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’ in your school

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

Strategic procurement; the DfE's Schools Buying Strategy

David Allen, ISBL Fellow and Schools Commercial Team, DfE

Post-May 25: ensuring GDPR success

Dai Durbridge, partner and education specialist, Browne Jacobson LLP

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, LJ Business Consultancy Ltd

Restructuring in schools; minimising the effects on your workforce

Merlyn Vlotman, HR consultant, Strictly Education

Culinary delights: reassessing your school’s catering provision

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

How to help your school save money, keep children safe and raise attainment

Mark Bentley, online safety and safeguarding manager, and Jo Dilworth, SEND and inclusion consultant, at LGfL

Pupils at a premium; making your spend count

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

School ICT; how and why your current IT could be delivering more

Kevin Robinson, services architect, RM Education

MAT leadership - how to create a strategy that makes you stand out from the rest

Stephen Mitchell, COO, The Spencer Academies Trust

In it to win it; strategic fund-raising

Justin Smith, Chameleon Training and Consultancy

Get your health and safety hard-hat on! Creating the right H&S culture in your school

David Taylor, health and safety research and development officer, Xact

IT Procurement: insight on the best IT procurement practice

John Jackson, CEO, at London Grid for Learning

The Big Debate Rethinking school business management and leadership; future proofing the role of the SBL

This is an exciting time – 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. More SBLs are considering ‘next steps’ now.

It’s a time for questioning: What area(s) do you want to focus on? What skills will you need going forward to drive improvement and ensure a sustainable future for your school – and for you, professionally? Further, what avenues of career progression are and will be available to you? And, how can you best position yourself to take advantage of the right opportunities for you?

In June’s debate, our panel will unpick these questions and more.

Panellists will explore how the role of the SBM is evolving – dramatically; the need for professionalisation – which includes networking – regionally and nationally, training, embracing leadership and responsibility for decision-making; the opportunities that are arising for those in the sector, the appeal of these to employees in other sectors and the inevitable competition for SBL roles that may come with this.

Have a question that you would like to submit to the panel? Please, email Marie – all submissions will be completely anonymous.