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27 February 2024

An Introduction to School Master Planning

Key Considerations for School Business Managers and Executives

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School master planning is a critical process that shapes the future of educational institutions.

In this introduction guide, we'll provide school business managers and executives with an overview of what school master planning entails, why it is crucial for the success of schools, and some key do's and don'ts to consider during the process.

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What is School Master Planning?

School master planning is a strategic process that involves assessing the current state of a school's facilities, identifying future needs and goals, and developing a long-term plan to achieve those objectives.

It encompasses various aspects such as infrastructure development, resource allocation, curriculum planning, and community engagement.

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Why is School Master Planning Crucial?

Strategic Alignment: 

It ensures that the physical infrastructure of the school aligns with its educational goals and objectives.

Optimal Resource Utilisation:

It helps in optimising the use of resources, including space, finances, and human capital, to support teaching and learning.


It anticipates future needs and challenges, allowing schools to adapt and remain relevant in a constantly evolving educational landscape.

Stakeholder Engagement: 

It involves stakeholders such as teachers, students, parents, and community members in the planning process, fostering a sense of ownership and collaboration.

Key Do's and Don'ts of School Master Planning

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1. Start with a Vision:

Begin the master planning process by defining a clear vision and mission for the school's future.

2. Conduct Comprehensive Needs Assessment:

Thoroughly assess the current state of facilities, infrastructure, and educational programs to identify areas for improvement.

3. Involve Stakeholders:

Engage key stakeholders, including staff, students, parents, and community members, in the planning process to ensure diverse perspectives and buy-in.

4. Prioritise Flexibility and Adaptability:

Design the master plan with flexibility and adaptability in mind to accommodate future changes and growth.

5. Consider Sustainability:

Integrate sustainable design principles and practices into the master plan to minimize environmental impact and promote long-term sustainability.


1. Neglect Community Input:

Avoid overlooking the input and feedback of stakeholders, as their insights are invaluable in shaping the master plan.

2. Focus Solely on Short-Term Solutions:

Resist the temptation to prioritize short-term fixes over long-term strategic planning, as this may lead to inefficiencies and missed opportunities.

3. Ignore Budget Constraints:

Be mindful of budget constraints and avoid overcommitting resources beyond the school's financial capacity.

4. Disregard Regulatory Requirements: 

Ensure compliance with local regulations, zoning laws, and building codes throughout the master planning process to avoid legal issues and delays.

5. Underestimate the Importance of Implementation:

Plan for effective implementation of the master plan, including timelines, responsibilities, and accountability measures, to ensure successful execution.

School master planning is a multifaceted process that requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure the long-term success and sustainability of educational institutions.

By following the key do's and don'ts outlined in this guide, school business managers and executives can navigate the master planning process effectively and create a roadmap for the future growth and development of their schools.

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