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Our Vision is to lead thinking in Sustainable International School Governance

The number of international schools has grown exponentially in numbers and many schools have become highly complex multi-million euro/yen/dollar organizations. This puts tremendous pressure on board members many of whom are committed to the school but have limited time to be truly effective in their role. In the case of not for profit schools they frequently leave before becoming fully cognoscente with the complexities and needs of modern international educational institutions. Proprietor schools are frequently part of wider investment portfolios and have boards that represent family, company or investor interests. Regardless of the ownership structure research has repeatedly illustrated that sustainable development in international school governance is central to schools realising their potential.

ECIS is committed to move governance practices beyond accreditation compliance and towards a sustainable commitment to creating value for all stakeholders. This is why the SISG was created.

The SISG programme not only provides training for board members/trustees and proprietors but also supports start-up and emerging international schools. Additionally, business managers, administration managers and marketing and development directors find the SISG Diploma to be highly beneficial.

The SISG programme is divided into two separate yet inter-related Modules. In addition to this and to provide focus on specific issues an annual Master Class is held at the ECIS April Conference.

How will this Two Module Diploma Programme benefit you?

• Engage in stimulating discussions and learn from others who face similar challenges
• Develop the skills and insights required to function as a member of an outstanding board or senior management member who works with the board
• Enhance your understanding of the legal, economic, managerial and behavioural issues affecting international school governance today
• Develop the tools to address the key challenges of financial/risk management, internal control, board balance, salaries and benefits
• Examine controversial issues within for profit and not for profit schools such as shareholder activism, parent run challenges, family ownership and the impact on board effectiveness
• Learn from an exceptional faculty at the forefront of international school and corporate governance and best practice
• Develop practical solutions to tackle the challenges facing your school

How does the SISG Diploma Programme work?

The programmes consists of two separate, but linked, modules that lead to the ECIS Diploma in Sustainable International School Governance, The modules are offered from Friday to Sunday in March and October. The location is London. Each module focuses on specific areas relevant to, the needs of all types of international school governance models. Each module is highly interactive and consists of a combination of lectures, case studies, and group work. The international faculty are drawn from the world of education, business and finance. They bring to the ECIS Diploma in Sustainable International School Governance a fresh and meaningful approach. (See Workshop Leaders). Participants who attend both modules are awarded the ECIS Diploma in Sustainable International School Governance and those participating in only one module receive a Certificate of Attendance.

While ECIS membership is not compulsory, participants from member schools are offered a reduced member rate. There is also a reduction for schools enrolling three or more participants.




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