Quick reference guide - 2020 annual report

Most mandatory sections of the 2020 annual report are auto-populated with available data sources and generic statements in School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO). Schools will continue to complete the sections where centralised data is not available.

To access the 2020 annual report in SPaRO, go to the 'Annual Reports' tab at the top of the page, and select '2020' in the dropdown menu.

The following actions are required by schools.

Optional commentary or analysis

Throughout the report, schools can add optional commentary or analysis to provide greater context and interpretation on the auto-populated information.

Schools can also add captions to uploaded images to provide a detailed description or add more information, such as on the graphs in the ‘parent/caregiver, student, teacher satisfaction’ section.

SPaRO information and requirements

SPaRO is accessed through My Applications in the staff portal. Principals can assign themselves access at the principal level in AMU, and can then assign contributor access (editing rights) or staff access (read-only rights) to other users in their school.

Note: the principal is the only user with rights to publish the annual report.

Completing the sections in SPaRO

The following overview table 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 Select 'Do not publish' to exclude the SEF S-aS table from the printed report.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 2020 Annual Report is complete. Affirm and publish the 2020 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: You can add optional commentary, analysis or image captions via the buttons.

Contact information

If you have a question about completing your annual report please email sparo@det.nsw.edu.au or contact Strategic School Improvement on 02 7814 3853.

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