Thinking strategically, including affordability

Mark Turner (Shrewsbury School)

Mark Turner - photo cropWith the pace of change accelerating in so many areas of school life, there has never been a more important time to think strategically.  Choosing the right time interval for development plans, as well as exercising wisdom as to the level of detail to enter into, are key skills which will have a major influence on a successful outcome.  This session will call on the experience I have gained of developing a strategic vision at four leading schools.  In addition, as an inspector and governor of ten preparatory and senior schools over twenty years, I will be sharing views on what works best and which pitfalls to avoid.

This workshop will look at various aspects of development planning, from information gathering, consultation and consensus building, the identification of priorities, to effective monitoring and evaluation.  The session may be particularly appropriate for those in the process of updating their development plan, or to those who are embarking on headship for the first time.

Mark Turner was educated at Rossall School, Oxford University (where he read Geography) and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  After a Short Service Commission, he completed his PGCE at Cambridge.  Having started his teaching career at Oundle (1988-95), he was appointed as Head of Kelly College (now Mount Kelly), moving to Abingdon (2001-2010) and Shrewsbury (2010-present).  In September 2018, he will be taking up his new post as Head of St Michaels University School in British Columbia, Canada.

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