Download our resources to support you with your school improvement planning, including a template school improvement plan (SIP) and a checklist to help you evaluate your SIP. You'll also find out how you can monitor its implementation.
Is there a template for a premises development plan? In this article, we include a KeyDoc template for a premises development plan. We also link to a premises improvement plan from a school, and to examples of actions for the school premises and the learning environment in whole-school plans.
Are there examples of action plans for SMSC development? In this article, we look at spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development action plans from schools. You will also find links to school improvement plans that include actions relating to SMSC development.
Is there guidance on developing an ICT strategy? We relay advice on creating an ICT strategy and link to an example of a planning sheet for a school's ICT development. We also point to examples of ICT plans from schools.
Are there examples of CPD action plans? We link to examples of continuing professional development (CPD) action plans and programmes from schools. We also include case studies from teaching schools, and link to guidance on developing and running CPD programmes.
When should children be taught correct rather than phonetic spelling? We refer to the National Curriculum for English, which has guidance on spelling and phonics. You will also find guidance from a primary school practitioner and a spelling policy from a school.
How should we judge if development is below typical in the EYFS? We include advice from two of our associate education experts on assessing whether a child's development is typical for his or her age, with reference to early years outcomes. We also include information on moderation of assessments.
Get to grips with the Development Matters statements with guidance on what they are and how they can be used. We also link to further articles on assessing progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Ofsted inspectors will consider your school's spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development when reaching a judgement. Understand the criteria they'll use and get expert guidance on presenting evidence of SMSC development.
What is the 'good level of development' (GLD) measure in the EYFS? The DfE explains that the GLD is a performance measure. We look at how it relates to expected levels in the early learning goals, and confirm that there is no minimum expected proportion of pupils in a setting achieving a GLD.
Are there examples of CPD policies? We look at examples of continuing professional development (CPD) policies from primary, secondary and special schools. There is also guidance on writing a policy, and whether it should include personal development provision.
Are there SIPs from schools rated 'requires improvement'? We link to examples of school improvement plans (SIPs) from a primary school and a secondary school that Ofsted graded 'requires improvement'. We also link to an example of an SIP from a school that moved to 'good'.
Is there information on development days for non-classroom-based support staff? This article relays advice from two of our associate education experts on development days for non-classroom-based support staff, and looks at examples of professional development for these members of staff.
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.
Are there examples of SMSC reports to governors? We link to examples of schools reporting on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) provision. We also relay advice on what sources of evidence to use to show the impact of SMSC development to governors.
How should we present behaviour and welfare information to Ofsted? There is no designated way to present this information. We relay the data Ofsted expects schools to collate for inspectors, and two of our associate education experts suggest some possible sources of evidence schools could use.
How can we support vocabulary development for children with EAL and SEN? We relay guidance from two of our associate experts on techniques and tools that can be used to support vocabulary development for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), special educational needs (SEN), or both.
How can schools address succession planning? We relay advice from our associate education experts, the National College and local authorities on this issue, and look at developing a succession plan. We also link to CPD activities for future leaders, and highlight how CPD can boost staff retention.
How does Ofsted evaluate personal development, behaviour and welfare? We outline how inspectors reach judgements on the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils and what evidence they will consider. We also link to an article with the grade descriptors for the judgement.