School Business Leadership, School Business Manager

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

School Business Leadership, School Business Manager

I want to go Global!

You know you’ve had some effective professional development when you are still mulling the event over in your head well over a week later, knowing that you have already implemented some of the “quick wins” into your own practice and thinking about who might work with you to implement some of the more complex suggestions.… Continue reading I want to go Global!

School Business Leadership, School Business Manager

Why don’t we listen?

You know how when you're slicing carrots and you're getting to the green shoot end and your brain tells you to stop chopping before you chop your finger off? And you know how when you're driving along and see a group of children on the pavement, your brain tells you to slow right down just… Continue reading Why don’t we listen?

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Ask Anna – Should I join Twitter?

Dear Anna, I enjoy using social media personally but I'm nervous about using it for work. I'm now beginning to hear about the opportunities for CPD, support and wellbeing available on Twitter for SBMs. Should I join in? Apprehensive SBM Dear Apprehensive SBM, I know exactly how you feel because until 2017 I felt the… Continue reading Ask Anna – Should I join Twitter?

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Ask Anna – Presentation of Financial Data

Dear Anna, How do you present financial data to your Governors? Norma SBM Dear Norma, Before I start could I just give a shout out to anyone who isn't an SBM and has just fallen across this post in all innocence. Back away slowly if I were you. This post is going to be major… Continue reading Ask Anna – Presentation of Financial Data

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Ask Anna – Tips for SBMs starting in new roles. 

Dear Anna, you've written some tips for new SBMs, got any for the experienced SBM moving into a new school this year? MovingSBM Dear MovingSBM, Moving schools is a hugely exciting time for an SBM. You've been through the whole rigorous interview process, broached with the Boss about why you've applied to move on, been offered… Continue reading Ask Anna – Tips for SBMs starting in new roles. 

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Anna’s USP

I received an email today notifying me of a posting on an SBM Forum. This platform has been quiet over the summer so it was the first one for a while but it prompted me to ask myself; How does the new AskAnnaSBM project sit alongside this? What is going to be different about the… Continue reading Anna’s USP