The school review will, almost inevitably, result in a fairly long list of items for attention. Some items will be more urgent, or more important, than others. SDP provides a mechanism by which schools can prioritise the list, ensuring that crucial issues receive immediate attention, and the less important items go to the bottom of the list, to be dealt with when, and if time allows. Priorities may relate to the school's own identified needs. Priorities may also arise from national programmes and initiatives. Schools can use the prioritised list as the basis for designing long and short-term plans.