Proud to be a trustee of the new Institute of School Business Leadership

We launched the new logo for the Institute of School Business Leadership at NASBM’s final national conference this morning.

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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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Apprenticeships for SBLs – good or bad?

Earlier today, NASBM issued an update concerning the status of apprenticeships for school business professionals (SBP) The text of that update is produced below. I hope you will take the time to read it. At first glance it might seem a little dry but it contains some important points. On the plus side, there will …

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Professional Membership Grades Revealed

The National Association of School Business Management has announced the list of new membership grades which will apply when it converts to the Institute of School Business Leadership at the end of November. The new institute, which will quickly become known as the ISBL, will have five professional membership grades when it launches. Existing full NASBM …

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Oscars for school business management

A while back, I created an image of a medal that echoed the New Year Honours and tagged folks on Twitter I thought should be recognised for the support they have given the school business leadership profession.  We had a bit of fun and, via the medium of Twitter l, got to say thank you …

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500 most frequently occurring words in school names

What’s in a name? You can tell a lot about the culture and history of a nation from how it names its streets, towns and public institutions. Remarkable achievements can be commemorated in a name or erased by simply changing a sign. Edubase, the Department of Education’s online database of schools, colleges and education institutions contains …

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There are over 150 job titles for school and university leaders (and most of them are probably named Sarah or David!)

A brief delve into Edubase this week revealed a couple of interesting statistics. School leaders are most likely to be called Sarah or David but you have little chance of accurately guessing their actual job title. This is because there are over 150 different job titles listed in the DfE’s online database. OK, so some …

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Beware of the echo chamber

A picture appeared in my Facebook feed this morning that is a timely reminder for us all to be aware of the echo chamber effect. I’ve reproduced it later in this blog. It reminded me that the views and opinions we receive via social media are, adverts aside, ones we have chosen to see. Our contacts …

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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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Who are the DUP?

In the last of my animations, one I did not expect to be producing, I outline the main policy aims of the Democratic Unionist Party. As a result of last Thursday’s general election, they now hold the balance of power under ‘supply and confidence’ arrangements and will support Theresa May as she seeks to get …

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