Transcript for School Excellence video 2

In twenty-twenty, the current school planning and external validation cycles conclude, giving us the chance to align the components of the School Excellence cycle.

We are updating the School Excellence Cycle and refining strategic planning to better support schools on their improvement journey.

Schools will still use the School Excellence Framework in their pursuit of excellence. They can also consider research from the Centre for Educational Statics and Evaluation (CESE), including What Works Best.

By providing a clear description of quality practices across the key domains of education – learning, teaching and leading - the School Excellence cycle provides our schools with a process to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies that drive improved student outcomes.

The first step schools will undertake is a Situational Analysis. This involves reviewing and evaluating their current plan and other data sources, analysing School Excellence Framework Self-assessment Survey data, using the findings from their external validation and determining future directions.

Once completed, the Situational Analysis will be used to consult with the community, review and amend the school’s vision and context statements, and determine the high level strategic directions the school will take over the next four years.

This will inform the development of the Strategic Improvement Plan. By identifying their improvement measures, schools can then determine the most appropriate initiatives to achieve them. The initiatives should be clearly aligned to the improvement measures. Schools then determine their success criteria, which will direct them to the evidence they’ll need when evaluating their Strategic Improvement Plan. The School Excellence Framework and What Works Best should be carefully considered throughout this process.

We have also released a new user friendly template in SPaRO, and from 2021, all schools will develop their Strategic Improvement Plan using this simplified template.

Continuous school improvement is enabled by needs-based funding and the strategic allocation of resources. As part of the ongoing Implementation and progress monitoring of the plan, schools collect and evaluate evidence to ensure they’re meeting the needs of each of their students.

Each year, schools evaluate and reflect on the impact of their initiatives against their annual progress measures, ensuring that they are on track to achieve their improvement measures. This will be auto-populated into the annual report. The Annual reflection also includes reviewing and completing the school’s SEF S-aS.

The improved process aligns purposeful resource allocation with authentic self-assessment, engaging all staff to drive improved student outcomes. This way we can ensure every student, every teacher, every leader and every school improves every year.

For further support, visit the NSW Education website and search ‘School Excellence’ or you can contact your Director Educational Leadership or your local Principal School Leadership.


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