School Business Leadership, School Business Manager

Let it Snow!

I've been up since just before 6am this morning when I was woken by a bus company telephoning to ask me if the school would be open today as his drivers were setting off shortly. Although I'm not generally known as a morning person, (even the dogs have learned to keep their distance and maintain… Continue reading Let it Snow!

School Business Leadership, School Business Manager

Post-Audit Blues

It's been a weird week. The auditors were in. My blog story went live on Amazon in Kindle and paperback. Jack went back to University. I've had fire alarms, complaining parents, a million emails to deal with (aka delete) and an ever-growing mountain of backlog sneering at me from a pile on my desk. I… Continue reading Post-Audit Blues

School Business Leadership

Ask Anna – How long should I wait?

Dear Anna, I applied for an exciting new job three weeks ago, and I've been constantly checking my emails ever since. After two telephone calls and four emails I've been firmly told that "the hiring manager will contact applicants they want to bring to interview." Does it really take this long for managers to arrange… Continue reading Ask Anna – How long should I wait?

School Business Leadership

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. 

School Business Leadership

Ask Anna – The End of the Summer

Dear Anna, I love my job as an SBM, but I absolutely hate going back after the summer holiday. It's got so bad that again this year I know I will I spend the whole last week of the summer feeling anxious and worrying about all the work I've got to do when we start back,… Continue reading Ask Anna – The End of the Summer

School Business Leadership

Ask Anna – MATs and the SBM

Dear Anna, I saw your tips to Newbie SBM and I'm hoping you'll be able to give me some advice. I have been SBM at my school for 5 years and know that Governors and SLT are starting to talk about joining a MAT next year. I'm worried about what this is going to mean… Continue reading Ask Anna – MATs and the SBM

School Business Leadership

Ask Anna – Tips for a new SBM

Dear Anna, I've been working as a Finance Officer for 5 years and I have been promoted to School Business Manager (in the same school) from September. We are a small Academy. I'm excited, but I'm not getting a 'handover' and reality is starting to kick in now and I'm getting nervous. Any tips to help… Continue reading Ask Anna – Tips for a new SBM