SIP Ideas

The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is a working document used to set priorities and monitor progress throughout the year. This plan is underpinned by detailed plans for each curriculum area.

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The plan should be based around the four Ofsted judgement areas, as well as including details about how the school will deliver effective provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC). The plan is not a list of everything which the school will do during the year; instead, it is a list of the key objectives which school leaders need to address if the school is to remain or move towards excellent outcomes for pupils.

The plan should include:

  • Overall success criteria (which will usually relate to pupil outcomes). Success criteria, which should be quantitative not just qualitative; this is absolutely essential to the success of the plan. Taking time to really think about what will be different after the plan has been implemented, as this will lead to focused actions
  • Objectives and targets for improvement. These must be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-framed) and crucially, the majority must be focused on outcomes for pupil
  • Details of the actions which will be taken and the outcomes which will be achieved as a result of each action
  • Details of the costed actions required to achieve the target
  • Details of who is responsible for each of the action
  • A timeline for implementation with key dates and/or milestones. The milestones should be measurable, clearly identifying what will be achieved; for example at the end of the first term, then the second and so on