Our Events

Our Events 2018-09-24T11:12:26+00:00

2019 Annual Conference – Octagon Barn, Norwich – 30th April 2019

ABMNS are proud to share information with you about our planned 2019 Conference. The committee have (and are) working hard to make this our best yet! The theme for the conference is ‘Creativity’ which I am sure you will agree being creative is something we all do every day.

Taking on board your feedback, we have changed the venue and hope that the Octagon Barn will provide a brilliant location for our next Conference.

We are also delighted that Kev House from The Art of Brilliance and Nickii Messer of All the Geese are booked to provide keynote talks.

We are now working hard to secure a good blend of new exhibitors along with loyal long standing ones. If you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can book our place at the conference NOW – http://w.pfrms.co/67bum

Exhibitors can apply for a stand here – https://web.pro-forms.co.uk/onlineForms/entry.phtml?code=6lbay

Here is a link to our 2019 Conference flyer –  ABMNS Conference Flyer 2019

Remember, this is your conference and a chance for you to network, learn and meet like-minded colleagues. Please do give this priority when looking at your professional development and personal wellbeing. In return we promise to provide an enjoyable and relevant Conference, accessible to all Business Managers, Bursars, Administrators, Office Managers and Secretaries.

2017/2018 Network Events – Masterclasses and Workshops

Working closely with established professionals in our region and beyond, ABMNS once again assembled a range of workshops for our members. Taking time out of school is a big commitment so we work hard to ensure these sessions are of real value to your professional development. The topics vary and we rely on our members to lead the way in terms of what they are looking for, so if you feel there’s a theme we need to cover in a future workshop please get in touch and we will do our best to make it happen.

Organised this academic year were:

Event 1 – Marketing to improve Recruitment and Retention – Tuesday 7th November (cancelled due to low turnout)
Event 2 – Well-being and Mindfulness – Wednesday 24th January 2018 (Barnham Broom Hotel) – 13.00 – 16.00
Event 3 – Strategic Fundraising – Thursday 26th April 2018 (Dereham Town FC) – 08.30 – 12.00
Event 4 – Successful School Business Management in Challenging Times – Tuesday 10th July 2018 (Fakenham Racecourse) – 13.30 – 16.30

Refreshments are provided for all events.

Please follow this link to view our Network Events Flyer – 2017/2018 Network Events Flyer


On 24th January 2018 members were treated to an afternoon of relaxation by Cata Parrish from Yoga Folk who held a Mindfulness session. Most members who attended had not experienced Mindfulness previously although there were a few who used Mindfulness on a regular basis. Cata first talked briefly about what Mindfulness was, how and why she had found Mindfulness and how it had changed her life. We were then treated to a few Mindfulness exercises which left us relaxed and calm for our journey home.

If you want to find out more or find out where Cata holds Mindfulness classes, please visit Cata’s website https://www.yogafolk.co.uk/ . She is also available for Staff Well Being and class sessions.


On 26th April 2018 Ryan Green from My Pebble held an extremely interesting and inspirational session on strategic fundraising. When I first saw the title of the session I thought it would be about writing begging letters and writing bids. How wrong I was! Ryan talked about the importance of forming relationships with difference stakeholders of your school and getting to know them and them getting to know your school. Then asking them for their time and only when they are fully engaged, is it the right time to talk about specific school projects which they might be interested and how they can help.

A great session and well worth attending.

If you want to know more visit My Pebble’s website https://www.mypebble.co.uk/ . His company offers a FREE Fundraising & Marketing Virtual Assistant called ARRO – see the attached booklet with more details – not only does it assist you through financing school projects, it also has a grant database and will help you through completing grant applications. a4_arro_folder


Following the AGM, on 10th July 2018 we were joined by Ben Hardy from the Key and Nick Caines from Scholar Pack, who gave a presentation on the current challenges facing schools and School Business Managers.

Since the start of this year, the most dominating issue has, by far, been GDPR with The Key seeing 9/10 of their articles being accessed being about GDPR.

However the biggest challenge for schools will be school budgets. Despite another Secretary of State for Education being appointed, it is not expected that politically there will be much change. Although the new national formula will be implemented for the next 2 years, politically providing some stability, there doesn’t seem to be acknowledgement of the impact of the increase in staffing on costs which will be incurred with planned changes to national insurance and pensions.

To help meet the budget challenges, Ben talked about:

  • successful income generation
  • successful procurement
  • successful management of staff costs
  • successful recruitment and retention
  • successful curriculum planning

The Key provides up to date advice on all matters relating to school management, compliance and model policies. Educate Norfolk has negotiated a special membership price with The Key. Therefore if your school is a member of Educate Norfolk and currently do not subscribe to The Key, find out how much you could save. The Key also offers an advice service for governors. To find out more visit The Key’s website https://schoolleaders.thekeysupport.com/