How to develop your long-term strategic plan

Long-term strategic planning will give you an overview of the direction of your school improvement over the next 3-5 years. Find out how to develop a robust plan that will help you achieve your school's vision. Plus, download our template plan to save you time writing your own.

Last reviewed on 9 April 2021
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Contents
  1. How is a long-term strategic plan different to a SIP/SDP? 
  2. Lean on your school leaders and governors for their expertise 
  3. Make sure your vision statement still reflects your school's aspirations 
  4. Hear from your school community to identify priorities for action 
  5. Once you've decided on your priorities, check they tie into your vision 
  6. How to write clear objectives and actions
  7. Map out what you can realistically achieve each year 
  8. Use our template to write up your plan 

How is a long-term strategic plan different to a SIP/SDP? 

A long-term strategic plan will: 

  • Outline a top-level overview of the direction of your school improvement over the next 3/4/5 years
  • Help you break down how you're going to achieve your school's vision

Whereas, a school improvement/development plan (SIP/SDP) will:

  • Outline how you'll achieve part of that strategy across a 1/2/3 year period
  • Include specific actions you need to take to meet your medium-term objectives
  • Keep you on track for achieving your overall long-term strategy

You can get further details on the differences and learn how the two feed into your school improvement planning in this article.

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