This information provides specific guidelines to schools for implementation of policy, programs and practice to meet local and system performance goals and targets, including those set by the NT and Australian Governments. School improvement requires a professional commitment to problem solving, innovation, critical reflection and continuous professional learning. School improvement is reliant on school leadership that engages people at all levels of the organisation in the learning process by creating a culture of inquiry which develops new capabilities and revolutionises teaching and learning. Strategies must work from the classroom out and have a bottom line of enhancing student progress, achievement and development.
The Strategic Improvement Plan is the one authoritative document which contains the relevant expectations and commitments that will be addressed. It is published every four years but is continually reviewed and amended annually through the Annual Operational Plan. Schools provide an Annual Performance Report to their communities in line with five KRAs, the school’s performance targets and the performance standards based on like school, NT and national averages. The DSP and school council endorse the information contained within the school’s Annual Performance Report publication. The School Annual Performance Report must separately identify supplementary funds allocated to meet the needs of the school’s target student cohort, and the relative achievement levels of target students, however this requirement is waived if low student numbers create a risk of individual students being identified. The report is to be submitted annually by the end of Term 1 to the Director School Performance. All staff are required to have a Performance Plan which identies actions, standards and targets aligned with the Strategic Improvement Plan.