Reducing future vulnerability with processes

Reducing future vulnerability with processes

There are many types of risks that schools face. In this article series we are considering the operational and financial vulnerability of schools. What are these risks and how do we reduce the impact? There are some identification and prevention similarities with natural world disasters, like bush fires and managing fire danger. As Business Managers […]


The Place of Governance

A question regarding Board members. What distinguishes their work from that of management and operations? Why do we separate the various functions of organisations into governance, management, and operations? What makes them separate, where do they intersect, and why do they appear at times to collide? In this paper we introduce these functions from the […]


Keeping Your School’s Plates Spinning in Uncertain Times – part 2

In this series of articles we are considering the challenge for school Leadership and the Business Manager of balancing competing priorities and preparing for the impact of a crisis. In Part 1 we looked at financial impact and making opportunity of a crisis. In this part we look at how analysing operational activities can help […]


Business Risk & Critical Role Management in Schools

Though commonly not being acknowledged as a business, schools are in fact a business with significant assets and income and are large employers. However, they are not like any commercial business, rather operating within a unique sector and a closed environment. Within schools there frequently is a cultural gap between teaching and non-teaching roles as […]


A Discussion on the Challenges for School Business Managers

From fee collection, to resource problems due to staff turnover and inefficient data security standards, the modern challenges facing school business managers and leaders are numerous, and complex. Kenton Newall, Business Relationship Manager at Cole School Experts, explains why these challenges exist and what solutions are available in an interview with Legalwise. What are 3 […]


Keeping Your School’s Plates Spinning in Uncertain Times – part 1

In this series of articles we consider the challenge for school Leadership and the Business Manager of balancing competing priorities and preparing for the impact of a crisis. Part 1 School crises and the financial impact Though a hot topic presently, crisis management is not just applicable in the current pandemic. There are a range […]