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1 Greenwood College Business Plan

2 Greenwood College Business Plan Our Business Plan is a reflection of the College s priorities and change initiatives that endeavour to ensure that every student at Greenwood College learns skills that will equip them for lifelong learning. The plan incorporates the Department of Education and Training s Directions for Schools and the Director General's Classroom First Strategy with our focus on success for all students. This plan places an emphasis on quality teaching and learning and the continued development of the already established positive and supportive pastoral care focus. It is directed towards enhancing a student's interest, attitude and ability to appropriately use digital technology and communication tools; to access, manage and evaluate information and to communicate with others effectively in society. This plan endeavours to meet the academic, social and cultural needs of the diverse range of students at the College through significant strategic planning. The Business Plan was created in collaboration with the Greenwood College Board and the staff at Greenwood College and forms part of a suite of documents that include: Focus Area and Learning Area Operational Plans Workforce Plan Financial Plan and The Delivery Performance Agreement A more detailed description of all College policies listed in this document can be found on the College website. 1 Plan for public schools and accountabilty document. Plan for government schools (Classroom First Strategy, Focus 2015/2016/2017: directions for schools. College Vision Greenwood College strives to develop an adaptable, innovative and resilient community of learners which has respect for individual and cultural diversity and aims to achieve its greatest potential while embracing a desire for lifelong learning. Long term goals as determined by the College Board are: To promote and enhance the reputation of Greenwood College within the local community Greenwood College be a vibrant community hub College Ethos LEARN GROW CHANGE Extend and develop within and beyond school Socially, emotionally and intellectually Education for change in life and develop resiliency 5 Annual Focus Areas Learning area and specific improvement project plans - developed by staff 4 Operational planning, Framework - School improvement planning document (Business Plan); Annual adjustments 2 Audit and Review documents: Principal's Annual Audits, school based 3 Review data presented to College Board Semesters 1 and 2

3 Our Principles of Teaching and Learning Co-operate Achieve Respect Engage Between our students, their families and the broader community. The development of team-work skills is recognised as essential for success beyond school. Student success is valued and celebrated and cultural awareness is promoted. Members of the college community display respect for themselves and others. The College provides a stimulating learning environment in which students actively engage in authentic, challenging tasks that place an emphasis on the development of higher order thinking skills.

4 QUALITY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT In a Greenwood College context this means: Student achievement is central to all our endeavours, we embrace a student-centred learning community Our strong improvement agenda is underpinned by clear targets for improvement in student achievement (evidence based decision making) Our emphasis is on progress We provide appropriate pathways to allow success for all (quality educational pathways for all students. Target Achievement at or above like schools in all five NAPLAN test areas (with/without LBOTE Language Background Other Than English). Decrease the % of students below the national minimum standard in all five NAPLAN test areas (with/without LBOTE). Establish positive improvement trends in the progress made by students between NAPLAN 7 to NAPLAN 9 in all 5 tests. Maintain/increase achievement standards for students within practical context of the curriculum. Increase in the % of Year 10/11/12 students in Category 3 in all compulsory OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment) test areas. Graduation Rate 97% (2015 only). The measure not applicable 2016/2017. Maintain the percentage of ATAR students with one or more scaled scores of 75% and above to 15%. Increase the Attainment Category (ATAR >= 55 and/or Certificate II Academic pathways set for lower school placement. Strategies (What we will do) Learning areas review performance against state and like schools and national benchmarks. Early identification and tracking of students with learning difficulties. The Response to Intervention (RTI) team will implement targeted improvement strategies to assist identified students experiencing learning difficulties who under achieve academically for a wide range of reasons. Establish baseline data (SAIS Student Achievement Information System and Reading Plus) for all incoming Year 7 enrolments Monitor the progress of individual students and cohorts and adjust teaching practices in curriculum delivery in response to individual progress. In learning areas provision of effective remedial and enrichment strategies to support students with learning difficulties through tailored support programs and resources. Monitoring and review of IEPs (Individual Education Plans) by Curriculum Manager, Year Co-ordinator, staff and parents. Learning area plans reflect how students will transpose theoretical concepts into practical contexts. Focus on monitoring and improving student achievement in practical areas. Strengthen existing processes and support frameworks to enable stringent monitoring of ATAR (university focus) student progress Provision of comprehensive and relevant vocational, educational and training programs in Years 11 and 12. Set high expectations in rigorous subject/course counseling processes from Year 10 to Year 11. Ongoing review and course development for identified SAER (Students at Educational Risk) students in Years 11/12. Strengthen existing processes (monitoring and tracking) and support frameworks (revision workshops) in monitoring assessments.

