Resources to support School Excellence in Action

The new School Excellence cycle starts in 2021. Find out more about it through the following animations, diagrams, charts and samples.

Animations - the School Excellence cycle and Resourcing your SIP

1. An overview

A brief overview of the 2021-24 School Excellence cycle - providing NSW public schools with the tools to drive continuous school improvement and improved student outcomes.

2. An introduction

An introduction to the steps involved in 2021-24 School Excellence cycle. The School Excellence cycle aligns components of the School Excellence Framework, providing our NSW public schools a process to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies to drive improved student outcomes.

3. A situational analysis

In the first step in the School Excellence cycle, schools undertake a situational analysis to assess their current state. This video outlines the steps taken in the situational analysis, which is a key component in developing the Strategic Improvement Plan.

4. The Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP)

After the situational analysis, schools use collected data and work with the community to develop a Strategic Improvement Plan. This plan sets out the specific steps a school will take in their pursuit of continuous school improvement and improving student outcomes.

5. SIP implementation and progress monitoring

Once the SIP is finalised, schools will implement and monitor its progress in SPaRO, through ongoing evaluation of activities related to initiatives. This process is recommended twice a term. Schools add, tag and annotate evidence. The annual reflection is a review of the impact of these activities, supported by evidence. The annual reflection auto-populates the annual report.

Transcript for video 5

6. Resourcing your Strategic Improvement Plan

A school's Strategic Improvement Plan maps the steps towards improved student outcomes. Find out how your SBAR allocation can resource your SIP to deliver school improvement and excellence.

Transcript for video 6

School Excellence support material

Please note that the professional learning (PL) identified in the following flowcharts and guides are no longer registered PL, as per NESA's announcement in late 2020. All PL highlighted in this material is teacher identified (TIPL) or elective.


  • Situational analyses - samples
  • Strategic Improvement Plans - samples

Note: the 'implementation and progress monitoring' part of each 2020 SIP sample is shown at the end of the sample.

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