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.
Laura Williams, Consultant, LJ Consultancy
Confidence and clarity
Do you know when to say yes – or no – in your role? It’s time to stop going unheard and unrecognised. This seminar centres on confidence: knowing who you are, what you do and what you bring to the table. It may be that you’ve been overlooked for so long that you’re uncomfortably comfortable in a lesser role, or that the job – or employer – is no longer right for you but you’re scared to move on.Explore this seminar
Naomi Clews, Consultant, Naomi Clews Consultancy
Leverage and price negotiation
Given all of the recent the political unrest, the expectation is that prices will keep on rising; in this seminar, Naomi Clews will explain different costing models, what the impact could be on the price of goods and services and how to limit price increases. She will also dive into a variety of negotiation tips and tactics, how to implement them with confidence and how to ensure you effectively use every penny of your budget when procuring.Explore this seminar
Paul Leigh, CFO, Focus Trust
Benchmarking: not a solution, but a tool
In the drive to continuously squeeze more from the limited resources schools have, benchmarking can play a key part. It is not a solution in its own right but, rather, a tool that can lead to insight, changed practices and improved efficiency. Paul Leigh’s seminar will focus on identifying what benchmarking can do for your school’s own situation, how to dig into the benefits and, most importantly, how to actually achieve those benefits.Explore this seminar
Sue Birchall, Business Manager, The Malling School
Busting the myth of 'pointless' long-term budget planning
Budgets keep getting tighter and schools are constantly having to figure out innovative ways to save and spend their money. This can lead to the belief that long-term budget planning in schools is a pointless, hopeless endeavour – but that’s not the case. Developing a long-term plan is vital; it’s just a case of thinking outside the box and being determined to maintain a road map to success. In this seminar, Sue Birchall guides us through the art of planning those budgets strategically, matching them to the curriculum and broadening your school’s financial scope through fundraising, parental contributions and more.Explore this seminar
Kelly Hannaghan, Wellbeing Associate, Lessness Heath primary & Kate O'Connor, Headteacher at Lessness Heath primary
Creating whole-school wellbeing
How important is wellbeing within your school? Where does it stop; at the pupils or the staff? Could you take it further? Kelly and Kate's seminar brings together real-world experience to educate delegates on why wellbeing and mental health awareness within education is so important. In this interactive session, Kelly and Kate will tell inspiring stories of schools which have been vastly improved through a focus on whole-school wellbeing, while explaining the strategies that allowed them to achieve that – meaning delegates leave with practical advise to take to their own schools.Explore this seminar
Eithne Graham, Organisation and Professional Development, University of Dundee
Developing emotionally intelligent leadership
Self-awareness and an understanding of your ‘drivers’ and ego states can enable you to build an adaptable, flexible attitude. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) can be defined as the ability to identify, use, understand and manage emotions in an effective and positive way. Developing and improving your EQ may help you to communicate better, reduce stress, improve relationships, and effectively overcome challenges. Beginning with self-awareness, developing your own EQ can greatly influence how successfully you lead others.Explore this seminar
Emma Gray, finance director, Marling School
Training your governors
How close is your relationship, as a school business manager, to your school governors or trustees? Are they on the same page as you when it comes to the inner workings of the school and its finances? There can be an information gulf between the SBM and the governors, so is the onus on the SBM to ensure that’s not the case? As an SRMA, Emma has explored the financial challenges between school leaders and trustees and the negative impact it can have in a school when it is deemed insufficient.Explore this seminar
Cate Hart, School Business Leadership Consultant
Ending contracts - the do's and don't's
Cate Hart's seminar will focus on the types of contract-ending that most often need to happen – such as illness, dismissal due to redundancy, staff changes or restructuring – and how it can be done in a way that is both compassionate and, more importantly, legal. She will also touch on both preparing for the contract to end and the aftermath of it ending, as well as what not to do.Explore this seminar