Being Strategic: A guide for boards and leaders

June 2023

Being Strategic is a collaboration between the National Governance Association (NGA), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

Being Strategic is a guide to strategy development for those leading and governing in schools and multi academy trusts (MATs).

The guide explains how strategic priorities are identified, resourced and monitored. It also gives useful advice on:
  • vision setting
  • self-evaluation and risk assessment
  • communicating the strategy to stakeholders
  • creating the right culture for the strategy to succeed
Being Strategic provides a framework for governing boards and leaders to refer to throughout the year and, in particular, as part of an annual conference or ‘away day’.

There are two versions of the guide, one for single schools, single academy trusts and federations, and one for trust boards and leaders in a MAT which is focused on developing a strategy for the MAT as a single organisation.

Download Being Strategic for single schools (PDF)

Download Being Strategic for MATs (PDF)

Please visit the NGA website for more information.  

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