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The school development plan (SDP) is the school’s strategic plan for improvement. It sets out the actions a school will take to improve learner outcomes.

By 1 September 2015 all maintained schools are required to have in place a school development plan that complies with the regulations (external link).

Following a public consultation, regulations have been introduced that relate to the preparation and maintenance of a school’s SDP and cover:

  • the matters to be addressed in a SDP
  • the period covered by the SDP
  • the requirements for reviewing and updating the SDP
  • the arrangements for publishing the SDP.

The SDP will be a rolling 3-year plan that sets out how the school will achieve its targets in relation to its priorities and how it will use the resources it has available. It will also show how the school intends to develop its staff in order to meet the school’s priorities and targets.

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