Attending the National School Business Management Conference 2017

Posted by JamesH on Jun 22nd 2017

Grant And Dan At Naht Koge

Grant and Dan, from Flourish Education were really pleased to attend NAHT's school business management conference for the very first time. 

NAHT is an independent trade union and professional association representing over 28,500 members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Members hold leadership position in early years; primary; special and secondary schools; independent schools and other educational settings. 

This was actually the second School Business Management conference, so it's relatively new. The conference is for all school leaders who are involved in the business side of their schools and at all types and phases of schools and academies. helping school business leaders build upon their skills is of the utmost importance to NAHT. 

Delegates at the conference were able to mingle and engage with exhibitors, network and choose from a range of workshops, for example the centralisation of services, promoting yourself and the SBM role, and the art of grant writing. 

Eight specially commissioned workshops were on offer at the event:

  • The Centralising of School Services 
  • Exploring joining or forming a multi academy trust - the role of the SBM 
  • Blowing your own trumpet: demonstrating your impact and promoting the SBM role with confidence 
  • An overview of the Local Government Pension Scheme       
  • Introductory workshop - Mindfulness: enhancing well being       
  • Understanding the apprenticeship levy and how to mitigate the impact 
  • School Business Management issues for special schools 
  • The art of grant writing 

Keynote speakers included:

  • Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary
  • Valentine Mulholland, NAHT Head of Policy
  • David Laws, Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute

Overall, the day was a great success. Grant and Dan met with fellow exhibitors, speakers and delegates from up and down the country. Our new Flourish Education Partner Rewards scheme was of particular interest to leaders and managers, in and around the West Midlands.

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