Our seminars are a chance to learn, boost your skills and network with like-minded peers. The day includes a wide range of relevant advice, insight and inspiration to suit the nebulous nature of the SBM role. Seminars and panel debates will cover a broad array of subjects including collaboration, marketing, income generation, moving to the cloud, leadership skills and much, much more.

EdExec LIVE is timetabled to ensure you get the most of your day – we understand the value of flexibility, so you get to attend the mix of sessions that best suits your needs and the needs of you school. 

To make session selection easy to navigate we have broken them down into sets – so you know where you want to go

Spend, save, strategiseGrowth/developmentTechnology mattersSurvival of the fittest
Here you will find practical sessions on finance and funding, income generation, collaborative procurement and implementing smooth operations

Playing the long-game: a solution based session on strategic budget planning
Sue Birchall, financial controller, Leigh Academy Trust
A solution-based session on strategic budget planning. Those responsible for their school's finances know the importance of developing long-term budgets; they also know the difficulties of doing so where there's a lack of certainty and clarity! This practical seminar looks at innovative ways to develop strategies for long-term, whole school budget planning. An interactive session, it offers advice on how you can implement a strategy for the future – whether you gained or lost through the national funding formula. Use the session to share ideas, suggestions and plans on managing long term budget issues and discover the power of using solution-based approaches.
Effective financial management of your premises, IT and inventory and contracts
Tim Roots, CEO, Parago and Helena Walbrook, Director of finance, Synaptic Trust
Properly utilised, your premises can offer a path to better financial health. Parago director Tim Roots explores how schools and federations can achieve substantial cost and efficiency savings in a sector suffering from flat cash and rising costs. He addresses issues high on the agenda of both the EFA and FASNA including: - fraud through asset misappropriation; - sharing resources across local schools; - providing central ICT and Premises services; - MAT/school federation procurement strategies; - unified and streamlined contract management; - reducing finance staff workload and saving on auditor costs; - room and property letting.
Spotlight on external relations
Richard Harrison, director of community engagement, Regent High School
Richard Harrison is the director of community engagement at Regent High School which is the first school member – and only secondary school member – of the King's Cross Knowledge Quarter, a consortium of 59 knowledge-led, knowledge-rich organisations within a one mile radius of the British Library. The school is well-positioned to forge lasting relationships with local organisations and has extensive partnerships which create numerous opportunities for students. In this session Richard discusses the importance of developing such relationships, the central role they can play in delivering a broad education and how you can develop such relationships with those in your area.
Pupils at a premium – do the right thing; show that you're doing it
Neil Clephan, NLE, Red Kite School Alliance
In this practical, interactive workshop former head Neil Clephan explores how heads and SBMs can use this vital funding to demonstrate value for money and shows how published Pupil Premium Plans have made the greatest impact on Ofsted Make sure you bring/ have access to your current PP plan to get maximum benefit from this workshop and learn how to make sure that not only is your PP funding used effectively to ‘diminish the difference’ in outcomes for your disadvantaged pupils but your evidence of benefit is also clear, focused and Ofsted-ready. *Note: This is a practical workshop; delegates are advised – for maximum benefit – to bring, or have access, to their current PP plan
Effective site and facilities staffing management
Eddy Guyatt, member of the field officer team at Strictly Education
Making sure site management operates efficiently and effectively is an important part of the SBM role. However, it’s becoming increasingly difficult as budgets tighten and the pressure to reduce overheads increases. The challenge is finding dependable staff who are competent to manage the maintenance, opening/closing and cleaning of the premises; where this fails, it’s often the SBM who steps in to cover unexpected absence or answer an alarm call at 3am! This session looks at the role of the site manager and examines the options available to SBMs – to save money and ensure school premises are efficiently run at all times.
These sessions will be aspirational and seek to provide the foundations for growth – both professional and personal – in terms of CPD, leadership and management

