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“Mr Hunt, this isn’t mission difficult…

At this time of year it is hard to do anything else than put one foot in front of the other. There is so much going on that I always resolve, for my own sanity, to just go with the flow. I'll try to avoid booking meetings in, I'll try not to leave some major… Continue reading “Mr Hunt, this isn’t mission difficult…

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School Business Leader Myths

There are a lot of Myths and Legends surrounding the role of the School Business Leader (I was going to call them 'untruths' but I thought I'd be a little more sensitive - not like me I know.) I heard two this week so I thought it would be interesting to write them down. The… Continue reading School Business Leader Myths

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Please could you explain that again Brian?

I'm a big fan of Brian Cox...but I have noticed that there are two problems. Problem number one is that when he is telling me something it makes perfect sense and I understand entirely, but when the programme has finished I am unable to recall the information with enough clarity to explain it to anyone… Continue reading Please could you explain that again Brian?

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School Business Leadership Truths

As with most aspects of life there are some unutterable truths to being a School Business Leader and, while I know that autonomy is the thing, in the same vein as Baz Luhrmann's song "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)", I feel the need to lay out these truths, as I see them, for SBLs. Enjoy… Continue reading School Business Leadership Truths

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School Business Leaders are AWESOME!

Six hours after our School Business Leader Development Day finished, I still want to start this blog with... TODAY WAS AWESOME!!!!!! Let me start at the beginning. The Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance (CETA) is a group of 5 secondary schools and 7 primary schools in Gloucestershire. It's highly proactive, it has achieved recognition for its… Continue reading School Business Leaders are AWESOME!

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Let them eat cake!

You only have to open your news app to read about child poverty in the UK. School Leaders see it every day and it is not limited to the inner cities or big estates, countryside poverty can be hidden in the blanket of a perceived "affluent" area. I've lived in the English countryside all my… Continue reading Let them eat cake!

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What does ‘Professional’ look like? Part 2

My recent blog questioning what the term ‘professional’ meant to the School Business Manager (here) produced some interesting conversation, making me feel like a journey to clarify some questions, opinions and thinking might be valuable. 1. Pay We are quite eloquent when it comes to our pay scale and there seem to be two camps. One… Continue reading What does ‘Professional’ look like? Part 2