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Four year planning and review process


School internal review

The principal leads the school internal review in consultation with a wide range of school and community stakeholders and the principal's supervisor.

The schedule of collections is a guide to state schools' obligations in relation to data collected by the department for performance monitoring, decision making and accountability. Principals are requested to familiarise themselves with the collections identified on the schedule for planning the school year.

School external review

All state schools, including independent public schools will have a review at least every four years, with reviews tailored to the needs and context of schools. The reviews support and inform a school's internal review and improvement processes.

Schools are designated for one of three review types, dependent on performance and level of support required:

The outcomes of the Teaching and Learning review inform long term planning. Strategies and actions identified by the school in response to the review are to be embedded in the School Plan and actioned through the Annual Implementation Plan.


The principal leads the development of a draft School Plan, which outlines where the school wants to be in four years time and how it will get there. This process includes:


Following the internal and external review processes and the development of the draft School Plan, the principal's supervisor verifies that the review process has been authentic, collaborative and consultative and that the strategic directions set for the next four-year planning cycle are relevant and meaningful and will drive improved outcomes.

The principal reports on the scope of the consultation process, identifies how the review findings and recommendations are reflected in the draft School Plan, expanding on the key priorities and strategies for the next four years.

The principal's supervisor confirms the integrity of the review process, identifies the strengths of the draft school strategic plan and confirms that the direction it sets for the school meets systemic and local requirements.

For Independent Public Schools, the primary accountability for the principal in the verification of the review and planning process is with the school community.


Once the school plan has been confirmed through the verification process, the School Plan is endorsed by the P&C/School Council and the principal's supervisor.

For Independent Public Schools, the School Plan is signed by the School Council Chair.

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