5 or higher) above 90 % (2015 only, not applicable 2016/2017). A minimum of 90% of Year 12 applicants seeking entrance to university are successful. Standardised exam score equal to or greater than 5 year average in ATAR courses. Developing an effective support framework to maximise the opportunity for English as an Additional Language (EAL) students to achieve their maximum academic potential. Aim for greater than 55% of IEC graduates receiving Level 4 in Writing in Progress Map Levels. Designated coordinator to track academic progress of Intensive English Centre graduates in mainstream. Continuation of literacy tracking from lower to upper school for EAL students. Specialized courses for EAL (English as an Additional Language) lower school students in English. Modify teaching and learning programs for EAL students. Students placed into streamed IEC classes according to English competency maintained for six months. Teachers to implement new edition of progress maps for IEC students to inform planning and assessment.

6 QUALITY TEACHING ENVIRONMENT In a Greenwood College context this means : Quality teaching is recognised as the most significant factor affecting student outcomes Opportunities for the analysis of and reflection on, student outcome data are prioritised Identifying and responding to the needs of individual learners A commitment to aligning teaching strategies to best practice Target Quality teaching practices informed by the use of student achievement data. Strategies (What we will do) Tracking individual student achievement and progress data (individual to school wide). Teachers will adjust teaching programs in response to needs identified in school/system assessment data. Prioritise a collective and collaborative approach to effective teaching. Foster a culture of continuous professional growth All teaching staff, as members of Professional Learning Communities, contribute to shared approaches (CARE Cooperate, Achieve, Respect, Engage) to effective teaching and learning practices. Create an environment that supports the development of teachers as leaders in instructional excellence. Recognise that collegial feedback is a valuable opportunity for teachers to reflect on and improve their classroom practises (through the establishment of robust peer observation processes). Promote a community of engaged learners. Develop an agreed set of expectations and standards in relation to the work habits, participation and engagement elements of the reporting attribute data. Retaining an emphasis on engagement as part of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) based professional learning. Professional learning for staff on the use of strategies to differentiate learning in the classroom. Students are encouraged to become confident, creative and productive users of information and communication technologies. Staff will integrate information and communication technologies to offer flexible learning opportunities and to improve the efficiency of their teaching and learning process. Up skilling of staff in ICT (Information Communications Technology) general capability. Development of links between implementation of ICT in learning areas and the ICT general capability in the Australian Curriculum. Learning area representation on the ICT Committee. Moodle professional learning and ongoing support available to all staff.

7 SAFE AND CARING COMMUNITY In a Greenwood College context this means : College works to maintain a learning environment that is safe, respectful, tolerant and inclusive We strongly promote positive, supportive and caring relationships between staff, students and parents Parents and families are recognised as part of the College community and partners in their children s education Target Social and emotional well-being of staff and students within a perceptive and considerate college culture. Providing opportunities for students with diverse interests and skills to participate in intra and extra curricula experiences. Maintain 80% of students not receiving a negative behaviour report until Increase Certificates of Commendation and Students of the Term (SOTT) by 15%. Reduce the number of students with multiple suspensions. Maintain overall attendance average of over 90%. Maintain an average attendance rate of 90% or more for each of the six year groups. Maintain or increase the percentage of students that attend school at or above 90% (regular) of the time. Increased connections to the broader community. Support mechanisms to promote effective key transitions Strategies (What we will do) Foster and maintain a high standard of pastoral care mechanisms across the college Continued resourcing of key personnel to support health and well-being of students and staff Continue to access external support where appropriate Maintain and strengthen intra and extra-curricular programs, eg, excursions, camps, competitions. Maintain a culture of positive behaviours within the school through acknowledging and celebrating expected behavior from the school population including three SOTT activities per year. Students case managed, monitored, placed on Individual Behaviour Plans (IBP) and other relevant options identified and implemented. Positive reinforcement. Recognize, maintain and celebrate students with 100% attendance; per term, per semester, full year. Acknowledged via newsletter articles year assemblies, whole school assemblies. Year Co-ordinators to organise reward activities on multiple occasions per term. Maintain culture of an attendance competition between year groups. Improved communication with the community (via the school s website, newsletters, PR, marketing). Strengthen our links to our sister school in China. Establishing Greenwood College as a vibrant community hub through promotion and enhancement of the College s reputation in the local community. Pursuing strong collaborative ties with parents and members of the broader community. Provision of curriculum based transition programs to all incoming enrolments. Organisational support, provided through the college s back to basics initiative. Utilisation of peer support networks (7 Mates). Continuity of pastoral care for IEC (Intensive English Centre) graduates. Team approach to ensure the emotional well -being of senior students.

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