IMPROVING SCHOOL
GOVERNANCE

2.3 Develop and plan

Why is this topic important?

The strategic plan establishes the broad direction for the school that is operationalised through the Annual Implementation Plan: for Improving Student Outcomes (annual implementation plan). The annual implementation plan enables the school to deliver on the goals and targets identified in the school strategic plan.

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

  • understand the role and purpose of the annual implementation plan
  • endorse the annual implementation plan
  • monitor progress against the key improvement strategies and success criteria
  • endorse the annual report.

The following table shows how councillors, the Senior Education Improvement Leader and the principal and leadership team would typically be involved in developing, monitoring and reporting on the annual implementation plan. As the table shows, the principal and leadership team are responsible for developing the annual implementation plan and for managing, monitoring and reporting activities.

The principal will …

The Senior Education Improvement Leader will …

Councillors will typically …

  • develop the annual implementation plan
  • support and feed into the development of the annual implementation plan
  • contribute to the development of the annual implementation plan
 
  • approve the annual implementation plan
  • endorse the annual implementation plan
  • keep the school community informed about progress in implementing the annual implementation plan
  • monitor progress in implementing the annual implementation plan
  • monitor progress in implementing the annual implementation plan
  • undertake a mid-year review of the annual implementation plan to monitor progress
  • discuss progress and evidence with the school leadership team
 

Developing the annual implementation plan

The annual implementation plan identifies which of the six state-wide evidence-based 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 school strategic plan, and breaks these down into 12-month targets, which are smaller steps towards achieving the broader 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 people 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 annual implementation plan 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 strategic plan and understand their role in overseeing the annual budget and the resourcing of the identified actions.

Principals' and teachers' Performance and Development Plans draw on the goals and targets identified in the strategic plan and annual implementation plan.

Endorsing the annual implementation plan

The principal will present the final version of the annual implementation plan to school council for endorsement. Before endorsing it, councillors should satisfy themselves that:

  • one-year targets are consistent with the goals and targets in the strategic plan
  • the success criteria are achievable given the likely available resources.

The plan must be endorsed by the school council by 31 March in the year of implementation and submitted to the Department.

Resources and links

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Link

Annual Implementation Planning – internal eduGate site

https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edrms/project/fiso/SitePages/AIP.aspx