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Our strategic directions

Our purpose is clear: a system of public schools in which every school is a good school, every teacher is effective and every student is successful.

Our Classroom First philosophy puts students at the centre of everything we do. We know that what happens in a classroom has the greatest in-school influence on student learning and achievement.

Putting this philosophy into practice and into practical support is a series of strategic and action-oriented plans guiding our priorities for student learning and school improvement; our introduction of new programs and initiatives; and our commitment to support and service schools to ensure success.

By focusing on the priorities and aspirations in these plans, we will make a real difference to our students and to the communities we serve across Western Australia.

A graphic representation of our reform agenda – stemming from the commitment in Classroom First to place student success at the centre of all our endeavours.

High Performance - High Care: Strategic Plan for WA Public Schools 2016–2019

The plan builds on Classroom First and prioritises our work over the next four years that we believe will make a real difference to the lives of students.

The four priority areas are:

  • success for all students
  • high quality teaching
  • effective leadership
  • strong governance and support.
Focus 2018: Directions for schools 

Focus 2018 sets out the priorities for schools and maintains the momentum and progress we have already made in the four priorities in our strategic plan, High Performance – High Care: success for all students; high quality teaching; effective leadership; strong governance and support.

Western Australian Public School Leadership Strategy 2018-2021

This strategy sets out the rationale, guiding principles, scope and major initiatives over the next four years. The strategy introduces new elements to the programs and processes already in place and profiles the culture-building role of school leaders.

Focus 2017: Directions for schools

Focus 2017 sets out the priorities for schools including success for all students.

Director General’s Classroom First Strategy

This strategy reflects our beliefs in and commitment to high quality public education. It provides a framework for the decisions we make so schools will earn the respect of the community for the quality of education they provide.

Classroom First in action: Director General statements

Classroom First is supported by a range of statements outlining the Director General’s position in relation to key education priorities and reforms.

Mission, goals and values

Our mission: For every child to be provided with a high quality public school education – whatever their ability, wherever they live, whatever their background.

Our goals: As a public school system we aim to achieve the twin goals of excellence and equity. We provide opportunities that extend and challenge every child to achieve the highest possible standards and their personal best; and we provide high quality education in communities across Western Australia.

Our values: We are guided by four core values in everything we do. In stating these values, we acknowledge that words alone are not sufficient: it is actions based on these values that are important.

Learning: We have a positive approach to learning and encourage it in others; we advance student learning based on our belief that all students have the capacity to learn.

Excellence: We have high expectations of our students and ourselves. We set standards of excellence and strive to achieve them. The standards and expectations challenge all of us to give of our best.

Equity: We recognise the differing circumstances and needs of our students and are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for all. We strive to create workplaces and learning environments that are free of discrimination, abuse or exploitation.

Care: We treat all individuals with care. Our relationships are based on trust, mutual respect and the acceptance of responsibility. We recognise the value of working in partnership with parents/carers and the wider community in providing a quality education for our students.