2.3 Develop and plan

Why is this topic important?

The SSP establishes the broad direction for the school that is operationalised through the AIP: for Improving Student Outcomes. The AIP supports the school’s delivery of the goals and targets identified in the SSP.

On completing this unit, school councillors should be able to:

  • understand the role and purpose of the AIP

  • endorse the AIP

  • monitor progress against the key improvement strategies and success criteria

AIPs are completed using SPOT. The president is provided access to SPOT to review and endorse the final plan. To receive access to eduMail and CASES 21, presidents should ensure the school has updated their details. 

The following table shows how councillors, the SEIL and the principal and leadership team would typically be involved in developing, monitoring and reporting on the AIP. As the table below shows, the principal and leadership team are responsible for developing the AIP and for managing, monitoring and reporting activities.

The principal will …

The Senior Education Improvement Leader will …

Councillors will typically …

  • in consultation with their School Improvement Team, develop the AIP
  • support and feed into the development of the AIP
  • contribute to the development of the AIP
  • approve the AIP
  • approve the AIP
  • approve the AIP
  • keep the school community informed about progress against the AIP
  • monitor progress against the AIP, including a review of key risks to achievement
  • monitor progress against the AIP, including a review of key risks to achievement
  • undertake a mid-year review of the AIP to monitor progress, including a review of key risks to achievement
  • discuss progress and evidence with the school leadership team

Developing the Annual Implementation Plan

The AIP identifies which of the six state-wide high-impact improvement initiatives the school will be addressing, why this has been selected and what key improvement strategies will support this focus.

The plan also contains the goals and targets from the SSP, and breaks these down into 12-month targets.

The plan breaks down each key improvement strategy into specific actions. For each action, it specifies:

  • how it will be implemented and resourced

  • the person or team who will implement the action and report back on progress

  • the timeframe for completing the action

  • success criteria or markers of success that will be observable measures of progress.

The school then reports to the community on its progress.

The AIP is operational. It is important for school councillors to be aware of the plan and how it reflects the goals and targets established in the SSP and understand their role in overseeing the annual budget and the resourcing of the identified actions.

Principals' and teachers' Performance and Development Plans are linked directly to the actions milestones identified in the AIP.

Endorsing the Annual Implementation Plan

After the SEIL has endorsed the AIP, the principal presents the final version to school council for endorsement. The president reviews and endorses the final plan in SPOT. Before endorsing it, councillors should satisfy themselves that:

  • one-year targets are consistent with the goals and targets in the SSP

  • the success criteria are achievable given the likely available resources.

The plan should be endorsed by the school council by 31 December in the year before implementation and then be submitted to the Department.

Resources and links



Annual Implementation Planning – internal eduGate site