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Self-Improving Schools

Trinity Lutheran College

A program for improving school performance

About Self-Improving Schools Self-Improving Schools is a flagship Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) program that supports schools to develop and implement evidence-based strategies for improvement. More than half of Queensland independent schools have participated in the program to improve school performance, teacher practice and student outcomes. Schools receive tailored, one-on-one support to conduct rigorous self-assessments, identify priorities for change and implement clear action plans for improvement. The program is complimentary for ISQ member schools.

The Self-Improving Schools Matrix Schools use the Self-Improving Schools Matrix to select their strategic focus for improvement. ISQ developed the Matrix specifically for Queensland independent schools. It is based on three domains identified in research as consistently applying to “great� schools: yy Leadership and Management yy Teaching and Learning yy Community

How will schools benefit? Our program empowers independent schools to confidently shape their future. We provide the tools and support for schools to develop sustainable processes to plan, implement and evaluate improvement strategies that are relevant to their context and unique characteristics. Because schools direct each stage of the process themselves, they have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of school improvement and build their capacity to drive continuous change to make a difference to students. Schools can participate to: yy Improve student outcomes yy Manage change collaboratively and effectively yy Inform strategic planning yy Conduct internal audits to identify where the school is at on its improvement journey yy Contribute to the Queensland Government Cyclical Review Process

Saint Stephen’s College

How is it delivered? We support schools through a five-stage cycle of improvement that includes: yy An experienced consultant who offers on-the-ground, phone and email support yy School visits by the consultant throughout the year yy Access to processes and tools to facilitate the review process yy Assistance with selecting improvement projects yy Advice on where to access resources, support and processes for ongoing development The Self-Improving Schools cycle: Stage



Form a Committee


Assess School Performance


Collect Evidence


Develop and Implement an Action Plan


Identify Progress

Description Who will drive our improvement process and how will they do it? The principal forms a School Improvement Committee that will drive the improvement process. The Committee includes the principal and may also comprise other school leaders, teachers, board members and parents. What are our strengths and priorities for development? The Committee conducts an internal school self-review to identify strengths and priorities for development. Where are we now? Where do we want to be? The school identifies baseline data to confirm its priorities for development and to measure any improvement over time. What will we DO to improve? The Committee develops a clear action plan for improvement and implements the activities set out in the plan. Have we improved? How do we know? The Committee revisits the data to identify progress in reaching improvement targets and plan for continuing improvement.

“My recommendation would be for schools to grab the opportunity to be involved with enthusiasm and step outside of your comfort zone.” Peter Foster, Headmaster, John Paul College Self-Improving Schools

Independent Schools Queensland

What our schools think The program is enriching our staff and will result in a culture and process of ongoing growth and development of a skilled and enthusiastic team. Neil P. Schiller, Principal, Bethany Lutheran Primary School

The assistance from our ISQ consultant was amazing. How fabulous to have an expert with such experience and insight to assist us throughout the process, which was evidence-based, clearly defined and very efficiently carried out. Cae Ashton, Head of School, The Glenleighden School

It is great to have a look at what you do from within and strive for improvement. Don’t be hesitant about taking on the challenge of tackling difficult areas. The only way schools are going to improve is if they face improvement with honesty and the attitude to change for the better. Peter Foster, Headmaster, John Paul College

More information Visit the website at Michele Walliker Manager, Education Services T: 07 3228 1556 E:

Independent Schools Queensland Head Office 1st Floor, 96 Warren Street, Spring Hill Q 4000 PO Box 957, Spring Hill Q 4004 P (07) 3228 1515 F (07) 3228 1575 E W

Independent Schools Queensland Professional Learning Centre Level 5, 500 Queen Street Brisbane CBD Q 4000 PO Box 957, Spring Hill Q 4004 P (07) 3228 1507 E Š Independent Schools Queensland November 2015

Self-Improving Schools  
Self-Improving Schools  

Self-Improving Schools is a flagship Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) program that supports schools to develop and implement evidence-ba...