With the affordability and survival of independent schools under threat in the current economic climate, now is not a time for ‘business as usual’. The market for independent schools has become more competitive, real income has declined and debt increased, schools’ fees are rising ahead of inflation, new and changing legislation is adding to the cost of compliance, and the costs of hiring and retaining teachers have increased. Traditional strategic planning is unlikely to produce a solution to long-term school sustainability because it seldom sufficiently challenges old assumptions and paradigms, and so reproduces more of the same.
Since March 2011 ISASA has been running an extremely successful workshop for member schools on School Sustainability. The innovative approach of this workshop brings together a number of schools with a group of the key players from each school to identify the three- and five-year trends of their school, re-examine their assumptions and chart a new sustainable strategic direction.
Topics covered in the workshop include:
- Achieving Financial Equilibrium
- Trend and Ratio Analysis: Trends Affecting Education and Benchmarking
- Planning Assumptions
- Defining Markers of Success
- Identifying Strategies for Change
- Taking Sustainability Forward Back at Your School
A school’s group can consist of between four and seven members and must include members of the senior management team and the school governing body (i.e. governors/board members, head/s, business manager/bursar, teachers, marketer/ fundraiser).
Cost: R3 900.00 per school [irrespective of number of individual delegates] (R4 446.00 VAT inclusive)
Facilitators: John Lobban and Lindsay McCay, ISASA
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