OSG-S5 Course Details

Mission, Vision and Strategic Thinking

A key component of the role of ‘responsible persons’ is to “provide strategic guidance”.  It is also a NESA requirement that ‘responsible persons’ have “relevant qualifications, skills and experience for governing the school properly”. Therefore, if ‘responsible persons’ are to be effective in their duties, they must understand how to develop and sustain the school’s mission, vision and strategic direction. This four hour course helps ‘responsible persons’ understand the important differences between mission, vision and strategic direction, and equips them with a practical framework to develop and then implement strategic guidance in the school from a governance perspective. 

Content covered includes what is meant by mission and vision, what makes a good mission statement, strategic plan vs strategic vision, types of vision statement, internal and external reality, planning for an unknown future, shifting paradigms and their implications, the changing nature of work, changing economic and cultural paradigms, changing educational practices, student differences and learning styles, the scope and nature of a strategic vision, how to develop a strategic vision, strategic outcomes, the board’s role in steering the vision, the five sustainabilities, and drafting appropriate mission and vision statements. 


This course is designed to help ‘responsible persons’ [as defined under Section 47(1)(b) of the Education Act in New South Wales] understand and implement sound policies and ongoing procedures for effective governance in ways that comply with the NESA requirements upon school boards.  Specifically, the course is designed to provide in-depth appreciation and practical application of ways in which ‘responsible persons’ can work together to ensure (a) effective implementation of established principles of ‘best practice’ in the areas of mission, vision and strategic direction and (b) compliance with relevant NESA requirements in these areas.  Furthermore, the course provides opportunities through discussion and problem-solving for ‘responsible persons’ to build unity of understanding, a common purpose, and a commitment to implementing ‘best practices’ for effective school governance in a strategic manner that enhances the school’s outcomes.  The course is designed to address ongoing professional learning needs rather than serving as a key component of the induction of new ‘responsible persons’.



Four hours, usually one morning or one afternoon or one evening.


Face-to-face workshop with all the ‘responsible persons’ in one group, usually delivered at the school or at another suitable venue organised by the school.


This course covers the following governance requirements as outlined in the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual (September 2019):; and


Upon successful completion of the course, a signed certificate is issued to the school stating the name of the course, the content covered, the duration of the course, the venue, and the names of those persons who attended.  Upon request, schools may instead request an individual certificate for each attendee.  Participating schools also receive a password-protected PDF copy of the presentation slides used during the workshop for the use of attendees.

We are a NESA approved and accredited training provider of courses relating to proper governance in non-government schools.

D2015/35965 – D2019/8657 – D2019/23247 - – D2019/134103

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