“We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.”

Emily Dickinson, American poet


Strategic Planning


Strategic Planning


Most organisations now recognise the importance of planning in relation to the delivery of their services. Having an Adult Education Guidance Plan in place, which reflects the values and vision of the organisation, helps ensure that the Service is developed and delivered in the most effective way.   A well-developed Guidance Plan gives us goals to achieve and a roadmap to get there.  The Adult Guiidance Plan represents a key component in a managing agent/education provider's overall Strategic Plan.


Planning takes time and resources.  It is important that the plans we produce are implemented and are embedded in the everyday life of the Service. Plans should be ‘live', so that we consult and use them as working documents. We need to continually review our direction and planning, so that we can respond to changing circumstances or demands.

Consultation and involvement of key stakeholders is essential.   It is important that everyone is aware of their individual and collective role in the development and implementation of the Guidance Plan.



How would you design a Guidance Plan, so that the ‘day to day’ work forms part of the plan and that  a focus on quality and professional guidance principles is built in to the plan?