. The software provides an online integrated process for schools to efficiently plan, self-assess and report. The reference guides below provide further information.