Strategic Reports & Plans

As part of the Improvement Cycle, Victorian government schools undertake a review, every four years to provide an independent analysis of the school's performance against the goals and targets in their school strategic plan and to create a self-sustaining cycle to improve student outcomes in the future. 2018 was the year of our School Review. The review process was rigorous and helped to identify the right areas of focus for the next strategic period. In Term 4, as a result of the outcome of the Review process, time was spent with staff to unpack the Vision, Mission and Objectives statement and to identify priority areas for the 2019 Annual Implementation Plan.

Through this rigorous process we were able to identify the Dimensions in the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) that are strengths and areas of focus.

Strengths identified include:
* Strategic resource management is aligned with our Annual Implementation Plan and teacher Professional Development Plans.
* The Essendon Primary School Vision, Mission and Values statements have been identified and the school is beginning to embed them in our daily practice.
* Essendon Primary School has a strong culture of collaboration, building trust and a collective belief and commitment that all students achieve 12 months growth in 12 months.
* Pedagogy coaches provide whole school evidence based professional learning and work closely with PLT supporting teachers.
* Leadership provides ongoing opportunities for staff professional development and promoting potential leaders. Leadership supports the PLC Inquiry Cycle of improvement by allocating time and resources.
* The Assistant Principal and staff work closely to implement strategies in addressing barriers that impact student engagement. Crisis plans are created and are implemented to support those ‘at risk’. The Assistant Principal and staff are highly supportive of student well-being.
* The Positive Behaviour Support program has a dedicated Professional Learning Teams. The Essendon Primary School Behaviour Matrix has been reviewed and reflects the Essendon Primary School learning environment. All teachers contribute to maintaining a safe, respectful and inclusive learning environment.
* Essendon Primary School is seen as a community resource being a base for programs such as Kelly Sports, netball teams, Out of School Hours Care. We have established links and partnerships with many community members and groups.

Considerations for 2019 include:
1. Student Voice and Agency
Build Student Voice & Agency into all teaching and learning programs. Regularly engage in and respond to student feedback about learning and school improvement.
Develop an inclusive Student Voice Team (Student Leadership Team)) that contributes to whole school improvement planning.
2. Inquiry model
Develop a whole school Curriculum Plan. Pedagogy Model & Inquiry include Intercultural Social and Emotional Health, Sustainability, Diversity. Students actively involved in living sustainably and exploring how Indigenous people in Australia and the World live sustainably. Initiate, establish and sustain local, national and international partnerships.
3. Excellence in Teaching/Learning/Pedagogy
Develop collective accountability and responsibility for all student achievement.
Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) Professional Learning Model - greater focus on moderation and cross marking. Data analysis to ensure a clear relationship between curriculum standard, learning goals, activities and assessment to quantify learning progress and identify next steps. Reflective practice. Challenging and supportive conversations that stretch their learning and build professional resilience and confidence. Planning, develop a comprehensive Curriculum Plan, revise planning documents to include High Yield & High Impact Teaching Strategies. Coaches and leaders to continue to provide evidenced-based Professional Learning to develop pedagogy knowledge, metacognition and capabilities. Learning evident in Learning Walks and planning documents. Timely feedback provided to teachers. Peer observations - focus on use of formative assessment. Develop collective accountability and responsibility for all student achievement. Whole School Professional Learning Plan on the Victorian Curriculum Capabilities, particularly Creative, Critical Thinking
4. Building Community Engagement in Learning
Continually promoter our Vision, Mission, Values and Culture. Leadership to monitor teaching and learning. Build a sense of school pride and connectedness. Continue to build school COPs. Seek feedback from parents and students around school improvement.

We are currently in the process of implementing our first Annual Implementation Plan of the new 2018-2022 School Strategic Plan.

2018 - 2022 School Strategic Plan

2018 Annual Implementation Plan

2018 Annual Report

2019 Annual Implementation Plan