Summertime, and the Living is Easy

It’s only a week and a bit into the summer holidays and, even though I was at work all last week, I’ve already achieved a state of near Nirvana  as I can, quite literally, feel the stresses of a challenging year drain away in almost direct comparison to the diminishing number of emails in my… Continue reading Summertime, and the Living is Easy

The What, Why and How of School Business Leadership.

Being a School Business Leader is a funny old game. It’s not something that many people aspire to, it’s more a profession you fall into by accident, and I think it’s probably the diverse nature of the role that attracts people who have been on a less than straight career trajectory. We’re not Accountants, we’re not… Continue reading The What, Why and How of School Business Leadership.

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

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.

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.

Could a PFI contract build us a shelter to weather the storms of funding cuts?

I can’t believe I’m doing this… I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I think I might be about to write a piece on the benefits of PFI. Reading Ed Dorrell’s piece in the TES today (21/04/17) on The True Cost of PFI, I found myself almost (almost) defending the PFI contract I recently inherited. After many… Continue reading Could a PFI contract build us a shelter to weather the storms of funding cuts?