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for Schools 2024

Leverage the power of strategy and story.

School leadership teams, Principals, Board Chairs, Business Managers, Marketing/Comms Professionals
Strategy, storytelling
Various programs in 2024
Self-paced, online and in-person

Every school needs a strategy, but how do you get the buy-in from staff, students and parents to bring it to life?

The secret to successful strategy is story – stories from the hearts and minds of your school community; stories that capture the essence of your unique culture and align with your school’s needs.

StrategyStory’s award-winning method has been developed in partnership with Independent Schools Victoria. Strategy and communication experts Professor Donald MacLean and Kate Hooper have been working with ISV Member Schools for many years and they understand the challenges unique to Independent schools.

Whether you’re looking for rapid fire strategy to address a specific challenge or opportunity – or wanting to craft a deeper, story-driven blueprint that stands the test of time – we have a tailored program for your school.

“Strategy has become ridiculously overcomplicated. Everybody thinks if you don’t have a 40-page document, three videos and a dance routine, it can’t possibly be a strategy.”

— Professor Donald MacLean, Co-founder StrategyStory

Power Learning for Rapid Results

Effective strategies are generally simple, succinct and memorable. Strategies that people can understand.

If your strategy isn’t short, succinct or memorable, how can people remember it? And if they can’t remember it, how can they enact it?

These power learning strategy programs are designed with exactly that in mind, whether your school is looking to:

  • Overcome a specific challenge or opportunity
  • Enhance your school’s marketing and promotion strategy
  • Transform an existing strategy into meaningful action.

Each program is comprised of three, 90-minute sessions, held over two months, giving your strategy the best chance to succeed.

“The StrategyStory process provides a unique way of engaging all stakeholders around celebrating what your school is today, identifying future challenges and vision-casting through telling the story of tomorrow.”

— Peter Leigh, Business Manager, Waverley Christian College

Deeper strategy

Craft a long-term vision for your school

‘Strategy’ – it’s one of those big words that can mean many different things to many different people. This can create unnecessary difficulties in your school – differences can be really healthy, but when it comes to strategic action, it’s important that everyone is pointing in roughly the same direction. Get the buy-in you need for your strategy to succeed with these deep-dive programs.

StrategyStory for Schools

Duration: 6 months
Delivery mode: 6 in-depth sessions and site visits
Audience: Schools keen to develop new strategic plans based on a more nuanced understanding of the needs of the community.

Develop a new strategic plan to help your school navigate the next 5–10 years.

  1. Chart your school’s long-term vision – Craft a visionary strategy, weave a unique story and engage your community.
  2. Develop compelling narratives – Shape a powerful story that reflects your school’s identity and future aspirations.
  3. Engage stakeholders – Involve the community in the strategy and story creation to secure their investment and understanding.
Strategy: Steering your school’s future

Duration: 12 months
Delivery mode: 8 in-depth sessions, site visits and follow-up
Audience: High performing schools or networks of schools with well-developed strategic planning processes.

Develop an evolving strategic plan to help your school navigate the next 10–20 years.

  1. Prepare for the future – Use strategy to steer your school, and story to power it.
  2. Craft engaging narratives – Develop a compelling story that reflects your school’s uniqueness and fosters community commitment.
  3. Develop audio and video content that tells the story of your school in the voices of your people.
  4. Foster community ties – Build and strengthen collaborative relationships with stakeholders to shape your school’s future together.
  5. Integrate global trends – Analyse and incorporate significant educational trends into your strategy to establish the school as an innovative leader.

Complete an expression of interest

Expressions of interest are now open for our longer StrategyStory programs. The structure and price will depend on the unique needs of your school.

More information

Nikki Maguire
Innovation & Learning Leader
Independent Schools Victoria

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