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The AIS School Improvement Service is an evidence-based tailored service that supports participating independent schools to identify and then build capacity across critical elements that constitute effective school improvement within their own context.

Participating schools are supported to engage in and embed rigorous school improvement processes with a focus on building teacher capacity and enhancing student academic, wellbeing and life outcomes.


Schools are complex organisations with unique contexts, differing strategic priorities and varying capacities. The AIS School Improvement Service offers participating schools the opportunity to form a professional partnership with an experienced AIS consultant, one that will be fluid and responsive to the strengths and needs of each school when reviewing, refining or developing their school improvement strategies. Leadership teams are supported over an extended period of time to implement evidence-based cycles of school improvement, flexibly incorporating the elements described in the framework of engage, implement and evaluate as they progress their school improvement priorities.


The AIS School Improvement Service approach includes:

  • Refining or developing a shared articulation of school culture
  • Implementing systems to collect, analyse and leverage data to drive decision-making
  • Enhancing capacity to lead and manage school based change
  • Designing processes to build sustainable school improvement cycles
  • Refining and building quality teaching and learning pedagogies and practices
  • Aligning professional learning to support the growth of individual and collective capacity
  • Measuring impact through utilising evidence based evaluation strategies

The AIS School Improvement Service operates under a generous co-contribution model where participating schools are able to access a wide range of support, services and resources from the AIS at no cost.

  • Regular consultancy support on site at your school
  • Access to a comprehensive range of analysis, planning and monitoring tools and resources
  • Opportunities to connect to additional AIS services where appropriate

Participating schools purposefully engage over the extended time frame of the service partnership. Typically, a school’s commitment would include resourcing:

  • Release of a dedicated leadership team to drive the partnership
  • Time and capacity to enable successful implementation
  • Relevant professional learning opportunities for school staff

AIS School Improvement Service Roadshow 2018

Authentic school improvement is an ongoing process which can at times feel daunting. Inevitably you’ll experience times where you are making huge strides forward and times when you feel somewhat overwhelmed by the task. As leaders within your unique school context, how can you:

  • bring coherence to the things you are already doing?
  • focus on the right drivers to ensure sustainability?
  • build a culture that values and develops individual and collective capacity?

Whether you are taking your first steps in leading school improvement or you’re well on your way, this one-day workshop will provide practical strategies, skills and opportunities to learn with and from colleagues from other schools and experienced AISNSW consultants.

These school improvement workshops will focus on building capacity and a culture of coherence.

You are invited to register as a school leadership team for a session in your area. This event is offered on the following dates throughout NSW:

Each session runs from 9:00am for 9:30am - 3:30pm and is aimed at principals and school leaders.

The workshops are offered at no cost to all NSW independent schools with up to four colleagues from each school invited to attend.

"For the vast majority of principals, leadership teams and classroom teachers the experience has been transformational in terms of not only the understanding about the nature of cultural change and school improvement but also in terms of the ability to lead and engage in the process of school change.”

Erebus International

“AIS consultants have been fundamental to the process, acting at different times as coach, critical friend, sounding board, expert and facilitator.”

School Principal

External Evaluation Findings

Formal evaluation of AIS school improvement initiatives identifies significant impact resulting from:

  • Data informed decision making
  • Tailored consultancy support
  • Whole school improvement processes
  • Identification and pursuit of school priorities
  • Embedded change processes

Findings from external evaluation of school improvement initiatives by Erebus International (2014 – 2016)

How data have translated into actions and impact:

Use of data for decision making

More visible instructional leadership

More students focused pedagogy

Greater consistency and coherence of teaching







Great/Moderate extent

“The evidence is also clear that a key outcome from schools’ participation in the initiative is their ongoing commitment to the use of data as a foundation for planning at the whole school and classroom levels, accompanied by renewed leadership and vision for school improvement, translated into clear goals for action.”

Erebus International

“Increasingly we are using this approach as a support for designing and building our whole school initiatives.”

School Principal

School Improvement Team
Douglas Melrose-Rae
Michael Bignill
Assistant Head
Carlo Tuttocuore
Steven Stretton
Nick Clarke
Colleen Catford
Frances Whalan
Joanne Geary
Sandra Duggan