Will Funding Cuts Put Children With Medical Conditions At Risk?

A Chronic Condition My daughter has Type 1 Diabetes. That’s the one where your pancreas fails completely for no apparent reason. It’s nothing to do with your diet or weight, it’s the one where you have to test your blood throughout the day, eat sugary snacks when your blood sugars drop, even if you don’t

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

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