A New Role…

By now you may have heard that I have taken on the role of Chair of the Institute of School Business Leadership. For the next 12 months, I will be steering the work of the board and working to build on the reputation ISBL enjoys with our partners, stakeholders and the wider sector. I am …

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Proud to be a trustee of the new Institute of School Business Leadership

We launched the new logo for the Institute of School Business Leadership at NASBM’s final national conference this morning.

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It’s all about the money

With a week to go until the 2017 General Election, it is crucial that we keep up pressure on politicians. We need to drive home the message that there is a funding crisis in education and that they must reverse the funding cuts. Weasel words and false promises of protection won’t pay staff salaries. The …

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Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre

Managing change is a key skill for school leaders. Even more so in the current funding climate where we have to make tough decisions. This blog looks at the importance of communication during times of change.  I was talking to Gary my network manager recently  about the importance of letting colleagues know when their computers …

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The pace of change

Things move fast don’t they? Staying in the loop, in any education organisation, is becoming harder and harder. Policy changes (and politicians) are coming thick and fast.  Increasingly, I find that I spend a significant part of my working day just catching up with movement and changes in the sector. Like many school business leaders, …

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How are SBMs really feeling?

In this article for Optimus Education’s Insight Magazine, I set out the results of a survey I undertook into the mood of the SBM profession; what is worrying them and what they are doing about it.

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Is there a place for the single-site school business manager in a fully academised system?

All over England, school business management professionals are worried. They want to know if they will have a job at the end of the year. Each day brings a fresh round of claim and counter-claim about the pros/cons of a fully academised school system.   Is there a future for single-site school business managers? This is not …

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Time to join together

The time is right for SBMs to join together under the umbrella of a credible professional body and sign up to a set of professional standards. Publically accepted professions are bound by ethical codes and established levels of competency. The are self-regulating and speak with a clear voice through a recognised professional body.  If school …

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