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This course can be tailored to your individual requirements

Giving headteachers time to lead: Maximising the partnership with your school business manager (SBM)

The course will look at the role of the Headteacher as leader in partnership with the school business manager. It will look at how the partnership can maximise time for more effective school leadership whilst improving cost efficiency; leaving the headteacher free to reinvest time in what really matters; the education of pupils.

The course will outline the benefits of a School Business Manager (SBM) within a primary school. An explanation will be given of what a School Business Manager does and the areas within which the School Business Manager can lead. Details of how the partnership saves time and money, and generates funds for your school will be discussed and illustrated. This is a crucial working partnership which should help to drive the modern primary school forward effectively.

The National College has run 35 demonstrational projects… “The projects have found that headteachers with access to school business managers report reduced workloads, with higher-level school business manager role having a potential to free up 33% of their time. There is also evidence that the new roles are allowing schools to release funds by maximising existing resources and engaging clusters of schools to work together strategically”.
School Financial Management Issue 113 April 2010.

It has also been found that School business managers not only create improvements by freeing up the headteacher, but they are also having a positive impact on the learning environment for pupils.

“More than half of the 750 heads questioned by ICM for the college said their SBM has developed better quality premises (52 percent) over a quarter have seen improved teaching and learning resources (26 per cent) and over one in six have seen more, or better quality, extra curricular activities (15 per cent)”.
Leadership news Page 4 LDR leadership development review March 2010.

Course Overview

The course will outline the benefits of a School Business Manager (SBM) within a primary school. An explanation will be given of what a School Business Manager does and the areas within which the School Business Manager can lead. Details of how the partnership saves time and money, and generates funds for your school will be discussed and illustrated. This is a crucial working partnership which should help to drive the modern primary school forward effectively.

Course Objectives

Heads and Deputies will be able to go back to their own schools and consider their roles and responsibilities and how they can make effective changes so that they can focus on directing learning and not spreading themselves too thinly. The course will look at:

  • What is a School Business Manager.
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of the SBM.
  • The areas of the school business within which the School Business Manager can lead.
  • The benefits of the School Business Manager; (SBM) within primary schools.
  • How the partnership of the headteacher and the SBM can maximise time efficiency, save money and generate funds for the school. Illustrations will be given.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

  • Introductions and learning objectives.
  • Roles and responsibilities.
  • ‘But I don’t have anyone who can do that…!’
  • Review of current practice in your school.
  • Problem sharing.

Session 2

  • Revisit identified needs and issues.
  • What is a SBM?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of a SBM.
  • Case Study – an expert in the field.

Session 3

  • Delegation or distribution?
  • Task: What are the benefits?
  • Feedback.
  • Case Study: Grove House.

Session 4

  • Affordability.
  • Future actions.
  • Questions.
  • Objective check.
  • Evaluation.
As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date we reserve the right to update alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Tutor information and feedback

Tutors: Mick (Cert. Ed. MSc.)

Mick is an experienced Headteacher with a track record of successful effective school leadership. He has had twenty years experience in Middle schools and has spent the last thirteen years in Primary. He is a hands – on Headteacher who is clearly focussed about roles and responsibilities and the effective utilisation of other people and their skills. He believes deeply in invitational distributed leadership rather than delegation. He is insistent that if there is someone else who has the knowledge and skill to do a better job than himself . . . then they should be given space to lead, shine and do it. He is passionate about VFM and how the school environment impacts on young children and their learning.

Suzanne (Alnst. AM (Dip))

Suzanne is an experienced School Business Manager and an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team. Having spent eleven years in banking in her previous career, she has now gained twelve years experience working in a primary school, the last ten as a Business Manager. Suzanne was one of the first cohorts to train specifically for this role and for this qualification. She believes strongly in the role and the benefits it brings to the school through effective business management, whole school awareness and the ‘outside’ view that can be brought to the Senior Leadership Team. The role also allows the headteacher to focus on school leadership, school development, children, the curriculum and raising standards. As part of her role is overall school office management, her experience and foresight is invaluable in the development of the office team as part of the whole school team.

Feedback:

  • “People leading the training are clearly doing this, rather than just talking about it”
  • “Fantastic ideas to see in place and can see it works”
  • “I have asked my SBM to book herself on this training- I wish we’d come together!”
  • “Thank you for making the training real- humorous and making me feel that I am not alone in some of the issues we face daily”.
  • “The training was very well delivered …it was especially useful to see the role from SBM and HT positions“
  • “Real life good practice being shared”
  • “Very useful content and has given me a lot to think about [strongest features of the training] having a business manager putting across her role within her school as opposed to the HT” (School Business manager attending the course).
  • [strongest features of the training] “Personalised insight into the role of the SBM (specifics of the job and how they are undertaken)” (HT attending with prospective SBM).

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