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 (workshop with limited capacity)
Do you know when to say yes – or no – in your role? It’s time to stop going unheard and unrecognised. This workshop 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 workshop
Dr Sandi Mann, BSc MSc PhD
Dealing with Mental Health
During the session Dr Sandi will be covering:
- What causes mental ill health?
- Spotting the conditions and symptoms of mental ill health.
- Key skills for managing mental health in the workplace, including: How to listen. What to say. The types of interventions that work best.
- Introduction to a range of practical support and resources
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
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
Bradley Dardis, Learning Resource Consultant & Mubina Asaria, Online Safeguarding Consultant
How to help your school save money, keep children safe and raise attainment
London Grid for Learning (LGfL), a not-for-profit charitable trust, dedicated to using technology to enhance teaching and learning. In this session, the team at LGfL will share their insights – gained from hands-on experience of the sector – and explore the innovative solutions which are revolutionising the way schools work by offering insights into a number of successful initiatives.Explore this seminar
Phil Burton, SBM, Hallbrook Primary School
Community engagement is key
How involved in the community is your school? In this seminar, Phil Burton, SBM at Hallbrook Primary School, will dive into the reasons why engaging with the broader community is so important - both for strengthening relationships and for securing additional revenue streams for your school. Education can be slow to respond in its engagement, and Phil believes that not enough school leadership professionals focus on the wider perspective.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
Jenny Nugent, Commercial Agreement Manager at Crown Commercial Service & Catherine Kelsall, School Engagement Lead at Department for Education
Negotiate your way to savings on the cost of supply staff
This practical session will help you to gain control when hiring additional temporary staff – such as supply teachers – and learn how to shift the balance of power away from agencies and back to schools with transparency and greater knowledge. Crown Commercial Service (CCS) works closely with the Department for Education (DfE) to help schools and academies of all sizes reduce their running costs.Explore this seminar
Richard Harrison, Director of Community Engagment, Regent High School
There's an adage specific to SBMs which one often sees bandied about in the Twitter community – no SBM is an island – but it can often feel that this is not the case. However, taking advantage of the opportunities around you can make all the difference in how you feel about your professional position in life.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
Graham Shaw, Consultant, Wrigleys
The charity governance code and you
In this seminar, Graham will explain what it means for a school or academy trust to be an exempt charity and how the Charity Governance Code can assist in complying with charity law, developing high standards of governance and informing the role of school business managers and professionals. He will take each principle of the code and explain why it's important, the key outcomes that should be observed and the recommended practice.Explore this seminar
Charles Hooker, Filestream Ltd – PFU a Fujitsu company partner
Document management: A gateway to an efficiency revolution
Having long been involved with improving the day-to-day lives of those in the education sector, Filestream Ltd – PFU a Fujitsu company partner – will join us at EdExec LIVE to explain exactly why document management is such an incredible asset for school business leaders. Charles Hooker, MD of the business, will lead the seminar and discuss the myriad benefits of document management in schools.Explore this seminar
Andrew Blench, School Business Management Consultant and Coach, School Business Partner Limited
Coaching skills for line managers
There is a growing recognition in the pubic sector and within industry that having a ‘coaching culture’ in your organisation leads to higher levels of staff wellbeing and increased levels of productivity and effectiveness. Having line managers who can use coaching skills in their daily roles is a key component of having a coaching culture and schools are no different.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