Last reviewed on 9 April 2021
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Learn the distinction between a school development plan (SDP) and a strategic plan, and how the two can be used in tandem to plan your school improvement.

Use both to plan your school improvement 

Your school’s strategic plan and its school development plan (SDP) – sometimes referred to as a school improvement plan (SIP) – go hand-in-hand in helping you plan and support whole-school improvement. But there are key differences between the two:

  • Your strategic plan will be driven by your school's mission and span a longer period of time (usually 5 years)
  • Your SDP will help you narrow down your focus for shorter timeframes (1-3 years)

Your governors will be involved in both plans to an extent, but it's up to you to implement them

As a headteacher, you'll be responsible for putting the plans into action on a day-to-day basis. This is because you have that detailed view of the daily life of your school