SIRF (School Implementation and Renewal Framework)

St Joseph’s SIRF 2017 – 2019 – Click on below link to open up the College SIRF plan.

St Joseph’s Catholic Collage SIRF 2017 – 2019


The SIRF is a set of ideas and tools that Catholic schools and staff use to build and sustain an improvement culture. A culture in which everyone, everyday strives to be the best they can be.

At the heart of this improvement culture are four key questions that apply to everyone in Catholic Education NT, both individually and in their team:


  1. How well do I know the community, my students and our Catholic mission? Do I deeply understand the context in which I work; am I very clear about the vision and purpose of Catholic Education in the NT? 


  1. How am I going? What is my/our current level of performance (using standards where applicable)?


  1. How do I know (how I am going)? What evidence do I have to support judgments about my performance?


  1. What will I do next? What actions will I take to build on successes, celebrate achievements and work on areas for improvement?


 Students will be successful if they have a positive relationship with their teacher(s), know what they are expected to learn and are exposed to high quality teaching.

Improvement planning should be based on quality information (evidence), e.g. to provide feedback to learners, understand the school context, report progress to stakeholders, make optimum use of resources and monitor performance.

School improvement is everyone’s business, every day.

School improvement is multi-dimensional and complex; careful planning and good communications are essential.

Acknowledging and appreciating strengths – what we do well – is a key to sustained improvement. In the loaves and fishes story (Matthew 14:13-21) Jesus’ focus is firmly on what food was available.


The (Five Year) School Strategic Plan (SSP) outlines the school’s vision, mission, goals and targets, and describes how the overall plan will be regularly evaluated.  The SSP answers the question:  What are the key strategies that we must get right for the school to thrive?

The Annual School Implementation Plan (ASIP) describes how the school will implement the goals in the SSP this year – who will lead each strategy (and who else will participate), what is the timeline, what resources will be allocated, and how progress will be monitored.

Detailed Action Plans may be required for projects / priorities that involve significant change or resourcing. The Project Management Framework is a guide to this work.

The School Annual Report highlights the school’s achievements for the year and provides a range of other information for parents and system authorities.

 External Validation verifies school improvement processes and school performance during an agreed period, usually 2-5 years.  It is an opportunity for the school to describe and provide evidence of its school improvement journey to education experts who are external to the school, including a colleague-principal.

Leadership and support

The CEO Executive, Principal Consultants and other CEO staff support principals and staff in the implementation of SIRF in all Catholic Education sites.

The Principal leads school improvement in the school, forms teams for particular aspects of school improvement and manages communications and community engagement. Teachers and other staff work together to build an improvement culture and work on identified improvement priorities.


 The School Improvement and Renewal Framework includes detailed descriptions and assessment tools in six Key Areas of schooling:

  1. Catholic Identity,
  2. Teaching and Learning,
  3. Leadership,
  4. Pastoral Care and Wellbeing,
  5. Community and Culture and
  6. Finance, Facilities and Resources.

The six Key Areas remind school leaders, teachers and stakeholders of the scope of schooling and help ensure that school self-assessment and planning affords balanced attention to all area.