What Makes A Great Strategy? Writing an ambitious school development plan

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Building on the tools and techniques for strategy learnt at the heart of government and in challenging schools, these three webinars are designed for principals/headteachers and senior leaders who want to shape a bold strategic school development plan for September 2022 to take their school to the next level. 

After two years of stress, upheaval and uncertainty, many school leaders, despite all the pressures, want to make changes to their school that learn the lessons from lockdown. At the same time staff are crying out for some light at the end of the tunnel, a sense of hope and purpose after such a difficult time, the chance to get behind a compelling vision for the future. 

These three webinars and the tools, resources and frameworks that go with them will support leaders in this task – helping them choose the priority areas, develop ideas with the staff body, and formulate an ambitious yet workable plan to take the school forward. 

With concerns about the return of Ofsted, a desire to broaden the curriculum, this course will also support leaders in thinking about their education offer and how all cohorts of students can succeed at school. 

Using strategic tools and frameworks from education and other sectors, Peter Hyman, a leader with experience in government, politics and schools will offer insights into combining ambition with pragmatism – motivating staff and the school community to develop an ambitious  strategic plan.  


The power of our courses is that they build a cohort of professionals who are able to learn together. This course will give you the chance to connect with other leaders across the country who are designing their school development plan at the same time. In our experience it is this professional dialogue that allows us all to test our thinking and share ideas in a safe and collaborative environment. 

Collaboration In the spirit of this professional community, one of the exciting components of completing the course will be that all participants upload a draft of their plan so that there can be proper sharing and so that we can all test our ideas and approach with others. 

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