What are we doing as a school to ensure that learners are getting the best possible education? As the Principal of our school it is my role to lead learning so that our children receive the best possible opportunities. I continually ask the questions:  How are we going to guarantee that all of our learners are learning? How will we improve student outcomes? How do we make sure that every child is making progress?

Our School Improvement Plan drives our focus for improvement. This is not based on what we think we should do or the premise of let’s try a new strategy because it sounds like a good idea. We are strategic about how we plan forward and the critical determiner is what the data tells us is the priority to act on. At present we are completing our school review for 2019 to determine if we have achieved out targets. Once we have completed this evaluation we will look at many forms of data which will create wonderings about student outcomes, driving many conversations for what we will do next. We use the parent and teacher surveys, observational data, student outcomes through NAPLAN, the Australian Curriculum and so on. All data sets provide us with insight as we ‘scan and assess’. So we consider: Here’s what? So what? Now what? The Now what is the critical next step that enables us to focus what Deloraine Primary needs to do to meet the needs of our learners.

This is complex with so many variables and factors that play a part but there are three key areas to consider:

  • Engaging students in the learning
  • Developing teacher practices
  • Providing challenging content

We have clear whole school approaches across the school, use high impact teaching strategies which we continue to develop, deliver rigorous content that reflects the Australian Curriculum and we strive to engage all learners. This year we have been developing our understanding about the power of inquiry to engage our learners and have trialled this way of working in various contexts. We want our learners to have voice, agency and be self-directed. This empowers our learners to have the skills of inquiry, self-initiative and resilience to be independent problem solvers.

Whilst we will never lose sight of explicit teaching and how important this is to develop literacy and numeracy skills, we know we have a responsibility to deepen student engagement as a way of working in the future.