There are a lot of Myths and Legends surrounding the role of the School Business Leader (I was going to call them 'untruths' but I thought I'd be a little more sensitive - not like me I know.) I heard two this week so I thought it would be interesting to write them down. The… Continue reading School Business Leader Myths
I'm a big fan of Brian Cox...but I have noticed that there are two problems. Problem number one is that when he is telling me something it makes perfect sense and I understand entirely, but when the programme has finished I am unable to recall the information with enough clarity to explain it to anyone… Continue reading Please could you explain that again Brian?
You only have to open your news app to read about child poverty in the UK. School Leaders see it every day and it is not limited to the inner cities or big estates, countryside poverty can be hidden in the blanket of a perceived "affluent" area. I've lived in the English countryside all my… Continue reading Let them eat cake!
Did I mention I'm in New York City this weekend? The main purpose of the trip is for 6th Form age students from around the world to get together to debate current political topics, Terrorism, Education, Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Each school has been assigned a country to represent (ours is Côte d'Ivoire) and… Continue reading SBMs must flex their opposition muscle occasionally.
School Business Managers need resilience in their armour and we write a lot about it. The impact it has on us, how we can use it to support our day-to-day and how we can nurture the skills required. But we all know there is a limit. I now recognise that I recently hit mine. The… Continue reading Resilience? Pah!
Barry has always thought I'd have been an excellent candidate for the military. A love of organised process and procedure; a willingness to follow orders, as well as being able to (ahem!) give them; an ability to push at boundaries to initiate improvement and an understanding of the responsibility that comes with the role. Oh,… Continue reading By the Left – Quick March!
Are you an experienced School Business Leader with a strong finance focus working in the northern south west counties of England? Do you want to share your skills with other schools and advise on school improvement strategies, recommending ways to find financial efficiencies to positively impact educational outcomes? Are you practical and approachable but with… Continue reading School Resource Management Advisers
I've spent a very enjoyable afternoon learning how to animate and export a PowerPoint slideshow, which I'm pleased to share here. These are the slides to go with my workshop for #WomenEd unconference on the 6th October 2018. The aim was to inform teaching staff, looking to progress into Education Leadership, how a School Business… Continue reading How can the SBL support a journey into Education Leadership?
Resilience - What does it mean? Why do I need it? How do I improve mine? Resilience - defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape. Resilience - I must have it in here somewhere... *digs deep into bottomless pit (aka… Continue reading Resilience
I think it is usually straightforward to match a person to their job. Given a room of people and a few minutes to talk to each of them, I reckon I could probably identify the doctor, firefighter, soldier, accountant, shopkeeper, chef...teacher. However, I think a strategic SBM has a unique set of personality traits that… Continue reading What makes a good School Business Manager?