Leadership

 

Chinese mountain

Working with a partner in China

China hand, Mark Schaub looks at the educational scene in China, suggesting that the opportunity it presents to overseas schools and universities is real – but that it requires careful planning. 

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Increasing demand

Data, trends and expertise at this year’s ISC Research conference.

The ISC Research conference in July 2019 attracted over 120 schools, universities, education suppliers and professional organisations to Oxford, UK to learn about the latest trends and developments within the world’s international schools market. The event was a sell-out, with delegates benefiting from breaking market news and data, expert advice, case study experiences and plenty of time to network and ask questions,as Anne Keeling reports.

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A time for giving?

The case for fundraising

Boards and Heads of both not-for-profit and for-profit schools often wonder if they should be actively engaged in fundraising, or need to establish a Development Office. Frank Opray considers the rationale for fundraising and the key objectives for a Development Office.

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Growing competition

10 findings about international school admission in 2019

As international education grows, even well-established schools are facing stiff competition. A new survey and report commissioned by the Enrollment Management Association (EMA) is essential reading, not just for Admissions Directors, but for Heads of School. The EMA’s Aimee Gruber reports.

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Board resources

Governing thoughts
Four articles from International Teacher Magazine, looking at governance and strategic planning in international schools.
Five essentials

Five essentials

Paul Cabrelli identifies five essential qualities of effective school boards.

Vision, Mission, Strategy

Vision, Mission, Strategy

How three key planning elements can link to form a sustainable strategic plan.

Planning for uncertainty

Planning for uncertainty

Why flexible strategic plans serve schools well in periods of uncertainty.

Sustainability in schools

Sustainability in schools

Paul Cabrelli looks at the importance of sustainability for strategic planning.

 

Feature image: Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

 

 

 

The risk triangle

Eternal problem

In every outdoor activity there are countless risk factors that must be considered to ensure safe operation and an enjoyable experience. David Gregory suggests a triangle of threats need to be managed – and that this analysis can be applied to other types of risk management.

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Sustainability in schools

A guide to strategic planning

Paul Cabrelli has recently explored the idea of “sustainability in schools” as a speaker both at the COBIS conference for Bursars, HR Managers and HR staff at St. Julian’s School, and the CEESA Job – a- like conference for Business Managers, Chief Accountants and Facility Managers, arguing that this is a 21st Century issue that must not be ignored. 

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Five essential ideas

Effective School Governance

In a competitive and often unpredictable world, effective school governance is crucial if a school is to remain true to its mission and achieve its vision. Consilium Education’s Paul Cabrelli reflects on five essentials that sustain excellence and help governors enjoy their time in office.

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Planning for uncertainty

An interesting two years

Financial crises, ash clouds, haze, epidemics, regulatory changes, geopolitical instability – all are beyond a Headteacher’s  control, and all pose a threat to a school’s health and growth. Andy Homden,  who was in his first headship at the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur during 1997 recalls how a combination of existential threats lead to the development of a new and flexible approach to strategic planning which has been put to the test more than once in the last 15 years.

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The Listening Bench

Listening Quote of the Month:

Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
Bernard Baruch, 1870–1965

As part of a regular series of articles about listening, Peter Hudson, of Consilium Education considers the links between listening and success, and asks is the right kind of listening really happening in schools and businesses?

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