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Last reviewed on 16 March 2018
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School types: Special · School phases: All

Having an effective school improvement plan (SIP) will support you in achieving your priorities. Use the examples of SIPs from special schools below to get inspiration for creating your own, and see how other schools have structured theirs.

Schools use a variety of terms for whole-school plans, including ‘strategic plan' and 'school development plan'. Here, we use 'school improvement plan' (SIP).

Next, take a look at our article with guidance on writing SIPs, and download our template SIP.

Primary special school example


Rocklands School in Staffordshire is for pupils aged 2 to 11 with a range of special educational needs (SEN), including autistic spectrum disorder, social, emotional and mental health needs, moderate and severe leading difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Its SIP summary sets out aims relating to:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Outcomes for children and learners
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Health and safety and premises

You can download the summary from the page below.

School improvement, Rocklands School

Beatrice Tate School in Tower Hamlets is a community special school for pupils aged 11 to

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