The facilitation of strategic planning workshops is a service offered by LEVNT. We understand that people who volunteer to serve on school councils are generally time poor and find it difficult to find extended periods of time to participate in strategic planning sessions.
With this in mind, we have designed a strategic planning model which we believe is very efficient with regard to the time required while still allowing genuine opportunity for the individual voices to be heard.
The following is a summary of the philosophical thinking behind the strategic planning model being used by LEVNT when we work with schools.
- It is intended that the Strategic Plan be a dynamic working document, rather than being created and forgotten or shelved.
- The Strategic Plan in this form is effectively the work plan for the school’s principal and leadership team. It prescribes the priority tasks and projects for the principal to undertake in order to steer the school in the direction that the plan maps out.
- The Strategic Plan provides a (two-way) framework of accountability.
- On the one hand, the School Council has every right to expect progress to be made on the designated tasks in accordance with the suggested time frame.
- The reverse accountability in some ways protects the principal from being challenged in relation to major strategic matters that are outside of the plan.
- The model requires regular refinement, at least annually. While the plan will always be projecting 3-5 years ahead, we strongly discourage setting the plan for a fixed time frame – eg 2014 – 2018. Once the basic model is in place the annual review need not be a major time-consuming exercise.
- The Strategic Plan in this format is designed in such a way that it satisfies the National School Improvement Plan compliance requirements of the Commonwealth Government.
See how this process works within a school (here)
Please contact our office if you would like to discuss some options for future directions planning.