Preparing for an economic downturn:
A checklist for private schools

This checklist accompanies episodes of the Independent School Podcast which discuss the economic impact of the invasion of Ukraine. Use it to structure your thinking and spark strategic conversations which will prepare your school for challenging economic times ahead.

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People always come first

I know you are already safeguarding the wellbeing of those in your community and doing your best to help those directly impacted by the invasion of Ukraine.


Once you have put people first, use this checklist to help you focus on four key areas that could be impacted by the economic downturn. This will enable you to think and act strategically to secure the future of your school.


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"Juliet is excellent at giving us concrete advice on the next steps forward in securing an exciting future for Mount Kelly amid challenging times. She facilitates intellectual reflection and then puts answers in front of us which form a clear and achievable roadmap. Juliet adds real value in her work and I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending her."

Guy Ayling, Head Master, Mount Kelly

"Juliet has facilitated a number of strategy review meetings with our Senior Executive Team. She brings a great depth of knowledge and relevant experience to the task and we have found our sessions to be fast-paced, well-directed and most enjoyable. It certainly has been a successful partnership for us and has lifted the organisational weight off our shoulders so that we could focus exclusively on developing a coherent and comprehensive strategy for Blundell’s. We look forward to working with Juliet again in the future."

Bart Wielenga, Head, Blundell's School

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