School leaders’ perspectives on how to improve the Board / Principal relationship 

“Upwards and Onwards” is a ground-breaking report from RSAcademics, based on the views of 75 Principals of international schools across the world.  It reflects current practice and offers guidance to Principals on how they might best “manage upwards” in an international school context, with the aim of creating productive and happy relationships with their Board.

Please use the form below to download a copy of the full report and/or sign up for the webinars which take place on Tuesday 7th February and Tuesday 14th February 2023.

You can download the Executive Summary of the report without registering by clicking here.


Here are some more details…

The “Upwards and Onwards” report

Our report begins with an introductory section (which contains, among other things, details about the author, the research methodology and our research sample) and an Executive Summary.

The main report which follows consists of nine chapters, each of which considers key findings from our interviews and quotes extensively from the participating School Principals. Each of the nine chapters finishes with a section called “Points to consider and things to try” to help useful reflection and provide practical advice. We will also be considering the actions Principals can take in our webinars.

The report, which runs to over 90 pages, has been beautifully designed by LimeGreenTangerine, the people behind our “Ten Trends” reports, to make reading easier and more enjoyable.

The webinars

We will be running two different webinars in February 2023. They will each take place at 08.00, 12.00 and 16.00 (GMT) to make it easier for people around the world to join us. The webinars will take place on:

  • Tuesday 7th February (Webinar One)
  • Tuesday 14th February (Webinar Two)

You can register to attend a webinar using the form below.  Once registered we will send you a link to the Zoom meeting. Registration is open until 12.00 GMT (midday) the day before each webinar.

Webinar One (Tuesday 7th February)

In this first webinar Chris Edwards, the researcher and author of the report, will present the key findings from “Upwards and Onwards”.  He will also share some of the “Points to consider and things to try” which provide practical advice and useful points for reflection. There will be a chance for some guests to ask questions and make observations.

Webinar One will last a maximum of 60 minutes. It will be recorded and anyone who has registered with us for a copy of the report or to attend the webinars will receive a copy of the recording.

Webinar Two (Tuesday 14th February)

In the second webinar guests will be allocated to breakout rooms in small groups so they can discuss three key topics from the report and develop and share solutions to some of the challenges raised.

Participants in Webinar Two will be asked to always keep their cameras on and to take an active part in the discussions, expressing their views and listening generously to those of others.

We will capture and share as many of the key points arising from the discussions but Webinar Two will not be recorded.

Webinar Two will last a maximum of 90 minutes.

Now please complete the form below to download a copy of the “Upwards and Onwards” report and to say which Webinars you wish to attend. Thank you.

Should you wish to discuss confidentially any topics raised by our report, you can email Russell Speirs, Founder and Chairman of RSAcademics or Chris Edwards, the author.


Upwards and Onwards

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