Planning enables schools and their communities to look ahead, formulate direction, anticipate events, prepare for contingencies, map out activities and provide an orderly sequence for achieving goals. The Sydney Boys High School plan uniquely addresses school priorities. A three-year planning cycle is used to represent the complexity of change processes. It allows the time required for change and growth in school organisation and culture required to deliver improved teaching and learning outcomes.
Sydney Boys High School Strategic Plan 2013 - 2014
Leadership and Management
Build leadership capacity at all levels by distribution. Encourage staff to take initiative, act autonomously, be acknowledged and rewarded, and accept personal accountability for their outcomes.
Set targets for HSC courses and faculty improvement tasks for leaders to drive forward the learning improvement agenda. Monitor the execution of the agreed tasks in term 3. Support leaders seeking accreditation.
Curriculum and Assessment
Increase the teacher impact on student outcomes. Use personalised learning strategies. Construct more opportunities for student choice in displaying their learning through assessment tasks and implement more formative assessment strategies with personal feedback loops. Spread the use of interactive feedback technology and Google drive for real time collaborative student work. Introduce 3-week cycle, 5 period day.
Develop further the collegial and cooperative approach to programming and assessment to tighten the gap among class means and standard deviations at the HSC. Work to lift low scores and increase high scores.
Incorporate more opportunities for students to develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and communication in a variety of modes appropriate to purpose and audience. Use PISA standards descriptors.
Respond to the implementation cycle for the National Curriculum: English, mathematics, science & history.
Engagement and Attainment
Monitor the implementation of the new courses in stages 5 and 6. Provide small support classes and tutor groups in the senior school to develop students’ academic confidence and engagement. Implement mentoring practices.
Build on the transition of Year 7 into High and Year 7 into 8 via the three Year Advisers initiative and Student Support Officer. Target pull-out programs to address specific needs. Reassess the Values Education programs.
Implement the Sports Policy 2013. Focus on enforcing: training times; Saturday attendance; training attendance. Provide good coaching. Evaluate / update the Student Monitoring and Support Policy.
Incorporate ‘Proud Schools’ initiative and ‘White Ribbon’ strategies into ‘respectful relationship’ building at High.
Literacy and Numeracy
Build on our evidence-based practices. Offer all identified students a program to strengthen their comprehension, grammar, spelling and writing for a range of specific purposes/ audiences.
Improve our analysis of NAPLAN and DEC data to ascertain strengths and areas for improvement in the Junior School. Recommend target skills, understandings or concepts for remediation, or enhancement.
Build upon our relationship with Boggabilla Central School and maintain our awareness raising programs. Implement the Partnership Agreement 2010-2020 as it applies to our context at High.
Develop staff capacity to operate the suite of school management software efficiently.
Implement the vision for technology in teaching and learning by reconfiguring the school’s network to maximise teacher access to bandwidth and software; and by providing teachers with the tools they need to do their job and allow them to use their individual and collective judgements about how and when to use them. Start BYOD plan.
Strategic Plan 2013-2014
Previous Strategic Plans
Strategic Plan 2012-2013
Strategic Plan 2009-2011
Strategic Plan 2006-2008
Any feedback about these plannning documents should be directed to the Principal either in writing or via email at