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Ofsted has long stressed the importance of governors being involved in the strategic development of their school and been critical when they fail to carry out that role effectively.

In Being Strategic – one of two new titles in Adamson Publishing’s series of practical guides for school governors – David Marriott shows how governors can get to grips with the process of strategic planning or, in Ofsted’s words, shaping the direction of their school.

The author believes that fulfilling its strategic role should be the governing body’s prime concern and this book offers advice on how governors can establish their vision of the future and then plan to achieve it. He argues that, although some of the concepts and terminology may sound foreign, ‘The best governing bodies have become unconsciously strategic, because they’ve got into the habit of being forward looking, optimistic and problem solving.’

The book offers practical approaches to developing vision, mission, ethos and values statements and then helps governors answer the question, ‘Now we know where we are and where we want to go, how are we going to get there?’ Different strategic planning models are explained to help governing bodies find the one that suits them best.

What being strategic means is explained in plain English and the book offers governors the tools to help them develop and monitor a clear long-term strategy for their school that is distinct from the school development plan.

Being Strategic, by David Marriott (ISBN 0 948543 66 3), can be ordered, price £6.75 plus £1.25 p+p, from Adamson Publishing, Akeman House, High Street, Stretham, Ely, Cambs. CB6 3JQ, by phone on 01353 649238 or by email to [email protected]

This article first appeared in School Governor Update – Nov 2005

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