2019 Annual Conference – Octagon Barn, Little Plumstead, Norwich – 30th April 2019
ABMNS were proud to host our annual school business management conference on the 30th April 2019 at the beautiful Octagon Barn near Norwich. The venue was stunning, matched only by the wonderful dining served up to delegates!
Big thank you to our special guest speakers, especially Nickii Messer of All the Geese and Kev House from The Art of Brilliance. Both were inspirational and funny in equal measure!
The committee worked hard to secure a good blend of new exhibitors along with loyal long standing ones. Feedback from the conference has been excellent and the committee thank all delegates for engaging and playing an active role in the day.
Planning has already begun for 2020 (!) and of course we welcome all thoughts on themes and workshops. 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
NETWORK MEETING – MINDFULNESS 24TH JANUARY 2018 AT BARNHAM BROOM HOTEL
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.
NETWORK MEETING – FUNDRAISING STRATEGY 26TH APRIL 2018 AT DEREHAM FOOTBALL CLUB
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
NETWORK MEETING – SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT IN CHALLENGING TIMES ON 10TH JULY 2018 AT FAKENHAM RACECOURSE
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/