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What can your school business professional do for you?

What can your school business professional do for you? The answer is no longer a simple one of just saving time and money. While these are obviously attractive benefits of the position for headteachers, the modern school business professional role goes further than this. In schools and trusts today, the school business professional has a…

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Building Financial Resilience in a Brave New World

Funding is one, if not the hottest topic in education right now so I am very much looking forward to my first opportunity to speak at the Show, in my new role as ASCL Business Leadership Specialist, about building financial resilience in the current climate. In light of the constant pressures faced by many in…

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What is regulated activity in schools?

“How do I know what type of DBS checks are required?” is a common question that we get asked by schools. DBS checks underpin robust Safeguarding within a school and, essentially, the level of checks employees (or prospective employees) require depends on the nature of work they will be carrying out and, more specifically, whether…

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The Rise of the Robots – Future proofing skills for the next generation

Artificial Intelligence will ‘kill off’ five million jobs by 2020, according to some of the more alarmist headlines. While AI threatens hundreds of thousands of posts in the retail and administration sectors, top professions such as the law and medicine are also set to be transformed by the ‘march of the robots’. Advances in AI…

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It’s Teachers who Transform Life Chances

In the 20 years I have worked in the education sector as a teacher, head and now academy trust chief executive, I have advocated a range of approaches to raising standards and enhancing student attainment. Against a backdrop of ever tighter funding, it is increasingly clear that this also needs to be achieved while ensuring…

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A Whole School Approach to SEND

Well it can’t be said that special educational needs is never in the news anymore! I don’t remember a time when there has been so much press coverage about the area to which I have dedicated my career for the last 26 years. Unfortunately, most of the stories that we read are not good news…

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Reducing School Exclusions

School exclusion rates have risen by 40% in the last three years[1]. A large increase in numbers of children with complex needs, and the increased propensity of schools to exclude children – due the impact of funding cuts and staff pressures on their ability to support behavioural interventions without resorting to exclusions – are driving…

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