In June 2016 (when this article was first written) several school leaders, experienced and new, commented to let us know how useful they'd found this article in preparing for the year ahead. In light of this, I decided this week to update it.
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Mary Arnold is an experienced school improvement adviser who works in primary and secondary schools across the North West.
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This article focuses on how to write effective school improvement plans, which will have maximum impact on pupil outcomes. Robust school self-evaluation should underpin the school improvement planning cycle as it should give greater focus to gathering and analysing a range of evidence and making accurate judgements.
We know that school self-evaluation is a powerful tool in driving improvement in schools and when it is done well it underpins school improvement. In outstanding schools, leaders and governors have a deep, accurate understanding of the school’s effectiveness informed by the views of pupils, parents and staff.