Education Executive has partnered with friend of Education Executive, Laura Williams to share some of her fantastic podcasts with our audience. Laura’s podcasts offer inspiration and actionable tips, tricks and techniques from school business leaders, advocates of school business leaders and of course, Laura herself! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

School Business Leadership Podcast with Laura Williams

In this podcast series, we’re talking all things school leadership, finance, governance, HR and everything in between including things like imposter syndrome, personal journeys into and within the profession and professional development.

School business leaders are superheroes and this podcast is not only about sharing knowledge and expertise but to also shine a light on the amazing work that they do.

Latest Podcast

How To Plan Your Procurement Timetable

Lorraine Ashover, Director of Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services, returns for the third episode of the Summer of CPD podcast series!

She joins me to share her tips on how to plan your procurement timetable.

How long should it take? How long could it take? How long should each stage of the process last for?

We’ve got the answers for you in today’s episode!

Past Episodes

Budget Setting & Monitoring 

In the second episode of the Summer of CPD podcast series, Marcus Peedell and Sean Clark from School Business Services join me to talk about the things you need to consider when setting your budget and monitoring your expenditure. 

We talk about why consistency is key, why change is inevitable and how we can make sure we’re flexible when it counts. 

And if you’re listening to this episode and feeling a little bit lost, stay tuned until the end to find out how I can help!

How To Achieve Inbox Zero

Leyla Tovey and Richard Page from SBS join me to talk about the holy grail of SBL life… Inbox Zero!

We talk starting points, sorting and strategies to maintain it as well as the impact a tidy inbox can have on your mental wellbeing. 

Also, stay tuned until the end to find out my Inbox status and what Leyla and Richard think of that!

What Is The Role Of A SBL?

Cheryl Campbell, Kemi Arogundade and Helen Burge from ABBLed join me for the third and final part of a special series of podcasts discussing the hot topics that SBLs are dealing with right now.

In Part 3, we’re talking about what the role of SBL is all about, the three core elements – day to day, reactionary and strategic – how to unpack the ISBL standards, the SBL role in relation to change and developing culture and why you’re actually more strategic than you think…

SBL Wellbeing – Top Tips

Kemi Arogundade, Sally Boaden and Husham Khan from ABBLed join me for the second in a special series of podcasts discussing the hot topics that SBLs are dealing with right now.

In Part 2, we’re talking all things SBL wellbeing and we have a lot to say! We talk about the power of saying no, how you can take control of your workload, the hidden powers of your diary, how to tame your inbox plus what we should be doing to help our future selves…

Financial Management Post-COVID

Laura is joined by Cheryl Campbell, Kemi Arogundade, and Husham Khan from ABBLed for the first in a special series of podcasts discussing the hot topics that SBLs are dealing with right now.

In Part 1, they talk all things post-Covid finance – digging into insurance and contracts and lettings, as well as risk management, pupil numbers and contingencies. It’s a good one!

Advice & Support for Aspiring SBMs

Emma Burditt, an Aspiring School Business Manager, joins Laura to talk about her discovery of and journey into the profession, her experiences so far, and her advice for her fellow Aspiring SBMs.

Your Career & CPD – How To Decide What’s Next

Laura talks about all things career paths and CPD plans. Think of this as a mini-coaching session, talking you through a process to help you to figure out how you feel about where you’re at, where you want to go and of course, how you’re going to get there!

It’s time to grab a pad, a pen, and a brew – and take some time out to reflect…

Why SBLs are vital to the success of a school

Vicki Manning, Headteacher, talks about her amazing School Business Manager, how they have built a strong relationship & why the School Business Manager role is essential to the success of a school. Listen to the episode now!

7 Tips for Good Estates Management

Claire Walters, Academy Business Manager, joins me to share 7 tips to help you manage your school site safely and efficiently. We talk site managers, systems, schedules and contractors. You will definitely need a pad and a pen for this one!

Moving From Primary To Secondary

Jonny Coates, Business and Finance Director, joins me to talk about making the move from primary to secondary, the jaw-dropping challenges that came with it and the lessons he learned along the way….

The One With The Q&A – About Me

You asked and I answered…  Today, it’s me in the hot seat answering your questions! Talking about my life as a SBL, my journey to SBL coach, supporter and champion and everything in between…

The Importance of CPD for SBL’s

Ally Bigwood, joins me to talk about his school business leadership journey, the value of CPD and what it’s really like to be a School Business Manager!

GDPR: A Collaborative Model

Lisa Murphy, school business manager, talks about the collaborative approach her school cluster have taken to GDPR and the Data Protection Officer structure. She talks about how they did it and shares tips on how you can do it too!

Six strategic tools for SBLs

Helen Burge, deputy chief operations officer, shares six tools to help SBLs have more strategic conversations with their head and SLT… or as we like to call it, ‘The One With All The Tools’.

How to tackle imposter syndrome

Shirley Si Ahmed, school business manager, talks about the challenges of having never worked in a school, how she tackled imposter syndrome and why SBLs are real-life superheroes.

Five things SBL’s need to know about procurement

Lorraine Ashover, director of Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services, tells me why she wanted to work in the education sector, how she got into procurement and why it can be a tricky area to navigate.

How to hit the ground running without a handover

Sara Poultney, school business manager, shares nine hot handover tips. If you’re new to your school or you’re about to start your first school business manager role, this episode is for you!

Trailer – What’s it all about?

Welcome to the show about all things School Business Leadership! If it doesn’t involve teaching children, then I can guarantee we’ll be talking about it here! Finance, HR, governance and everything in between. If you’re a school business manager, headteacher, senior leader, governor actually, any type of school leader (!) – aspiring, new or experienced – and you want to learn more about the ‘business of education’ then this podcast is for you.