National talent management strategy for school business professionals

The summer is over and darker nights are here, bringing with them the usual range of TV shows where celebrities and wannabes hone their aspiring talents in dancing, singing or even business skills for our entertainment. Enjoyable though these shows are, I am more interested in the year-round activity of encouraging and supporting talented people …

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The SBL who attended ResearchED Brum 2018

I attended my first researchED event yesterday when ResearchED Brum 2018 took place at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School. It was the first time the movement/community, for that is how it styles itself, had come to Birmingham and it provided the perfect opportunity to put a toe in the water. I wasn’t sure how welcoming the …

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School Efficiency Advisors: a financial friend for schools in need

NASBM is supporting the Department for Education by deploying forty Fellows as efficiency advisors for schools and academy trusts facing financial difficulty. In a move endorsed by Ministers, senior school business leaders will provide free of charge support to schools wrestling with budget deficits and problems with financial management. These experienced school business leaders have been …

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SBM Roundtable and election reflections

Election Outcome What a week it’s been. We now have a minority Conservative government which will need alliances and compromises to achieve a working majority. It looks like the Democratic Unionist Party have the whip hand in these negotiations for the time being. Inevitably this will temper some of the policies and plans the Conservatives …

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Modern Foreign Languages Hub Meeting

The BGGS Modern Foreign Languages Hub and a chance to be involved in the new National Centre for CLIL in Birmingham Somewhat off my usual topic of school business management, I am promoting my school’s approach to language teaching along with an opportunity for schools to get more involved. Bordesley Green Girls School runs a …

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School business leaders to hold roundtable discussion

A group of school business professionals have convened a roundtable discussion in Birmingham on the 30th May. The event will take place just days before the General Election. I’m one of the SBMs who came up with the idea and I am convinced the time is right to hear from school business leaders as the country decides which …

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Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre

Managing change is a key skill for school leaders. Even more so in the current funding climate where we have to make tough decisions. This blog looks at the importance of communication during times of change.  I was talking to Gary my network manager recently  about the importance of letting colleagues know when their computers …

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Train to teach with us in Britain’s second city

  My school, Bordesley Green Girls’ School and Sixth Form works with the Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance (BCTSA) alongside a further 50 primary and secondary schools. Its a great place to start your teaching career and our alliance has a long and successful record of initial teacher training. We are pleased to be working with BCTSA and …

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The trampoline effect

If you follow me on twitter where I opine regularly as @MidlandsSBM, then you have probably realised that I believe in the power of collaboration. It’s a passion of mine and why I enjoy working in/for/with multiple different organisations. I work for charities, schools, social enterprises & also, on occasion, big business; but the thing …

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