How Effective is our Catholic School?

A Framework for the School Review and Improvement
in Catholic Systemic Schools in the Diocese of Wollongong

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School Review & Improvement
A Framework for School Review and Improvement in Catholic Systemic Schools in the Diocese of Wollongong

“The School Review and Improvement Framework (SRI) is a central component in the ongoing process of each school’s self- evaluation of their performance and growth. Using a commonly agreed set of criteria the SRI informs action planning at the school level to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.” Peter Turner, Director of Schools Diocese of Wollongong.

The SRI is a continuous process with System and BOS check points along each 5 year cycle to ensure validity and transparency within the implementation of the framework. All systemic schools, Primary and Secondary, engage in this process annually.

The underlying principles of SRI include: improved learning outcomes for all students, a student centred approach; a flexibility for addressing school goals annually; an evidence based self-reflection reporting methodology; rigorous consultation, collaboration and strategic planning.

Components are addressed specifically over the course of the 5 year cycle. However, all areas of school life continue each year to be of importance and none is left unattended each year. Rather, a special focus or scrutiny is given to a particular set of components to determine improvements necessary and to develop strategies, collect evidence of effectiveness and evaluate each of these particular components at their allocated time.

There are 5 processes comprising the SRI Framework:

Key Area 1: Catholic Life and Religious Education

Key Area 2: Students and Their Learning

Key Area 3: Pedagogy

Key Area 4 Human resources, Leadership and Management

Key Area 5: Resources, Finance & Facilities

Key Area 6: Parents. Partnership, Consultation and Communication

Key Area 7: Strategic Leadership and Management