School improvement

The core task of the principal is to lead and manage ongoing efforts to improve teaching and school staff practice, school performance and ultimately outcomes for students.

The FISO Improvement Model

Circular graph showing state-wide priorities that are proven to have a strong bearing on the effectiveness of a school. Described under View FISO Improvement Model In table format
The FISO Improvement Model

FISO Improvement Model

Student achievement, engagement and wellbeing has 4 dimensions.

  1. Excellence in teaching and learning
  2. Community engagement in learning
  3. Professional leadership
  4. Positive climate for learning

Excellence in teaching and learning

  • evidence-based high impact teaching strategies
  • curriculum planning and assessment
  • building practice excellence
  • evaluating impact on learning

Community engagement in learning

  • parents and carers as partners
  • global citizenship
  • networks with schools services and agencies
  • building communities

Professional leadership

  • building leadership teams
  • instructional and shared leadership
  • strategic resources management
  • vision values and culture

Positive climate for learning

  • empowering students and building school pride
  • health and wellbeing
  • setting expectations and promoting inclusion
  • intellectual engagement and self-awareness
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Professional leadership is identified as one of the 4 statewide priorities in the FISO Improvement Model.

Research shows that great school leadership can have a significant effect on student outcomes because leadership affects the environment and conditions in which teachers teach and students learn.

Effective school leaders set the vision for their schools and foster the school’s learning culture.

They set high expectations for student achievement, and actively lead and participate in professional learning to build the practice excellence of their staff.

They ensure a safe and orderly learning environment so that teachers and students can focus on learning.

Great leaders determine what teaching expertise and resources are needed to achieve student learning goals and source and allocate them accordingly.

Principals use the FISO Improvement Cycle to combine robust evidence with effective inquiry processes, highlight the school's areas of strength and the areas of existing practice that need improving, and plan the right improvement strategies.

FISO Improvement Cycle

FISO Improvement Cycle: evaluate and diagnose, prioritise and set goals, develop and plan, implement and monitor
FISO Improvement Cycle

FISO Improvement Cycle

Evaluate and diagnose

Assess performance and progress in student achievement, wellbeing, engagement and productivity:

  • evaluate the impact of prior effort
  • diagnose areas requiring attention
  • record and report current status, resources and baseline
  • share successes and lessons with other schools

Prioritise and set goals

Prioritise key focus area or areas for improvement:

  • be clear about what success or impact looks like
  • set goals and targets
  • establish indicators to measure improvement

Develop and plan

Plan and develop improvement initiatives with evidence base:

  • develop whole school teaching and learning program
  • determine specific actions and method
  • determine roles, responsibilities and timelines
  • agree and communicate

Implement and monitor

Implement, gather data and monitor:

  • professional learning
  • collaboration and consistency
  • resourcing
  • community leverage
  • curriculum and assessment
  • programs
  • student outcomes
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The FISO Improvement Cycle supports strategic and annual planning, self-evaluation and school review.

Principals play a lead role in evaluating the school’s performance against their 4 year School Strategic Plan (SSP) and Annual Implementation Plans (AIPs), which is tested and validated through a school review. The school review report informs the development of the next SSP.

The SSP outlines the strategic direction for the school, setting 4 year goals and targets and key improvement strategies. AIPs monitor yearly progress against these and includes actions, success criteria and evidence of impact.

This chapter of the Principal Selection Guidelines explains how school improvement is one of the core tasks of a principal's role

Reviewed 10 May 2020

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