The School Excellence policy is supported by the School planning implementation guidelines . The guidelines have been developed to provide advice and support to schools as they implement the policy for the 2018-2020 planning cycle.
The school planning and reporting approach gives NSW public schools greater authority to meet the needs of their communities, to improve the quality of teaching in schools and outcomes for all students. It is highly strategic, focusing on key areas for improvement determined by the school in consultation with its community. This is to ensure a profound difference to the ongoing growth and development of the school.
The School planning – a reflection resource is designed to support and promote professional conversations regarding the development and review of a three-year school plan. It is consistent with the School Excellence implementation guidelines and related policy documents.
Schools use the School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO) software to prepare and develop their plans. The software provides an online integrated process for schools to plan, self-assess and report. SPaRO is available to schools through the Department of Education staff portal.
Principals are responsible for publishing the school plan on the school's website by the end of Term 1 at the commencement of a planning cycle. During the cycle, any updates to the three-year plan will be published annually by the end of Term 1 each year.
All schools are required to use the School Planning and Reporting Online (SPaRO) software to undertake and complete school planning, self-assessment, annual reporting and external validation. The software provides an online integrated process for schools to efficiently plan, self-assess and report and is available through the Department of Education staff portal.
System requirements for viewing the SPaRO software are:
- Internet Explorer 11
- Microsoft Edge
- Chrome or Safari.
Schools should ensure that they are using the Department of Education's Standard Operating Environment (SOE). Schools that do not have the latest operating system and associated software are advised to use the department's software catalogue to bring their machine/s in line with DoE standards. Schools should contact their field services IT team or EDConnect for assistance.