Managing our schools well is critically important, but the challenge is getting harder with constrained resources and a variety of increasing demands. More of everything is needed, so what is the way forward?
The school setting is where our children spend around seven hours of their day learning, developing personally and growing relationships. It is where their future opportunities for further education and work are most significantly shaped. Schools which are well run, efficiently managed and focussed on positive experiences for children in the classroom and outside are therefore one of the most important environments that we can shape.
However, the task of keeping these critically important institutions running well is not easy. Aside from the complexity of managing both the routine and the unexpected tasks within our schools, there are also a range of other factors to address. Constrained finances, staffing shortages, the developing rights of both children and staff and ever changing rules and expectations around data, budget management and hybrid working all add to the complexity of managing schools. It is therefore essential that those with the task of managing our schools are able to keep up to date with the skills, insights, and knowledge of best practice across a range of disciplines and emerging issues needed to help deliver excellence within our schools.
This conference is intended to support best practice and skills development specifically for the range of education professionals involved in school business management. The performance of those people is central to the running of schools and, ultimately, the experience of the children attending. Staff performing the role of school business management are active in every school whether in single schools or across clusters of schools. Whilst the job titles and those vested with the responsibility may vary from one area to another, the tasks and management duties are similar.
Schools depend on efficient and forward thinking management to run the best school possible for their pupils. How can the skill set and business management of leadership teams within and across schools promote best practice and therefore better learning across Scotland? What is next for educational leadership? What should excellence look like? This conference will reflect on how devolved school management is working, the outcomes from cluster management of schools and the ways in which this affects those with school management roles and responsibilities.
This conference discusses the challenges involved in managing Scottish schools, how to best engage with recurring themes in school management, opportunities to raise quality within the school and coming to terms with broader matters affecting culture and practice within school and reputation in the wider community. It will do so in three sessions:
Topics to be discussed
Who should attend
This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the day to day and strategic management of scottish schools. This includes:
09:15 Chair's opening remarks
Session 1: Improving, supporting and developing your school and staff
09:20 Keynote speaker
09:35 Question and answer session
09:45 Supporting school culture and ethos
10:00 Improving leadership and management
10:15 Question and answer session
10:25 Comfort break
Session 2: Addressing core school management issues
10:40 Staying up to date on data management and protection
10:55 Getting the best from hybrid working
11:00 Budgeting and financial management good practice
11:15 Question and answer session
11:30 Comfort break
Session 3: Issues of reputation and rights
11:45 Getting to grips with social media
12:00 Understanding human rights and rights of the child
12:15 Question and answer session
12:30 Chair's closing remarks
This conference will take place online.
How to book
You can book to attend, or order the video only, in 3 ways:
GROUP DISCOUNT – organisations booking 3 or more delegates will receive every third delegate place free of charge (please complete further forms if necessary)
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