Development plans

Successful change needs to be carefully managed. As practitioners work together to achieve the developments they have identified, they will become more confident with the reflective cycle of self-evaluation, development planning and implementation. The developments should build on the strengths of the setting and improve areas of weakness.

Not all developments require a plan to be implemented. Many developments can be put into practice without needing major changes or additional resources and can be readily agreed by all. Developments plans are needed when major changes require careful management, time or additional resources. They are the key areas identified for development.

Development plans:

  • are a description of what you intend to do to improve your current practice and provision
  • link directly to Ofsted recommendations
  • focus on the key developments
  • identify the way you plan to address the key developments
  • are concise and show clearly what you intend to do, who is responsible, how  you will monitor progress and the impact it has on improving outcomes for children
  • need to be realistic and manageable and easily achieved with the staffing and resources available
  • should be used as working documents, annotated, adjusted and developed
  • are not an end in themselves, but a means to improving quality, regularly discussed and reviewed
  • need to be kept in an accessible or visible place.

Development plans are not in addition to Ofsted or Local Development Team (LDT) action plans. Both support the cycle of evaluation and development. Once the Ofsted and LDT action plan targets are met, development plans should be put in place as the continuous improvement cycle is on-going.

Observation, assessment and planning guidance material