Project Management for school leaders

This is a one day course split over two days; sessions will be 12.30pm to 3.00pm on Wednesday 9th February and 4.00pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 10th February.

What is Project Management?

Project management (PM) is the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience to achieve specific project objectives within agreed parameters. It has final deliverables that are constrained to a finite timescale and budget.

Why are Project Management Skills important for successful school leaders?

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), organizations that undervalue project management report an average of 50% more of their projects failing outright. Failed projects can quickly derail your initiatives and delay or even prevent school development.

Who is this course on Project Management for?

Any teacher or senior leader who must take on a discrete development activity. From organising a school trip to building a new school. Same basic principles.

What types of skills are involved?

PM uses a range of skills from the leadership and management repertoire. These will include: decision making, risk management, team working and development, change, planning, resource management, reporting and evaluation, monitoring, communication skills, leadership and management, links to learning and development, plus more.

How will this course be delivered?

You will be invited to bring a project that you must lead. Alternatively, you can imagine a project you may have to deliver. It can even be something not based around education. This will be your theme for the webinar. Throughout the session, you will plan your project and be supported through the process of project management from beginning to end.

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct project planning activities that accurately forecast project costs, timelines, and quality;
  • Implement processes for successful resource, communication, and risk and change management;
  • Demonstrate effective project execution and control techniques that result in successful projects;
  • Demonstrate effective organisational leadership and change skills for managing projects, project teams, and stakeholders.
  • By the end of the course a draft plan of the project will be completed.

Course Outline

What is Project Management?
Understanding the scope of PM in schools.
Ensuring all appreciate what PM is and importantly, is not.

Change Management: Managing the challenges of making things different.

Risk Management: Identifying what can stop the project coming to fruition and overcoming them.

Team Working: Pulling together people from different areas to work together and creating synergy.

Decision Making: Making choices that satisfies the project and all stakeholders.

Leadership & Management: Getting a project done through people.

Resource Management: Economic, Effective, Efficient use of the finite resources.

Planning: Creating a systematic strategy to achieve the project in a timely manner.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Ensuring the project is going in the correct direction and ensuring it is being done correctly.

This course will provide a good introduction to Project Management and many Leadership and Management skills.

To book your place, please email [email protected] with the title and date of the course along with your full name and school name.

Presenter Profile

Jonathan Block is a teacher, ex secondary headteacher and experienced facilitator/trainer. His MBA specialised in international educational leadership. He qualified as an Ofsted inspector. On leaving headship he was researching into the mental health of head teachers and possible support mechanisms. He has worked for University College London to train their facilitators for its school leadership programmes as well as both writing and delivering to school leaders.

In the last few years, he has travelled internationally to deliver bespoke training on behalf of UCL and the British Council.

Jonathan has also worked for Ambition School Leadership and several London Boroughs, inspecting, and delivering a range of leadership and teaching and learning programmes. He is a trustee of a charity that trains child psychotherapist and counsellors and has supported them to set up its own centre in North London. The charity does much outreach work in schools in the greater London area.

Cost: £250 per delegate; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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