Workforce reform and SBMs

I was a bit taken aback to hear that the previous incumbent had been asked to come in and check over my work “from a teacher’s perspective”


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.

Take Care of Your Caretakers and They’ll Take Care of You

Semantically, Caregiving and Caretaking are diametrically opposite, one gives care and one takes it, but in a school setting it’s the object of the care that differs. Caregivers work with children, caretakers work with objects and buildings, or so the theory goes. But the caretakers I’ve come across in my time care deeply about their… Continue reading Take Care of Your Caretakers and They’ll Take Care of You

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

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