STRATEGIC PLANNING, 2017 – 18
Our approach to long term planning enables schools and organisations to remain fully focused on their objectives and keeping on course, while responding confidently to changing circumstances that are beyond their control.
We know how challenging strategic planning can be. Over the past 20 years we have made decisions in some difficult circumstances as school leaders and advisers – for example during the South East Asian currency crisis of 1997 and after the banking crisis of 2008. Drawing on our experience of “interesting times”, we can facilitate your planning to enable you to establish long term direction, while preparing for the unexpected.
School priorities must be seen in context and so we will always conduct a short analytical overview of your position in 7 Areas for Action when we are engaged to carry out training or facilitation. We are also able to assist with preparation for an accreditation or inspection.
Mission, Vision and Strategy
Our approach to strategic planning suggests that direction is maintained by having a clear Vision for the future, while the Mission is the compass which charts the course towards the identified goals, whichever way the wind is blowing. The three year strategy document is the chart used to plot the course, but the element most likely to be adjusted in the short term as the school reacts to fair winds or foul. Mission and vision, however, are both unchanging.
STRATEGIC PLANNING IN ACTION
Consilium Education’s global platform for news about learning: International Teacher Magazine
With the Equinox approaching and nature visibly on the move, it’s time to reflect about what a well-balanced curriculum really means. Chris Baker’s article about Rewilding at the British School in Bucharest suggests that observing the natural world should be an essential ingredient. Meanwhile Tim Hill and Frank Thomson put technology centre stage as new ideas continue to take wing in the latest edition of ITM.
In search of dynamic stability
In order to be successful, organisations have to solve a paradox: they have to be both stable, while at the same time open to change. Andy Homden explains that in order to solve this problem and plan effectively for the long term, “Vision”, “Mission” and “Strategy” need clear definition. If used properly, these terms set the foundations for moving a school from “Good” to “Great”.
Contact Andy to discuss training or facilitation for Strategic Planning