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056: Governance and international business development with Elizabeth Clarke

In this episode, I am joined by Elizabeth Clarke of EJC Educational Consultancy, who has an impressive twenty years of experience in leading, managing, creating and implementing business strategies for schools in the independent sector, both in the UK and globally.

Firstly, we talk about governance - a really important issue for independent schools to master. Having the right governors, with a diverse range of experience, is a great start but we discuss how it is possible to fully involve governors in strategic direction, whilst not involving them too much in operational issues.

We then discuss international business development and how schools can franchise and create global partnership networks with other independent schools.

Both of these are essential points for schools to consider as they intertwine. For a school to break into the international market, governors need to have a strong mission-driven strategy for this to be a success.

References and Resources

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