Improving School Performance

A whole school action plan is an essential school improvement tool which, if used effectively, will help governors, leaders and other staff ensure the successful delivery of a school’s vision.

It should be a working document written to aid the work of all stakeholders.  It should draw together all key aspects of a school’s improvement activities, but not all of the work of the school.  Accurate and reliable self-evaluation is essential in laying the foundation for an effective action plan.  It must contain challenging yet realistic targets which are measurable.  It must clearly state how and when each improvement activity will be measured against its targets and who will carry this out.

What does a whole school action plan do?

A good action plan provides clarity, structure, focus and accountability for the work of a senior leadership team.  It should be regularly monitored, updated and discussed at SLT meetings.  Each member of the SLT should be challenged, supported and held to account for the delivery of their section, by the rest of the SLT, during these meetings.

It should show governors what steps the school needs to take to achieve its aims.

What should a whole school action plan contain?

It should have clearly defined success criteria for each improvement activity and allow governors to evaluate whether the school is having the desired impact on pupil outcomes.  An updated action plan should be distributed and discussed at each full governing body meeting.  The relevant section of the action plan should guide the work of each governor’s sub-committee.  The governor’s work in holding school leaders to account should be supported by the action plan.

What is an effective whole school action plan?

An effective action plan will allow middle leaders to understand the importance of their role and contribution to the improvement of the school as a whole.  It should be used to drive the work of each curriculum area and provide the basis of each individual curriculum area action plan.

All staff should be familiar with the whole school action plan.  They should be able to relate their individual development plans and performance management targets to areas for development within the whole school action plan.  It should allow them to talk confidently about the improvement priorities of the school as a whole and to understand their contribution and collective responsibility towards their effective delivery.

How we can help.

We have a wealth of experience of writing and implementing actions plans.  We would welcome the opportunity to read your existing action plan and discuss it with you in detail.  We will provide feedback on both its structure and content and assess its usefulness from the point of view of each stakeholder.  We will assist with quality assurance and self-evaluation exercises to help monitor the impact your action plan is having on the outcomes of pupils in your school.

To talk about writing a whole school action plan, or to have yours reviewed, get in touch with James on 0161 914 9185

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