What is Project Management?   

Project management (PM) is the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience to achieve specific project objectives within agreed parameters. It has final deliverables that are constrained to a finite timescale and budget.

Why are Project Management Skills important for successful school leaders?

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), organizations that undervalue project management report an average of 50% more of their projects failing outright. Failed projects can quickly derail your initiatives and delay or even prevent school development.

Who is this INSET on Project Management for ?   

Any teacher or senior leader who must take on a discrete development activity. From organising a school trip to building a new school. Same basic principles.

What types of skills are involved?                     

PM uses a range of skills from the leadership and management repertoire.  These will include: decision making, risk management, team working and development, change, planning, resource management, reporting and evaluation, monitoring, communication skills, leadership and management, links to learning and development, plus more.

How will this INSET be delivered?                    

Each participant will be invited to bring a project that they must lead.  Alternatively, they can imagine a project they may have to deliver.  It can even be something not based around education. This will be their theme of the day. Throughout the day participants will plan their project and be supported through the process of project management from beginning to end.

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct project planning activities that accurately forecast project costs, timelines, and quality;
  • Implement processes for successful resource, communication, and risk and change management;
  • Demonstrate effective project execution and control techniques that result in successful projects;
  • Demonstrate effective organisational leadership and change skills for managing projects, project teams, and stakeholders.
  • By the end of the day a draft plan of the project will be completed.

INSET Outline

What is Project Management?:

Understanding the scope of PM in schools.

Ensuring all appreciate what PM is and importantly, is not.

Change Management:

Managing the challenges of making things different.

Risk Management:

Identifying what can stop the project coming to fruition and overcoming them.

Team Working:

Pulling together people from different areas to work together and creating synergy.

Decision Making:

Making choices that satisfies the project and all stakeholders.

Leadership & Management:

Getting a project done through people.

Resource Management:

Economic, Effective, Efficient use of the finite resources.


Creating a systematic strategy to achieve the project in a timely manner.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Ensuring the project is going in the correct direction and ensuring it is being done correctly.

This INSET will provide a good introduction to Project Management and many Leadership and Management skills.


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