What seminars and speakers can we expect?

Seminars are expert-led and address the pressing matters impacting the education sector and school business management. Sessions cover finance, funding and income generation, marketing, premises, management and all the acronyms – CPD, HR, ICT, GDPR…Plus, we’ve added an academy stream.

Speakers include practicing business managers, finance and trust directors, CEOs, CFOs, independent consultants...all sector experts and all on-hand to ensure that you have access to the information that you need.

Seminar topics are subject to change. Visit the site regularly to keep up-to-date with the latest.

Effective staff recruitment and retention

Katie Newell, Head of content and PR eTeach

Leadership: developing a ‘coaching culture’

Andrew Blench, school business management consultant, School Business Partner

Making a move from a maintained school to a MAT

Headteacher James Roach and business manager Sharon Carlyon, Laurance Haines Primary School

Overcoming financial pressures and budgetary uncertainty

Paul Leigh, CFO, Focus Trust 

Demonstrating impact and gaining recognition as an SBM

Laura Williams, education business and operations consultant at LJ Business Consultancy Ltd.

Restructuring in schools; minimising the effects on your workforce

Merlyn Vlotman, HR consultant, Strictly Education

A view from the Engine Room

Our very own engineer; Emma Gray, business manager and finance director

Culinary delights: reassessing your school’s catering provision

Brian Herbert, business manager, and Mark Passarelli, catering manager, Ferrars, Junior School

Pupils at a premium; making your spend count

Neil Clephan OBE, school improvement director for the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance and Trust

School IT; why your current IT should be delivering more

Kevin Robinson, services architect, RM Education

Blue Ocean strategy for MAT leadership

Stephen Mitchell
chief operating officer
The Spencer Academies Trust


In it to win it; strategic fund-raising

Justin Smith, MD, Chameleon Training and Consultancy

Measuring and increasing staff wellbeing

Speaker to be announced

The Big Debate

Rethinking school business management and leadership and debunking the myth of the glass ceiling

The face of school business management and leadership is changing. More autonomy, increased responsibility, higher demand, greater expectations, changing support mechanisms, decreasing funding, spiralling on-costs and centralisation by growing MATs; effective school business management for the future may require us to rethink current approaches and develop models and frameworks more suited to evolving operational structures.

What skills will you need going forward to drive improvement and ensure a sustainable future for your school? Further, what avenues of career progression are and will be available – and how can you best position yourself to take advantage of the right opportunities for you?

In June’s debate, our panel – soon to be announced – will unpick these questions and more.