Action plans are an essential part of being an effective subject leader. An action plan provides direction for the subject, ensures it is well-managed and organised, and that the needs of staff and learners are met.
Subject leaders are responsible for securing high standards of teaching and learning in their subject. They play a key role in being an advocate for their subject through supporting and motivating staff members.
An action plan should:
- Be integral to the School Improvement Plan
- Be clearly focused on raising attainment and achievement
- Incorporate evaluation and monitoring to inform future planning
- Identify areas of development with clear and specific success criteria,
- Include time and resources needed to implement the plan successfully
- Be a collaborative working document
- Lead to improvement in the quality of teaching and learning
- Lead to changes and adaptations in curriculum design
- Demonstrate how the subject contributes to school priorities
- Be regularly updated and reviewed
- Consider staff training needs and subject specific pedagogical approaches
- Have SMART targets – see below
- What do you need to achieve? Are you clear on the outcomes?
- Have you provided enough detail that ensures clarity and common understanding of what is to be achieved?
- What is the expected result?
- Could this be measured and decided without argument that the result has been achieved?
- How will you know the objective has been achieved?
- What indicators will you look for to measure progress and success?
- What data is available? Do new measures need to be identified?
- Think about quantity and quality measures.
- How does this objective fit with the school’s strategic priorities?
- Does the achievement of this objective contribute to the school’s overall objectives?
- In what way is this objective significant?
- What would be the impact to the subject and school if the objective were not achieved?
- Are the objectives appropriate for your role and responsibilities?
- Are the objective appropriate for the school priorities?
- Can you achieve the objective with the resources available? If not, how can this be addressed?
- What help will you require as a subject leader?
- Do you have the relevant skills and knowledge to complete the objective?
- Are there clear time frames attached to the objective?
- Have you set milestone dates?
- Are there any other objectives which will depend upon this one?
- What could impact / compromise the deadline?
- Is the deadline realistic?
Did you know that Schoolaspect is a centralised online solution which allows subject action planning to be clearly linked to the school improvement plan?
This blog was written by Bretta Townend-Jowitt, Education Consultant and Trainer.
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