School and system improvement

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School improvement, Leadership, School culture, Teaching effectiveness, Curriculum, School resources, School community relationship


The National School Improvement Tool was developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) for the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations based on a series of national consultations conducted during 2012. This tool incorporates material developed by Professor Geoff Masters for the Australian Council for Educational Research in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment.

This Tool has since been revised as the School Improvement Tool.
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Research is revealing the powerful impact that school leadership teams can have in improving the quality of teaching and learning. Effective leaders create cultures of high expectations, provide clarity about what teachers are to teach and students are to learn, establish strong professional learning communities and lead ongoing efforts to improve teaching practices. The National School Improvement Tool brings together findings from international research into the practices of highly effective schools and school leaders. The Tool assists schools to review and reflect on their efforts to improve the quality of classroom teaching and learning. It supports school-wide conversations – including with parents and families, school governing bodies, local communities and students themselves – about aspects of current practice, areas for improvement and evidence that progress is being made.

Place of Publication

Melbourne, Australia


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)


9781742861999 (9781742861982 [print ed])