Vodcast transcript - School Excellence policy amendment

Video transcript - Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, discusses the School Excellence Policy and the upcoming 2018-2020 planning cycle.

Hello to our public school staff, school principals, and school leadership teams. Since my appointment as Deputy Secretary, I've had the great fortune of meeting many of our school leaders. Recently I met with school principal Dr. Brendhan Haynes and his leadership team to discuss their achievements at Erskineville Public School and their intended directions as a school community as they approach the 2018-2020 school planning cycle. Erskineville Public School is just one example I have seen of the considered leadership being afforded to setting a school’s strategic improvement trajectory. All credit to them.

We are very fortunate to individually and collectively be leading our public schools at such an exciting time in public education. It's a time based on new insights, greater investment, and embedding some of the most significant reforms in our careers.

As we approach the new school planning cycle, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you in our public schools for your achievements in generating school improvement for the students and communities we serve. The growth mindset applied to our school planning cycle has had a profound impact on those we serve each and every day in public education. Our students are well positioned to become active contributors to society from the efforts of the staff and leaders in our schools.

Today I want to talk to you about changes to the School Excellence Policy, which will assist our schools in their journey to school excellence for our upcoming 2018-2020 planning cycle. We've amended the School Excellence Policy. It’s followed extensive consultation, feedback from the current planning cycle, learnings from our school self-assessment process, and external validation. The amended policy gives our school communities greater clarity of expectations for our school leaders and our senior officers in our system. It also provides clear directions for schools in planning, in self-assessment, external validation, and annual reporting.

The School Excellence guidelines are published on the department's Policy website for each of the components of school excellence. I would encourage all in our school communities to engage with these supporting documents. Also available on the Policy website is the new School Development Review Procedures and version two of the School Excellence Framework. Thanks to the many of you who've contributed feedback as we have consulted. Our updated School Excellence Framework - to be used by our schools to inform their 2018-2020 school plans - contains specific themes for each element and is organised as a progression - a progression from delivering, to sustaining and growing, to excelling.

We trust that you will find the language in the updated School Excellence Framework to be clearer and more specific. This should assist the on-balance professional judgements our schools make in the annual self-assessment process across those important domains of learning, teaching, and leading. Our public schools will use the current School Excellence Framework to complete the 2015-2017 cycle and the updated School Excellence Framework for the 2018-2020 cycle.

As such, the 2017 Annual Report - due by the end of Term 1 2018 - will utilise the current School Excellence Framework. The 2018-2020 school plan for each of our schools will be informed by the updated School Excellence Framework and will be due to be completed by the end of Term 1 2018. The same will be the case for the self-assessment for all of our schools, due by the end of Term 1 2018.

A key part of school excellence is school planning. As the end of the current planning cycle approaches, it is a good time to consider your school's progress and to reflect on and analyse results and achievements. What worked? What didn't? What could have been done differently? Continuous self-assessment provides evidence to inform decisions on future strategic directions for our schools. Implementation really matters and doing what we've committed to well is so vitally important for the benefit of our students.

In the planning process, schools also connect with, listen to, and inspire the whole school community. Planning that considers past results, that uses a range of evidence and is inclusive, will improve outcomes for every student, every teacher, and every leader in every school. It is not about doing the same thing to achieve the same results. Rather, I would encourage our schools to employ a considered and deliberate approach to what we commit to in our school plan, an approach that should be sufficiently challenging to bring about transformation, growth, and improvement.

I encourage all our public schools to follow the new implementation guidelines as we develop our 2018-2020 school plan. Embedding a transparent quality planning process in each of our public schools will give our system strength and momentum for individual school improvement, a key driver for generating collective system improvement. This is vital in ensuring that public education in New South Wales is an outstanding provider of inclusive and holistic education for all.

Like you, I am deeply committed to the pursuit of excellence in our public schools and our public education system. And as I visit our public schools across the state, I look forward to our discussions on your school planning experience for the next iteration of our school plan. I'm confident we will continue our unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence in our public schools and the provision of high quality educational opportunities for each and every student we serve each day. End transcript.

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