Before the day

Information we need from you

Please email your trainer with the names and roles of those attending, no later than 3 weeks before your first training day.

What we need on the day

We just need the internet connection gods to be smiling on us when delivering online 🙂

If we are delivering in person, we’ll also need:

All courses need:

  • A room for the day where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Enough tables and chairs for everyone, set out as boardroom or horse shoe.
  • A flip chart stand and pad.

For the Create your compelling vision part II (AM) and Keeping your Vision alive (PM) day:

  • A projector to connect to our laptop (USB or HDMI connection).


Scroll down to find the agenda for your training day.

All full days normally start at 09:30 and finish by 16:00.

Understanding your core values

09:30 – 09:50 Welcome, introduction and aims of the day

09:50 – 10:15  What are values and why are they important?

10:15  – 11:15   What values are most important to you in the school you want to create?

11:15 – 11:30    Break 

11:30 – 12:30   What values are most important to you in the school you want to create?

12:30 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 15:30  Making your values meaningful

15:30 – 16:00  Wrap up

Create your compelling vision  (Part 1)

09:30 – 09:50 Welcome – review of mini-values visions

09:50 – 10:45  What makes a good vision?

10:45 – 11:00   Break

11:00 – 12:30   Creating your vision – strategic priorities

12:30 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 15:00  Creating your mini-visions

15:00 – 15:30  Wrap up                                

Create your compelling vision part II (AM)

and Keeping your Vision alive (PM)

09:30 – 09:40 Introduction to day

09:40 – 10:10  Review of mini-vision

10:10 – 11:10   Finding your ‘why?’

11:10 – 12:40   Creating your vision

12:40 – 12:50   Wrap up morning session

12:50 – 13:30   Lunch

13:30 – 13:40   Introduction

13:40 – 14:10   Communicating the vision and what happens afterwards

14:10 – 14:50   Simple ways to embed your vision

14:50 – 15:00   Wrap up

Vision to action plan

09:30 – 09:50 Intro to day

09:50 – 10:50  Finding your mission

10:50 – 11:05  Break

11:05 – 11:25   The difference between Business as usual (BAU) and Development

11:25 – 12:25  Developing your 3 – 5 year plan

12:25 – 12:55  Lunch

12:55 – 14:55  Developing the plan (cont)

14:55 – 15:25  How to put this into your annual plan

15:25 – 15:55  Wrap up

Communication training

09:30 – 09:50    Introduction to the day

09:50 – 10:50     Communication theory

10:50 – 11:05     Break

11:05 – 13:05      How we communicate

13:00 – 13:35    Lunch

13:35 – 15:35    Developing the impact of our communication

15:35 – 1600      Wrap up

Communicating your vision

09:30 – 09:50 Introduction to day

09:50 – 10:50 Crafting your message

10:50 – 11:05  Break

11:05 – 12:35   Creating your vision communication

12:35 – 13:05  Lunch

13:05 – 15:05   Practice delivering your vision communication

15:05  – 15:35  Wrap up

What to expect

Who delivers your training?

We will introduce you to your trainer in advance of your session. You can learn more about our trainers here

Your trainer will introduce themselves to you via email thereafter and answer any pre-course questions you may have.

What can you expect on the day?

We’re here to help you create a powerful compelling vision for your school, so expect lots of self-reflection.

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What if a member of the team changes?
Let your trainer know and they will let you if it’s appropriate for them to join at this stage or a later stage.

What if I need to change a date?
This can affect the course and the impact we can make so we prefer if it you don’t. However, sometimes it is unavoidable. Please get in touch with your trainer and they will do what they can. We don’t like to charge cancellation fees if dates have to be moved, but sometimes we need to. You can see details of these charges at

We might need to charge for travel if we’ve booked tickets.

What if Ofsted call on a training day?
Let us know as soon as you can and we’ll cancel the training day (no charge) and be in touch a little while after they have gone (good luck!).

What if I have a question you haven’t answered?

If you have any questions about your training not covered here or in your booking confirmation e-mail please get in touch with your trainer.



We really don’t like charging schools cancellation fees so we want to be transparent and make you aware that cancellation charges will apply from 2 weeks before your training date (not including the date itself).

Please click on the following link for our terms and conditions:

We might need to charge for travel if we’ve booked tickets.