Two key documents emphasise the significance of effective planning for improvement: the Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection handbook; and the Initial teacher training criteria.
In undertaking annual improvement planning, ITT providers should take full account of 3 levels of planning:
- strategic planning which tackles developments over the longer term, ie 3 to 5 years
- annual improvement planning which deals with development priorities arising from self-evaluation
- action planning for any actions in the annual improvement plan that need to be broken down into an additional detailed sequence of activities
This document looks at each of these, and the ways in which they are implemented and can be improved.