12 The School Review Report
12.1 Future-focused and evidence-based
The School Review Report is a documented overview of school review outcomes, outlining the findings and decisions of the School Review Panel. It draws on the evidence base about the school’s performance, assembled during both the school’s pre-review self-evaluation (PRSE) and the review itself. It also draws on evidence about interventions that research demonstrates are effective in lifting outcomes for all students.
The Review Report serves as a valuable reference that informs practice and guides planning. It celebrates progress and acknowledges key challenges. It identifies specific opportunities to strengthen the school’s instructional core: student voice, agency and leadership, curriculum content and teaching practice.
The Review Report enables the school to navigate its improvement journey by establishing actionable, achievable, and ambitious directions for the next School Strategic Plan.
‘Over time the expectation to be built is that principals and their staff are responsible for improving learning and teaching in their schools, and their role is to leverage Departmental resources, programs, pilots and initiatives to meet the needs of their students and communities.’xx
The public section of the Review Report provides a tangible output that can be shared with the school community. It enables the school community to understand the impetus behind the School Strategic Plan. The confidential section of the Review Report provides more detailed information that will assist the school with planning for its improvement journey.
12.2 Guidance for the next School Strategic Plan
The reviewer is responsible for drafting the Review Report following the School Review Panel Meeting (described in of these guidelines). The Review Report comprises a public section and a confidential section. The public section provides transparency for the school community. It reports on the school context and school highlights, and summarises key findings and directions for the next School Strategic Plan.
‘It’s important to remember that implementation plans are not for the planners; they are for the implementers.’xxi
The confidential section examines the school’s achievements and challenges with reference to the current School Strategic Plan. It captures observations made during fieldwork and sets out the results from the minimum standards for school registration check.
The confidential section is purposefully structured and written to assist the school to determine the content of the new School Strategic Plan, based on the directions identified by the panel, including goals, targets, and key improvement strategies (KIS).
The structure of the review report is outlined below.
1.1 School context
1.2 School highlights
1.3 Summary of key review findings
1.4 Summary of key directions for the next School Strategic Plan
2.1 Summary of performance against the current School Strategic Plan
2.2 Key achievements against current School Strategic Plan targets
2.3 Key challenges against current School Strategic Plan targets
2.4 Fieldwork findings
2.5 Focus on evidence
2.6 Other significant findings
2.7 Assessment against the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO)
Continua of practice
2.8 Key directions for the next School Strategic Plan – goals, targets and KIS
2.9 VRQA minimum standards for school registration check
12.3 Quality-assuring the School Review Report
Once the reviewer has drafted the Review Report, it is quality-assured and checked for accuracy by the principal and senior education improvement leader (SEIL). The SEIL’s approval is required before a draft version is declared final. A team in the Department’s Central Office quality-assures a sample of review reports.
The final version of the Review Report is uploaded to Sharepoint by the review company. Once approved by the SEIL (via a workflow email), the review company or reviewer forwards the final version to the principal.
12.4 Sharing the confidential section of the School Review Report
The principal presents the approved Review Report to staff and school council, with support from the SEIL, ensuring confidentiality requirements are understood and maintained.
The confidential section of the Review Report is shared, in hard copy only, with staff and school council members. There is a strict requirement that documents remain on school premises. Electronic copies are not made available.
For schools in the Transform school performance group, the reviewer attends a meeting of the school council to present Review Report findings.
12.5 Sharing the public section of the school review report
The Review Report forms the basis of the new School Strategic Plan.
After the new School Strategic Plan is endorsed, the public section of the Review Report is shared with the school community through publication on the school website together with the Plan.
Reviewed 13 June 2020