School Planning Council Info

The School Planning Council for Prince of Wales has been closed this year.

What is a School Planning Council?

School planning councils represent an important partnership among educators, parents, and students in BC’s public education system.

School planning councils (SPCs) have existed in some provinces for many years. They were introduced into BC in 2002 by a change to the School Act. While SPCs across Canada take various forms and function in various ways, their common purpose is to create a system for collaboration in school planning.

The Role of School Planning Councils

Under the School Act, the SPC in each school has one role—

to prepare a school plan for improving student achievement in the school and for other matters contained in the school board’s accountability contract relating to the school.

The SPC must submit its school plan to the school board by a date set by the board. The board must approve a school plan for every school in the district. [School Act, s. 8.3(1) and (2)]

Before approving the school plan, the board may consult with the SPC about modifying the plan. It may even require the SPC to modify the plan. If

  •  the SPC does not submit a school plan
  •  the SPC does not comply with a direction to modify the

    plan, or

  •  the board rejects the plan

    then the board can direct the principal to prepare and submit a school plan without the SPC. [School Act, s. 8.3(4), (5), and (6)]

    In order to prepare a school plan each year, the SPC must monitor and review the implementation and results of the current school plan.2 See Implementing the School Plan on page 21 of this Tab 5.

    What Kind of Advice Can the SPC Give?

    The SPC may advise the school board, and the board must consult with the SPC, on certain matters:

    •  the allocation of staff and resources in the school
    •  matters contained in the board’s accountability contract

      relating to the school

    •  educational services and programs in the school. [School

      Act, s. 8.2]
      The SPC may not discuss or give advice regarding

      personal or confidential information on students, teachers, other employees, parents, or community members