Writing an effective SIP: planning guide

Be confident that your school improvement plan (SIP) is set up for success. Use our tools to narrow down competing priorities, develop achievable actions and create SMART targets, so you don't risk overburdening your staff and can keep on track with your long-term goals.

Last reviewed on 15 April 2021
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  1. Use our discussion guide to help you collaborate and write your plan
  2. Use our checklist to make sure your plan is robust

Use our discussion guide to help you collaborate and write your plan

If you collaborate with other leaders in your school to write your school improvement/development plan, use our discussion guide to help you develop your objectives, actions and success criteria. 

Our guide will help you: 

  • Prioritise which areas for improvement you'll focus on 
  • Keep your school improvement focused on your long-term strategy
  • Develop realistic and achievable actions that won't overburden your staff 
  • Create SMART targets 

To help you navigate through each part of the plan, you'll find: 

  • Questions – to help you cover everything you need to, to get to effective objectives, actions and success criteria
  • Facilitator notes – these provide some more context to the kind of responses you’re looking for from each question
  • Discussion prompts – to give you an idea of the kind of things you may want to consider in response to each question

Our guide is based on best practice advice