School and system improvement

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


The School Improvement Tool is the second iteration of the National School Improvement Tool, initially developed by Professor Geoff Masters of the Australian Council for Educational Research in partnership with the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment and is available here.


Research shows 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 school-wide efforts to improve teaching practices. The School Improvement Tool describes the practices of highly effective schools and school leaders. The SIT assists schools to review and reflect on their strategies to improve the quality of classroom teaching and learning. It supports school-wide conversations – including with 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

Camberwell, Australia


Australian Council for Educational Research




Previous Versions

Sep 6 2023