Transcript for School Excellence video 3

This three part video series will explore the steps schools follow on their school excellence journey. First, schools undertake a situational analysis.

This is followed by the development of a Strategic Improvement Plan, which is implemented and monitored. Each year schools reflect on the impact of their initiatives to ensure that they are on track for achieving their 4 year improvement measures.

A situational analysis is an authentic and rigorous assessment of a school’s current state. The analysis is a key component of the school excellence cycle and it is an essential step in the development of the plan.

A school conducting a situational analysis looks inwards, outwards and forwards.

Schools look inwards to analyse school data, and consider the views of staff, students, parents and carers. It includes using professional judgement to review what, why and how a practice was done – and the end result.

A school should look outwards to review their baselines and targets, consider research on effective school improvement strategies - and consult with the community about its current and future state.

Lastly, it involves looking forward to consider the future directions a school will take as it focuses on improvement and excellence.

Schools can follow five steps to complete their situational analysis in SPaRO.

The first step involves analysing the data contained within the Scout dashboard to enter into SPaRO. This inward reflection provides a snapshot of the school within the following areas: Enrolment, Wellbeing, Student Performance, Human Resources and Finance. Schools should also consider their system-negotiated targets in this section.

Next, schools review the School Excellence Framework-Self assessment Survey (SEF-SaS) for the past two years, and the latest External Validation panel report. The External Validation analysis includes an in-depth review of the executive summary and future directions.

Step three involves reviewing and analysing other valid data sources to inform future planning. This includes internal performance and wellbeing data that cannot be accessed through Scout, along with the evaluation of the existing school plan. This is an important step for each and every school. Schools should also consider reliable and relevant research and literature around high impact strategies that work.

In considering all of the evidence analysed, schools can make judgements as to their areas for improvement. These considerations will be used to determine the school’s strategic directions.

Using all you have learned through your situational analysis, you are now ready to consult with your broader community and collaboratively determine your vision statement, school context and the development of your Strategic Improvement Plan for the next four years.

This thorough investigation ensures a school’s decision making maximises the learning outcomes and opportunities for everyone – supporting excellence in learning, teaching and leading.

Watch the next video in the series, which focuses on the Strategic Improvement Plan. Or, for more information, visit the 2021 School Excellence in Action website.


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