Download a copy of the AISSA Strategic Plan 2009-2011
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AND KEY ACTION AREAS
- 1 COMMUNICATE OUR PURPOSE
- 2 ENGAGE ALL MEMBERS AND SCHOOL INTEREST GROUPS
- 3 TAKE THE LEAD
- 4 SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS
- 5 INFLUENCE GOVERNMENTS
- 6 BUILD STRONG AND PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
- 7 HAVE THE MEANS
- KEY ACTION AREAS
1 COMMUNICATE OUR PURPOSE
We will ensure that members, governments, the media and the community are aware of the purpose and functions of the AISSA and related entities.
2 ENGAGE ALL MEMBERS AND SCHOOL INTEREST GROUPS
We will establish and maintain high levels of engagement across member schools and related interest groups and system authorities within the Independent school sector.
3 TAKE THE LEAD
We will be a leader in providing high quality services and advocacy, and support the leadership of members schools in their provision of quality education and related children's' services.
4 SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS
We will plan and deliver high quality professional services that will make a difference to member schools, their communities and children's care and education in South Australia.
5 INFLUENCE GOVERNMENTS
The AISSA will be the voice for the Independent school sector in South Australia and advocate for the views of its membership to be reflected in significant legislation and regulations.
6 BUILD STRONG AND PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
We will build a spirit of unity across the membership and establish partnerships and networks with governments and other non-government organisations for the benefit of Independent schools and the common good of the education and care of young people in South Australia.
7 HAVE THE MEANS
We will ensure the AISSA has the appropriate resources to enable it to provide relevant, exemplary and creative services to its members.
KEY ACTION AREAS
- Communicate our purpose with clarity
- Implement strategies to engage members and related school authorities and interest groups
- Provide high quality services that support and foster excellence and innovation in Independent schools
- Engage in effective representation and advocacy
- Conduct advocacy and representation roles in a professional and ethical manner
- Facilitate the participation of the Independent school sector in debates on care and education
- Enhance the profile of the the AISSA and its related entities
- protect the autonomy of member schools and related school authorities
- Commmunicate the positive contribution of the Independent sector to building the communties
- Develop strong partnerships with other organisations for the benefit of children's care and education
- Manage AISSA resources and infrastructure to meet strategic needs.
For some time now the Australian Government has been increasing its role in the funding of key initiatives, policy development and the implementation of major initiatives. The level of financial and outcomes accountability has also increased substantially.
This emerging national context includes:
- A national review of school funding
- Development of national curriculum
- Development of national teacher and principal standards
- Leadership development
- Rewarding teachers and school performance
- Alternative pathways into teaching
- Public transparency: My School website
- National legislation for and regulation of early childhood and care services
- Increase in accountability and compliance requirements
- Reform and regulation of the not-for-profit sector
- National industrial awards
- National OHS&W legislation and regulation
These emerging areas have significant implications for the governance and management of non-systemic and systemic schools and authorities. The AISSA office via senior staff have evaluated how these trends will be incorporated into the work of AISSA staff and the support services that will be provided to member schools.
The AISSA is committed to providing services that offer opportunities to member schools particularly in improving the quality and standards of education and care they provide.
New funding arrangements (National Partnerships) between the Australian Government and State governments have been established which give State governments a more prominent role in negotiations with the non-government school sectors.