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School business management

Sue Birchall

SBMs, don't look back in anger

From budgets and academisation to the NASBM professional standards, here’s what we can learn from the last twelve months but also what we can expect looking forward. As we broke up for the summer the announcement that the government was to honour the promise of a national funding formula (NFF) came...
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Alex Masters

Academy conversion: how SBMs can prepare

Could your school be considering converting to an academy? We offer expert advice on how school business managers can feel prepared. Despite the recent government U-turn on academisation, the prospect of academy conversion is still inevitable for many and SBMs are concerned about life without LA...
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Alex Masters

How to save your school money: small changes with a big impact

Imminent changes to school funding, tighter budgets and higher expectations… the pressure is on. Our exclusive report suggests simple ways your school could save hundreds of pounds. The recent news about a grammar school asking parents to pay for their children’s exams is yet another example of how...
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Alex Masters

SBMs: Why 2016 could be your most significant year

The school business management profession is a varied and challenging one but a new set of professional standards will set the SBM role on a path to dramatic growth. Stephen Morales, NASBM CEO, discusses the future of professional development for SBMs in his interview with Alex Masters. Someone...
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Alex Masters

NASBM awards celebrate SBM transformation

The recent NASBM awards ceremony showed how dramatically the role of the SBM has changed. But there is still more to be done to promote understanding. The education landscape is in a constant state of flux: from policy change and academy growth to MATs expansion and LA contraction. These changes...
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Alex Masters

SBMs: we need to talk!

Many SBMs are worried about their relationship with the SLT. Alex Masters invites you to a new live forum where you can talk openly about your concerns and get expert advice. ‘I’m going to come out and say it. I love my business manager.’ This was the confession from a primary headteacher in his...
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Alex Masters

Bravo to the NASBM awards: celebrating our unsung heroes

Optimus content lead Alex Masters supports the crucial role of the SBM and welcomes this year’s NASBM awards . It’s distressing to hear a grown man crying on the phone. This was someone I’d never spoken to before: a school business manager sitting alone in his office and at his wit’s end. This SBM...
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Alex Masters

NASBM and the Professional Standards Framework

NASBM are currently consulting on their Professional Standards Framework: this could be transformational for school business managers. Optimus content lead, Alex Masters reports. We have heard some depressing stories over recent months: SBMs have told us how they often feel disrespected and...
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