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Everyone's job is to make your school a better school:

  • Better for everyone, and, 
  • Better & better all the time!     


  • What is your school's purpose?

  • How does it work?

  • How well does it work (and how do you know)?

  • Do people have fun and do well (and who says)?

  • How do you manage it? 

  • How are decisions made, priorities set, problems solved...?


It is also a matter of CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT :

  • What systems do you use to improve it?

  • Who else knows?

  • How do they contribute?

  • Is it improving (and how do you know)?



If you have good comprehensive answers to these questions read no further. Go and teach others how to do the same.


And if you want better answers?

A school is a system and the best results are achieved through systematic (continuous) improvement sustained by good governance.  That is, a school should be improved in a well-considered, well-informed and thoughtful way. And improvements achieved need to be captured and sustained by the operation of the school itself.


It is not enough to work on the basis of good ideas. It is important to consider which 'good idea' will achieve the greatest improvement at the least cost (see more)

Some good ideas are too costly to be pursued: 

  • the required expertise is not readily available; 
  • it involves changes that would be too disruptive just now; 
  • we are not able to given proper attention to the proposal at this time; 
  • there are other matters at hand that are even more important;
  • the school is very unsettled and will not be susceptible to the introduction of new initiatives at this time ...


There are alternatives that will achieve a similar result at less cost (time, effort, attention, disruption...).


This site explains how a school can be systematically improved  so that the school's systems

  • work well and as expected

  • require minimal maintenance

  • serve the people involved 

  • achieve the intended outcomes

  • make life easier & better for all concerned

  • retain improvements when they are achieved


Every school is rich in opportunities for improvement. Each school has 

  • systems with  purposes, contributors,  inputs,  processes,  outputs/outcomes & beneficiaries  and
  • contributors & beneficiaries whose capabilities shaped by their knowledge, skills and culture and the school's systems


Each of these elements represents many opportunities for improvement.  The integration of these aspects represents additional opportunities for continuous sustained improvement.