SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TOOLS
How to Avoid Re-Inventing the Wheel
Strategic Annual Management Calendar
Planning the annual strategic management calendar in EXCEL is an essential element of good leadership of the school. To access the strategic calendar template in EXCEL click the following link. Once downloaded you can save a copy of the file for your own use.
The Stakeholder Questionnaire
Pupils’ Personal Development
Since July 2019, we have been working with leaders at New River College to develop innovative approaches to assessing, supporting and evaluating pupils’ personal development. This has resulted in the development of a suite of tools to support and accelerate pupils’ personal development.
The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020, with its obvious impact on young people and their well-being, has placed even greater emphasis on this work. To hear more about the project you are invited to watch the video below.
The Personal Development Guide and Resources
The strategies developed to date and the personal development tools (PDT’s) created are described in the PDT Guide, which is constantly updated to reflect our experience of implementing the tools over time. The Appendices in the guide contain photocopiable templates for use with the PDT tools.
The Diagnostic Window template is provided as a WORD file so that it can be completed electronically.
Evaluation of Managing Resources Training
We are always keen to improve our training and support. It would therefore be helpful if you could complete the training and evaluation form at the end of the ‘Managing Resources’ session.
Budget Plannng Tool
A copy of our budget planning and monitoring spreadsheet can be found here. The spreadsheet provides a comprehensive strategic financial planning and monitoring tool. Its simple and easy to access structure ensures that is can be used both in school discussions with senior leaders and in discussions with the governing body. Outcomes from discussions can be recorded directly into the tool to provide a concise but complete record of financial monitoring activity.
The spreadsheet is laid out using the standard Common Financial Reporting (CFR) codes and the embedded formulas and colour-coding enables leaders to see at a glance where budget headings have been over or under spent.