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School decision-making tool action areas

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The supporting successful transition: School decision-making tool (PDF, 1.2MB) is a framework for reflection and action. It is designed to assist schools in strengthening their approach to transition and their selection of transition-to-school strategies.

The principles and action areas identified in the tool complement the areas for action identified in the Advancing education: an action plan for education in Queensland.

Descriptions of the practices and strategies that support successful transitions are included through elaboration of the principles, action areas and reflection matrix.​

Principles

  • knowing children and families
  • showing leadership
  • trusting partnerships
  • from evidence to action.

Action areas

  • respect for diversity
  • effective use of data
  • responive environments
  • effective pedagogy and practice
  • reciprocal relationships.

Outcomes

  • collaborative decisions
  • continuity of teaching and learning
  • successful learners.
 

Using the action areas – planning for transition

There are 5 areas for action, as outlined in the Supporting successful transitions: School decision-making tool, which can assist in organising transition strategies, and guide reflection and identification of school-specific transition strategies. The 5 action areas are:

Effective pedagogy and practice

Effective use of data

Reciprocal relationships

Respect for diversity

Responsive environments

Each action area has a series of reflective questions. Descriptors explaining the intent and scope of the action areas are provided to support decision-making. 

There is no order of priority to the action areas. Schools may choose to focus on one action area to refine their practice in response to an identified need.

Alternatively, schools may decide to use a suite of strategies that relate to several action areas. Schools prioritise the actions that will deliver the most effective transition outcomes and the best return on investment for their community.​

More information

Action area research  
A range of research relating to each action area, as outlined in the Supporting successful transitions: School decision-making tool.​

Transition to school resources  ​
Access resources, activities, newsletters, posters, and brochures designed to support successful transitions to school.

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Last updated 16 April 2019