Best Practice

School Development Plans: Reach for the stars

School improvement
Headteacher Helen Frostick discusses using yearly themes to help drive your school development and improvement plans.

How can you deliver a school development plan to the whole school community to make it an exciting and dynamic project rather than a word processed document filed away on the highest shelf?

At St Mary Magdalen’s our yearly themes are eagerly anticipated and welcomed by pupils, staff, parents and governors alike. What started out as a focus to improve just one area of school life has now developed in to a means of communicating strategic planning even to the youngest of our pupils.

Over the past few years, examples of our themes have included: the year of shiny shoes and smart attire, the year of good manners, and the year of first time personal bests.

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