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.

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?

General Election – a School Business Manager’s To-Do list

Tear up the 3 year budget plan. The concept of forward planning has been a little, ahem, challenging in recent years and, on the whole, Governing Bodies have taken our 3-5 year financial planning with a relatively large pinch of salt. I’ve spent hours trying to manipulate staffing spreadsheets to bear a passing resemblance to what I instinctively… Continue reading General Election – a School Business Manager’s To-Do list