Quick reference guide - 2019 Annual report in SPaRO

The 2019 Annual report has been streamlined and offers a more automated process than in previous years. Most mandatory sections are now auto-populated with available data sources and generic statements in School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO). As some data is not centrally available, schools will continue to complete some sections.

Action required by schools

Optional commentary or analysis

Schools can include optional commentary or analysis throughout the report to provide context and interpretation on the auto-populated data provided.

SPaRO information and requirements

System requirements for viewing the SPaRO software are Chrome, Edge, Safari or IE11.

SPaRO is accessed through My Applications in the staff portal.

Within AMU, principals can assign themselves access at the principal level. They can then assign contributor access (editing rights) or staff access (read-only rights) to other users in their school.

The principal is the only user with rights to publish the Annual report.

Completing the sections in SPaRO

The overview table below summarises the sections which require action, or where action is optional:

Section Required Optional
Cover page No action required Upload an image. The school logo will be used if an alternate image is not selected.
Introduction No action required Include messages from the principal, school community and students.
School background No action required Not applicable (NA)
Self-assessment and school achievement Complete the annual School Excellence Framework Self-assessment Survey (SEF S-aS) in the Self-assessment section of SPaRO. Include a commentary to support the auto-populated SEF S-aS table. Select 'Do not publish' to exclude the SEF S-aS table from the printed report.
School plan - Strategic directions Complete the annual milestone for each process in the Implementation and progress monitoring tables in the School plan section of SPaRO. Content on resources, funding sources and evaluation will be auto-populated in the report. Alternatively, select the pencil icon to edit this section in the annual report. Include commentary on overall progress and next steps for each strategic direction.
Key initiatives and other school focus areas Complete the annual milestone for each key initiative funding in the progress table in the School plan section of SPaRO. Content on resources, funding sources and evaluation will be auto-populated in the report. Alternatively, select the pencil icon to edit this section in the annual report. NA
Student information Schools are required to ascertain the post school destinations of their school leavers from years 10, 11 and 12. This is included in the post school destinations table as a percentage of the student body. Include commentary to support the auto-populated student information.
Workforce information No action required Include commentary to support the auto-populated workforce information.
Financial information No action required Include commentary to support the auto-populated financial information.
School Performance - NAPLAN No action required Include commentary to support the auto-populated NAPLAN information.
School Performance - HSC No action required Include commentary to support the auto-populated HSC information.
Parent/caregiver, student, teacher satisfaction Schools are required to seek the opinions of their school community to gather feedback on school performance and satisfaction. This is included as a narrative. Upload up to 8 images. These can include snapshots of survey data.
Policy requirements No action required

Include commentary on the implementation of the Aboriginal Education, Multicultural Education and Anti-racism policies.

Include information on other school programs.

Confirmation Confirm that the 2019 Annual report is complete. Affirm and publish the 2019 Annual report. Schools that do not have a School Website Service (SWS) provided website will need to save a PDF of the report and publish it on their School planning and reporting page.
Buttons to edit Annual report fields in SPaRO
Image: Click a button to add optional commentary or analysis.

Contact information

If you have a question about completing your Annual report please email sparo@det.nsw.edu.au or contact the Leadership and High Performance Directorate on 02 7814 3853.

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