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Pupil learning needs are at the centre of all planning, and the focus of the school plan should be the teaching and learning that takes place in the school. The following is a suggested model of the layout and contents of a school plan. It is not prescriptive - schools may have their own format which is successful and should be retained.
Section 1 - General school details:
This section will include general details/information on the school:
Section 2 - Vision/Mission statement:
Vision and Mission Statements influence all policies and plans. The school vision/mission statement reflects the characteristic spirit of the school, and will address:
1. Inclusivity and Equality. The inclusive school meets the 9 grounds as listed in the Equal Status Act 2000. Discrimination, as stated in the Act, is prohibited on the following grounds:
2. The holistic development of the child
3. School climate, atmosphere...
Section 3 - Curriculum Plans/Programmes:
When planning for the implementation of the Primary Curriculum, schools need to record their decisions as part of their School Plan. A curriculum plan is based on the policy for that subject as stated in the Primary Curriculum. A school's own plan might set out the whole school approach to the teaching and learning of a particular subject, and the management and organisation of that subject, under the following headings...
- strands and strand unit
- approaches and methodologies
- children with different needs
- linkage and integration
- assessment and record keeping
- equality of participation and access
- health and safety
- individual teachers' planning and reporting
- staff development
- parental involvement
- community links
- success criteria
Section 4 - Organisational Policies:
Much of what happens in today's schools is governed by legislation and guidelines. Having reached decisions about the implementation of these guidelines, schools need to set out their practice as part of their School Plan. The organisational section of the plan might be sequenced as follows...
Support is available in many of these areas from PPDS and INTO websites. PPDS and INTO have worked together to draw up guidelines in a number of policy areas. It is important to remember that certain policies overlap and that by completing a policy on assessment a school will also be addressing other areas - learning support, special needs, SNAs, enrolment etc.
Section 5 - Procedures and Practices:
In some areas a short statement of practice may be sufficient. Areas addressed in this section might include:
Section 6 - Development Section:
It is important to maintain records of on going work - development plan, planning diary, action plans, pilot projects. The development section is a valuable record of work underway and should be maintained as such and used as evidence of work in progress.