Building Financial Resilience

Building Financial Resilience in a Brave New World

Funding is one, if not the hottest topic in education right now so I am very much looking forward to my first opportunity to speak at the Show, in my new role as ASCL Business Leadership Specialist, about building financial resilience in the current climate. In light of the constant pressures faced by many in […]

What is regulated activity in schools?

What is regulated activity in schools?

“How do I know what type of DBS checks are required?” is a common question that we get asked by schools. DBS checks underpin robust Safeguarding within a school and, essentially, the level of checks employees (or prospective employees) require depends on the nature of work they will be carrying out and, more specifically, whether […]


The Rise of the Robots – Future proofing skills for the next generation

Artificial Intelligence will ‘kill off’ five million jobs by 2020, according to some of the more alarmist headlines. While AI threatens hundreds of thousands of posts in the retail and administration sectors, top professions such as the law and medicine are also set to be transformed by the ‘march of the robots’. Advances in AI […]

Gender Pay Gap

Gender Pay Gap reporting in schools – three common mistakes to avoid

As you will be aware, it is a legal requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to publish statutory calculations every year demonstrating how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees. Even if you have less than 250 employees, it is advised that you should give serious consideration to the […]

It’s Teachers who Transform Life Chances

In the 20 years I have worked in the education sector as a teacher, head and now academy trust chief executive, I have advocated a range of approaches to raising standards and enhancing student attainment. Against a backdrop of ever tighter funding, it is increasingly clear that this also needs to be achieved while ensuring […]

School SEND

A Whole School Approach to SEND

Well it can’t be said that special educational needs is never in the news anymore! I don’t remember a time when there has been so much press coverage about the area to which I have dedicated my career for the last 26 years. Unfortunately, most of the stories that we read are not good news […]

School Exclusions

Reducing School Exclusions

School exclusion rates have risen by 40% in the last three years[1]. A large increase in numbers of children with complex needs, and the increased propensity of schools to exclude children – due the impact of funding cuts and staff pressures on their ability to support behavioural interventions without resorting to exclusions – are driving […]


Multi-academy trusts – putting people at the heart of your growth strategy

Every multi-academy trust (MAT) is unique and there is no perfect success formula. In essence, that is why they exist – to give education leaders autonomy to run their schools to achieve the best outcomes. Based on our 25 years of experience (and counting!) of providing HR, payroll and pension solutions to MATs in varying […]


How MATs can drive consistency across schools with ICT

According to the Discover Society article, ‘Multi-Academy Trusts in England – are they really accountable?’: “managing and governing collaborative organisations [such as Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs)] is no mean feat… Even when all of the collaborating organisations are keen for it to work, the challenges of factors such as: the creation of a coherent organisational identity; ensuring […]

mental health and wellbeing in schools

Prioritising Mental Health

In advance of her session at The Schools & Academies Show, we sat down with Natasha Devon MBE, to get the inside track on mental health and wellbeing in schools.   You are a consummate advocate for positive mental health. What motivates you in your work? I was ten when I had what I now […]

Safeguarding and Online Safety in Education

A Whole School Approach: Safeguarding and Online Safety in Education

Kat Howard – Senior Education Consultant for Online Safety at RM Education   Schools have a duty of care to protect their students from harm and a vital part of this safeguarding provision in schools is now attributed to online safety.  The recent changes to legislation in the UK reflect this increasing focus on the […]

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