To ensure school strategy is sound and produces successful outcomes, good quality decisions need to be made. Good decisions, in turn, rely on high quality strategic thinking.

If you want to change your thinking, challenge perceptions and plan actions all in a collaborative and open training environment, this is the course for you.

Our highly interactive Effective Strategic Thinking course de-mystifies strategic thinking; assesses the benefits of strategic analysis; teaches how to use strategic analysis and how to best implement your strategy at your school.

Through group discussions, evaluate your performance, address your weaknesses and gain a deeper understanding of how imaginative thinking can improve your work.

Leave the day confident in your ability to generate tangible results in your role and implement change in your organisation.

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practices with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow.

Please note we will be using Zoom to deliver this course.

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Judy Oliver
Training Consultant

Judy specialises in leadership development, strategic thinking, transition planning and facilitation of multi-agency and multi-professional partnerships and teams and community consultations. Her portfolio of work includes executive coaching and development for directors and people in organisations across all sectors but particularly local government and the NHS.

Judy is an accredited assessor for the Myers Brigg Type Indicator and has qualified as a Thinking Environment Consultant and Coach with Nancy Kline and a Transitions Consultant with William Bridges in the US. Judy was a non-executive director in the NHS for twelve years with two hospitals and a Primary ...

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Charlotte Cummings
Business Development Director

Charlotte is Business Development Director at Oliver & Company (UK). Charlotte is a trained facilitator and coach, specialising in service development, strategic thinking and managing transition for organisations and individuals. She is trained in supporting individuals and organisations using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and has wide experience of people and project management within fast-paced, commercial environments. Charlotte is an experienced, Prince2 Practitioner Project Manager, specialising in leading change projects in the private and public sector.

Her current portfolio includes support to a range of NHS organisations including GP Practices, Mental Health Trusts, Community Services and NHS ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop your ability and confidence to think strategically
  • Think about what strategic thinking means in practice and why it is important
  • Consider the essential link between policy and strategy, what the strategy needs to achieve and the perspectives of stakeholders
  • Learn practical tools and techniques which can be applied immediately
  • Practice using these and build your confidence in applying them

In-House Option



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07:25 - 07:30


07:30 - 08:00

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

08:00 - 08:45

What Exactly is Strategic Thinking?

  • What is your strategic issue?
  • What myths exist about ‘strategic thinking’? What is true?
  • What good examples of strategy have you seen and what made them good?
08:45 - 09:00

Morning Break

09:00 - 10:15

The Benefits of Strategic Analysis

  • External environment vs. internal capability?
  • What external factors could help or hinder?
  • What possible scenarios do you need to be prepared for?
10:15 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:15

Reflection Session

  • Trainer will review the day’s learning and the next stages of the course
  • Delegates will have time to ask questions and share views with one another
11:15 - 13:00

Using Strategic Analysis in Your Organisation

  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • What is your vision of success?
  • Who do you need to influence?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses?
  • How strong do those relationships need to be and how can you strengthen them?
13:00 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:00

Effective Strategic Implementation

  • What do your priorities need to be?
  • Overcoming your own limiting assumptions
  • What is the difference between change and transition?
14:00 - 14:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


International Schools

Delegate Price


“I recommend the Effective Strategic Thinking virtual course! In these challenging times when attending training courses is not as was, I really enjoyed the format of the day, the breakout rooms, discussions and tutor led debates and teaching.”
Effective Strategic ThinkingTown Centre Manager, Crawley Borough Council, UK