School Improvement

The key aspect of a school community’s improvement focus is student learning.

To maintain this focus, school teams develop processes that provide a clear understanding of their students’ needs as learners to the level of the individual student and provide meaningful learning experiences informed by an understanding of learners.

Data on student learning is made meaningful when ‘faces are put on the data’ and the learner is understood holistically. Learning environments are reflective of the Catholic life of the school, with a strong commitment to pastoral care and student wellbeing for learning.

With an understanding of what students already know and can do, teachers design learning experiences that matter for students where the content, scope and sequence of these learning experiences are informed by the Australian curriculum in New South Wales.

School improvement with student learning as the focus is greatly enhanced by ‘students at the centre’ leadership, also called pedagogical and instructional leadership. In Broken Bay, we have described this critical leadership work as Leading Learning.

Leading Learning has been supported in Broken Bay by a partnership with the University of Auckland that commenced in 2011.

School Review and Development

School Review and Development is a strategic programme initiated by the Catholic Schools Office to ensure that schools meet requirements of the NSW Education Act 1990, the Australian Education Act 2013 and additional Commonwealth government and diocesan accountabilities.  The programme supports the development of school improvement plans and practices that foster continuous improvement.

Diocesan systemic schools are reviewed by an external validation panel and engage in peer and self-evaluation on a cyclical basis.


Further information about the programme can be found on the School Review and Development website (Note: access to this site requires a password).