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School and preschool improvement

Our school improvement model is about improving educational outcomes for every student, part of our ambition to transform South Australian public education into a world-class system by 2028.

We began with a focus on getting the foundations of learning right – with literacy and numeracy support, planning and performance.

Next, it’s the wider curriculum. We’ll be supporting teachers by enabling them to translate the Australian Curriculum into the South Australian classroom.

This will save teachers time and allow them to focus on what they do best, working with each student.

Parents and carers are partners in learning. Much of what contributes to educational achievement at school, happens at home.

Improvement model

The first step towards achieving this was the introduction of our new school improvement model in 2018.

This provided a clear direction in terms of planning, data provision and literacy and numeracy advice.

Through the model we gave our schools and preschools guidance to plan for improvement, focussing on the areas that are most relevant to them, and will best meet the needs of their school community.

The school improvement model focuses on:

Improvement planning

  • school improvement cycle and school improvement plans
  • stages of improvement
  • school improvement handbook 2.0
  • preschool improvement planning handbook and templates.

Literacy and numeracy advice

  • literacy and numeracy guidebooks
  • aboriginal learner achievement leaders’ resource
  • preschool literacy and numeracy guidebooks.

Curriculum resources

  • Scope and sequence documents (R to 10 for 7 learning areas)
  • Units of work (English, Maths, Science – years 5 to 9 and HASS – years 5 to 8)
  • Curriculum planning and documentation guidance.

Data provision

  • school improvement dashboard.

Our goals

We’re almost 2 years in now, and thanks to the commitment and hard work of our teams, South Australia has shown encouraging growth.

But we still have a long way to go.

Now is the time to sustain and accelerate improvement.

Between September 2020 and September 2023 we will:

  • release a series of resources to help bridge any gap between the Australian Curriculum and the classroom
  • continue to expand the range of measures used to inform improvement
  • continue to refine whole-school and preschool improvement practices to strengthen the achievement of every learner.

By working together, as we have done over the past 2 years, we will continue to improve outcomes for South Australian children and young people.


School and preschool improvement

Emaileducation.schoolimprovement [at] sa.gov.au