You make your own luck
Nicky Gillhespy, chief operating officer, LEO multi-academy trust
Having recently joined a MAT, and changed role from school business manager to chief operating officer, Nicky Gillhespy shares her experiences and the many tips she picked up on what was a steep learning curve. Nicky brings her unique knowledge and irrepressible optimism and reminds us that - whatever the situation - if you have confidence in yourself you can find a way to make it happen!
Cutting the cost of absence
Merlyn Vlotman , HR consultant at Strictly Education
Is staff absence the bane of your life? The work, disruption, ill-feeling and expense generated by staff absence in schools is a real problem. We all know how important it is conserve funds and are well aware of the financial and organisational impact staff absence can have if not managed well. This session will explore ways to minimise the cost and effects of absence, looking at the importance of ongoing monitoring and early intervention for persistent short term absentees and the effective management of longer term absence issues. Can you afford not to attend?
Effective team management
Helen Kneale, consultant and trainer, HK Consulting
Staff are schools' biggest expense schools but, equally, their greatest resource. Effectively managing your team – optimising input to maximise output – is a key skill for school business leaders but, truth to tell, many people promoted into leadership positions in all walks of life are poorly prepared to carry out this crucial role effectively. Think about the staff managing people in your own school; hand on heart, how many of them are really skilled at the task? In this session we look at how you can encourage staff to work more efficiently and lead your team to success.
Look after your staff and they will look after you
Andrew Cowley, deputy headteacher at Orchard Primary School in Sidcup, co-founder of @HealthyToolkit
How is your school addressing the issue of wellbeing amongst your staff? Is it fair and equitable or haphazard and unplanned? By approaching wellbeing from a principled and values driven perspective rather than treating it as a tick-box exercise, schools can motivate their staff to work at their full potential. In this session Andrew Cowley, deputy headteacher at Orchard Primary School in Sidcup, tackles wellbeing from a practical viewpoint, drawing from the experience of a small London primary school.
Technology is designed to make our lives easier. Sessions in this stream explore the technology there to aid business management, streamline processes and perhaps save you a pretty penny

Let’s talk about VoIP
Raza Baloch, CEO, Into the cloud
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is also known as cloud telephony, hosted telephony and a lot more. Do you really know what that means? With public sector spending in decline, announcements from BT about proposed changes to traditional telephony as well as changes in the way in which staff are working, communicating and collaborating, this session is a must attend to get a clearer understanding of all of the features, benefits and cost savings available to your school. Interested? Join Raza Baloch to find out more.
Effective financial management of your premises, IT and inventory and contracts
TIM ROOTS, CEO, PARAGO AND HELENA WALBROOK, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, SYNAPTIC TRUST
Properly utilised, your premises can offer a path to better financial health. Parago director Tim Roots explores how schools and federations can achieve substantial cost and efficiency savings in a sector suffering from flat cash and rising costs. He addresses issues high on the agenda of both the EFA and FASNA including: - fraud through asset misappropriation; - sharing resources across local schools; - providing central ICT and Premises services; - MAT/school federation procurement strategies; - unified and streamlined contract management; - reducing finance staff workload and saving on auditor costs; - room and property letting.
Sessions in this category explore innovative answers to difficulties in the education sector – essentially providing you with ideas how you can future-proof your school

See me...hear me...
Justin Smith, MD of Chameleon training and consultancy
Are you aware that your school is a brand – and that this brand has a voice? Many schools have been slow to understand this fact of 21st century school life and think 'branding' only applies to soulless products. Not true; your brand is your ethos writ large. So, what does your school say to prospective students, parents and teachers? Justin Smith explores how you can harness marketing to boost your school's reputation in the community, attract, recruit and retain new students and teachers, and, importantly, how you can maximise the impact of your marketing budget.
Knights of the roundtable
Gillian Allcroft, deputy chief executive of the National Governors’ Association (NGA)
The decision-making process in schools and academies is complicated and multi-layered and governing boards are at the heart of this process - are you working well with yours? Are they working well for you? There's a strong body of research showing that high-performing schools have strong and tuned-in governors. In this session Gillian Allcroft, deputy chief executive of the National Governors’ Association, looks at the role of the governing body in the thorny area of school finance and, importantly, shows how you can open up a productive, two-way dialogue between you and your school's governing board.
A winning bid
Lucy Jones, copywriter, Pebble
Schools are treading a financial tightrope and all forms of income generation are welcome. Do you know what grants are out there and how to successfully apply for them? Pebble helps schools generate additional income. Gain practical expert advice in this session and learn valuable business skills such as marketing and entrepreneurship. In the current financial climate SBMs and heads need to go beyond traditional fundraising approaches and develop new ways of thinking. Pebble will share the knowledge, tools and support you need to make a real, tangible difference to the lives of your students.
The price is right
Caroline Collins, specialist leader of education, head of school business strategy and resources at Miles Coverdale Primary School
School budgets are stretched, and yet the show must go on. How can schools tread the financial tight rope and procure the products and services needed? In this session Caroline Collins, head of school business strategy and resources at Miles Coverdale Primary School, shares her tried and tested approach. Caroline will discuss: the procedures and policies she introduced for procurement of services and resources; how to make use of the internet and local groups to achieve VfM; the use of benchmarking data to analyse spend; working with budget holders, and, importantly, best practice when it comes to avoiding wastage
*Event seminar topics are subject to change. Re-visit the site regularly to see the latest information about speakers and seminar topics.


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