ERIC Number: ED343250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Role of School Development Plans in Managing School Effectiveness. Management of Educational Resources: 5.
Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh. HM Inspectors of Schools.
This paper develops further the ideas contained in two earlier reports, Effective Secondary Schools (1988) and Effective Primary Schools (1989), and recommends a systematic approach to the management of school effectiveness through using a school development plan. The purpose of the paper is twofold: to present and explain the role of the school development plan in managing school effectiveness; and to show how performance indicators which have been developed specifically for use in education can contribute to quality assurance and self-evaluation in schools. Quality assurance encompasses all aspects of school life; it includes ensuring the continuing effectiveness of established good practices as well as the smooth and systematic introduction of new ones. The school development plan is suggested as an important enabling mechanism, by means of which today's changes, such as the 5-14 development programme, or staff development and appraisal, can be introduced in a planned and sensitive manner, while yesterday's changes are considered and improved on and tomorrow's are recognized as having their place. The first chapter describes the school development plan and discusses its advantages. Chapter 2 highlights components of the plan's objectives section, and chapter 3 presents a framework for the audit section and audit process. Guidelines for the plan's development section--an outline of priority projects--are offered in the fourth chapter. The role of the head teacher in ensuring action is described in chapter 5, with attention to interaction with staff, parents, the school board, and community. Appendices contain sample outlines of school development plans, an example of a performance indicator, guidelines for school self-evaluation, and 10 selected sources for further reading. (LMI)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh. HM Inspectors of Schools.