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Models to support whole-school planning

Effective long-term, strategic planning is at the very heart of the outstanding school. Steve Burnage looks at how two popular models for whole-school planning work in practice

From tight finances to recruitment and retention, the challenges facing schools in 2019 are many and varied, making effective whole-school strategic planning all the more vital.

In this article I will look at two strategic planning models that are both effective and simple – the VMOSA model and the Five-Step model.

VMOSA stands for Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, and Action Plans. It is a practical planning process – first devised by Christina Holt at the Community Tool Box – that can be used to define a vision and develop practical ways to bring about change. You can use VMOSA:

Vision: Your vision communicates what your team believes are the ideal conditions for your school – how things would look if the issue important to you were perfectly addressed. In general, vision statements should be:

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