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SWOT analysis

Situation being analysed: What are our schools – European Schools?

This SWOT example is for a new educational opportunity. Many criteria can apply to more than one quadrant. Identify criteria appropriate to your own SWOT situation

Strengths need to be maintained, built upon or leveraged.

 1.    Willingness of staff to change, staff motivation is high, Eagerness to learn more and try new things
2.    Experienced staff team
3.    Good staff relationships
4.    perception of quality of educational services
5.    very good acquaintance of the children's needs and the parents, Adults' ability to adapt practice to meet specific needs
6.    customer loyalty; strong relationships with parents, willingness of parents to help (support)
7.    focus on the learning needs of each child
8.    'Every Child Matters' - Be safe, Be healthy, Achieve + Enjoy, Making a positive contribution, Preparing for future life
9.    Initiative
10.    Flexibility
11.    Class size bigger than average
12.    Nursery Outdoor play area
13.    Links with Infant staff (in Poland – witch primary school)
14.    Links with other professionals
15.    Inclusiveness
16.    successful the eTwinning partnerships

Weaknesses need to be remedied, changed or stopped.

1.    the weak acquaintance of European languages and the culture
2.    too much of children in classes (25 children)
3.    absence of important skills
4.    imperfection of mutual understanding
5.    too much emphasis on assessments for external agencies
6.    trying to prepare children for next stage of education at too younger age
7.    Lack of confidence
8.    Conflicting, unclear or no advice from central and local government
9.    Lack of time together out with contact time
10.    Insufficient time with new pupils
11.    Tighter progress recording needed
12.    staff unhappy with adult child ratio
13.    CPD opportunities limited ( continuing professional development)
14.    links with infant staff trick due to timetabling issues
15.    parental partnerships and community could be stronger
16.    Staff qualifications net reflected financially
17.    lack of guidance for new curriculum
18.    small and old building (in Poland -without gymnastic hall)

Opportunities need to be prioritized, captured, built on and optimized.

1.    support of local government
2.    good opinion about school of local community
3.    promotion of school
4.    customer loyalty/relationships
5.    cultural exchange  / teachers mobility and cooperation
6.    exchange of experience
7.    realization of international projects
8.    similar educational programmes
9.    to learn skills through play – co-operation, winning/losing, listening, leadership, self-esteem
10.    Numbers of children may increase which means more staff and space.
11.    New curriculum may lead to more co-operation between nursery and school (primary school in Poland)
12.    New curriculum also means more fluid transition between classes
13.    good equipment

Threats need to be countered or minimized and managed.


1.    the way schools are inspected
2.    too much emphasis at an early age on reading, writing and maths
3.    Low budget for change
4.    lack of budget for change
5.    Limited funds
6.    Paperwork and recordkeeping
7.    Changes that have not been fully explored
8.    Constant changing of report forms
9.    various teachers intentions (preferences, values, etc.) or teachers' different needs