Opportunities to Shine

I used to work with a wonderful Catering Manager. She, like all good CMs was almost entirely self-managing and only ever really needed my input when it came to testing muffins (I’m something of an expert in my field), VAT (I’m hopelessly inadequate but I know a very nice auditor), or when there was a… Continue reading Opportunities to Shine

Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner

Waking up this morning to read about the latest atrocity in London, my home city. These days I live elsewhere, but nothing can take London out of your heart. When terrorism strikes you blanch at the horror, you read the news stories, watch the Twitter feeds, you absorb the shock, and then slowly, out of… Continue reading Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner

My School Journey – Yakob’s Story

Many years ago I got my first job in a school, I was employed as a performance-data-come-everything else  person and it was my first experience of education since I left school myself. It was a tough school in the East End of London, and worlds away from the private convent school I had attended myself.… Continue reading My School Journey – Yakob’s Story

Buckets and Jellybeans. Is it time to put the EBacc back on the shelf?

  A couple of months ago my daughter was asked to choose her GCSE options. These are important choices to make when you’re only 12 (our school runs a 3 year KS4) and as a parent you have to worry that your child might be opting themselves out of  future opportunities rather than making informed… Continue reading Buckets and Jellybeans. Is it time to put the EBacc back on the shelf?

The 7 Principles of Not-So-Public Life : the insider secrets of school business management.

Many years ago, back in the days when the government supported my profession by adequately funding it (I’m not bitter), I was taking the Certificate of School Business Management, or it might have been the Diploma, I forget – the memories are hazy and the vodka in the National College bar was plentiful. Anyway, I… Continue reading The 7 Principles of Not-So-Public Life : the insider secrets of school business management.

When worlds collide. The trichotomy of SATS as a Senior Leader, a parent and a primary governor (with a dash of SEND thrown in for fun)

I have a son who’s 11.  He’s doing his SATS next week. He’s a bright little boy and he’s also autistic, which is his case means he’s got an astounding sense of logic which could give Mr Spock a run for his money, combined with a social detachment which leaves him unable to understand why he… Continue reading When worlds collide. The trichotomy of SATS as a Senior Leader, a parent and a primary governor (with a dash of SEND thrown in for fun)

Running on Empty – when School Business Managers are no longer able to manage school business.

Loads of schools have someone like me; almost all secondaries, lots of primaries, some specials. We’re the ones tasked with managing the school’s finances and resources – all the non-teaching things that keep the liner afloat. We write the budget, manage the finances, do all the health & safety stuff, we run the facilities, the grounds, the canteen… Continue reading Running on Empty – when School Business Managers are no longer able to manage school business.