Development Planning is simply a description to plan to manage change with the intention of improving the school.
To move from where the school is to where the school is expected to.
Development Planning is a response for a systematic and whole-school approach to planning, especially where schools are expected to be more self-managing.
The plan has to be more than a statement of intentions
It has to have:
identified appropriate priorities,
with action plans, targets, tasks,
outlined resources and financial needs,
and established staff development.
To make the plan work:
Sustain commitment during implementation
Over come problems encountered
Check success of implementation
Report on progress
Recommence the planning process.
New heads – audit, then Plan
Experienced heads – consult, delegate and empower
Use a cycle Do – Review – Learn - Apply
Leave documentation for the next head
Remember this is about Planning for SELF MANAGING SCHOOLS
Research recommends Heads to stay in any one school for 4 – 8 years
Be a Learner – from cradle to the grave