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OpenApply Admissions Conference Singapore: Recap

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
2 Yishun, Street 42, Singapore 768039
Website: http://www.gwa.edu.sg/Our-Location.php
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Saturday, January 30 • 09:15 - 10:00
Keynote: "Why all schools should behave like start-ups?"

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Start-up schools have a significant advantage. When led with purpose and clarity, start-up schools can successfully engage stakeholders to collaboratively develop the organisational DNA.

This keynote explores the importance of all schools in developing a start-up mentality, especially if they aspire to truly deliver wonderful service to their families. The session will explore the importance of purpose, vision and mission in delivering sincere education. We will review the fundamentals of a school, delving into to role of people and product development. A variety of reallife examples will be used to highlight the difference these start-up tools can make.

A key argument to be presented is that in a start-up school, the Admissions team naturally become the glue across all departments and stakeholders. By reflecting on the moments-that-matter to families and staff, Admissions staff play a significant role in ensuring the organisational success of a school.

The presentation will conclude with a summary of key takeaways and encourage participants to take immediate action through three simple steps.

Session Overview:
1. Start with the why?
-Personal
-Organisational
-Professional

2. The fundamentals of a startup school
-Purpose
-People
-Product

3. Admissions as the glue, not the add-on

4. Reviewing the moments-that-matter to build an outstanding school
- For families
- For staff
- For your own team

5. Takeaways
- Your personal ‘why’? needs to be clear
- Organisational why, how and what needs to be clear
- Have a start-up mentality
- Everyone needs big picture commitment, coupled with specific functional skills
- Use short-term action plans to be responsive
- Startups stay agile, response and constantly under review; the 30 day action plan
- We are in the business of education; they are not separate; startups have the advantage of building a unified organisational culture and structure

6. Call to action
- A. Develop a personal ‘why’ statement
- B. First meeting back with your team after this weekend: what are your next steps?
- C. Develop an awesome action plan with your team: start with moments-that-matter, then develop the action plan elements.


Speakers
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David Edwards

Head of Education, GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
David Edwards has worked in schools across Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Roles have included, but are not limited to, Director of Sport, Assistant Head of Boarding, Curriculum Coordinator, and School Principal. For the past 10 years David has served on multiple school boards... Read More →



Saturday January 30, 2016 09:15 - 10:00 GMT+08
Auditorium Lower Level

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