The final Key Result Area defines the governance and stewardship of the Association’s human and physical assets and the leveraging of these assets across the Organisation.
With a keen desire for continuous improvement, a number of governance initiatives have been undertaken in 2015. Historically, SCEA’s satisfaction surveys have been internally conducted amongst a sample of parents and staff only, with the output being a comparison of our schools against each other. In a desire to understand our schools’ performance against industry benchmarks, an external specialist agency was employed to undertake a full 360 degree survey amongst parents, staff and students. The output from this will form the backbone of individual school improvement plans as well as a system-wide improvement plan in 2016.
The Strategic Planning process included the consultation with Members, which provided an opportunity for a general review. We were happy to see Members in general agreement with the current Strategic Plan. Furthermore, the Board undertook an appraisal in consultation with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), which in addition to confirming the Board’s strengths, brought to light some areas for improvement. This has led to the commitment to undertake a thorough review of risk throughout the Association.
The future is heavily dependent upon technology. To ensure our students are digitally enabled, technology is built in to everything we do.
Karen Stewart, Director of ICT
ICT resources in 2015 were predominantly directed towards support, foundational work and the modernisation of existing facilities. We have recognized the changing information, communication & technological landscape and have made a significant progress in facilitating an increase in cloud enabled services.
SCEA performed a specific benchmarking comparison in the industry against other leaders in the independent education sector to review its financial performance and sustainability. This benchmarking has found that SCEA's overall results are in line with best practices. Areas for improvement have been identified and additional focus on these areas has been placed to ensure improvement in the future.