Project Horizon

Author, Matt Watkinson’s excellent book “The Grid” outlines how every business should be regarded as a grid of interconnected parts that form a complete system, rather than a collection of independent parts that can be managed in isolation. In a 2018 presentation to Samsung, Matt gives some examples of businesses coming unstuck when only considering parts of their business in isolation. My favourite of these examples is the story of a small cupcake shop who wished to increase their brand awareness by offering 12 cupcakes with a 75% discount through an online promotional platform. Unfortunately, the business owner did not consider the pressure this initiative would put on other areas of her business until it came to baking the 102,000 cupcakes that were ultimately ordered as part of the promotion!

Now, this is obviously an extreme example from a different industry, but the model outlined in The Grid is still very applicable to schools. In his research paper “Defining a Financially Sustainable Independent School in Australia”, John Somerset explains that for a school to remain financially viable they must also take into consideration many factors related to a school’s overall performance whose data often sits outside of the financial domain. These factors include enrolment numbers and trends, student retention, and academic performance, all of which have been shown to impact the willingness of various stakeholders to continue to invest in a school.

By supporting all core facets of school management from a central interface and by storing all core data in a central database, the Project Horizon platform will allow Business Managers and Leadership perpetual access to the crucial holistic overview of what is going on across their school at any given time. This will give a school the insight required to remain agile and continually adapt to forthcoming change.

More to follow next week!

Tom BeardsworthEducation Horizons Group, Product Marketing Lead