ASCL Conference for Business Leaders 2019

08:00 - 16:30, 5 June 2019 Birmingham Book now

#BLConf19 TwitterBusiness Leaders: Harness and enhance your power as an architect of collaboration in your organisation

Business leadership professionals in schools and colleges perform many roles. Whether you have responsibility for a range of business and operational strategies, or your focus is on specific areas such as directing finance, HR, or facilities, you will undoubtedly be the one who brings all the elements together to ensure your school or college delivers the best possible education experience for children and young people.

Suitable for strategic business leaders, school business managers, finance directors and managers, CFOs, estates managers and HR directors based in primary, secondary and post-16 education from cross-phase MATs and trusts.

Key themes include:

Leading change
Architects recognise the need to collaborate in order to succeed. But amidst the challenges of restricted funding, how can you bring people and resources together to lead the changes necessary for a more collaborative organisation and environment?

Best practice, next practice
Architects encourage colleagues to share obstacles and solutions, and provide the vision needed for a collaboration-conducive environment. How can we extend our networks, and deliver and learn from colleagues beyond our own teams?

Future developments and research
Architects operating within a constantly changing system use an evidence-based approach, harnessing intelligence to stay ahead of the game when it comes to future planning. What is on the horizon, and how can we develop now to prepare for what lies ahead?

Ethical practice
Architects as leaders will face testing circumstances which could lead to a feeling that their skills and business practices are under constant scrutiny. How can we continue to foster an environment of trust and respect in these challenging situations?

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Provisional Programme

08.00

Registration, breakfast and exhibition viewing

09.15

Welcome and opening address
Hayley Dunn, ASCL Business Leadership Specialist

09.35

Keynote
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary

09.55

Leading the Fightback at School. How to Return to Doing Meaningful "Deep Work" in Today's Distraction Economy
Barry Phillips, Chairman, Legal Island

10.25

Ofsted update – Education Inspection framework
Sean Harford, National Director Education, Ofsted

10.50

Zenergi session

11.00

Refreshment break, view exhibition

11.45

Breakout Session One

So, what is the true cost of education and what are ASCL doing about it?
Julia Harnden, ASCL Funding Specialist and Sam Ellis, ASCL Funding Consultant

As the government comprehensive spending review approaches, all minds in the education sector turn to thinking about what we can do to get Her Majesty’s Treasury to deliver a settlement that matches what we need to deliver great education.

ASCL has built its funding campaign on first, thinking about what education looks like in the 21st Century and what society expects from us and secondly, on what it will cost to deliver it.

In this workshop we will discuss ASCL’s report on The True Cost of Education, released March 2019 and consider what the next steps need to be. We will take a close look at the entitlement model that forms the basis of our report and look at how it can be used to build a 10-year plan for education.

School Resource Management Programme
Graeme Hornsby, SBM Consultancy Ltd

An interactive workshop with the opportunity to hear about, discuss, review and evaluate how schools and trusts are using the school resource management tools, the DfE’s deals for schools and their own approaches to seek to help manage their resources. The workshop will also provide feedback from the work of school resource management advisors.

Building professional collaboration with SLT – developing a more coherent and cognisant contribution to school improvement
Nickii Messer, Director, All The Geese

Whatever your role, your ultimate professional contribution to school improvement will often depend on how collaboratively you work with your SLT. This workshop will help you become the architect of a more successful senior leadership contribution. We will explore how to:

  • Design and build your senior leadership credibility

  • Construct and extend a more proactive contribution to the senior leadership team

  • Plan and develop SLT appreciation of critical business principles

This is an opportunity to enhance your confidence, knowledge and skills to contribute more effectively, and collaboratively, to the life chances and wellbeing of the children in your school.

Good Estate Management for Schools
Rachael Davies, Head of Capital Efficiency and Capability, DfE

This workshop will give an introduction to the Good Estate Management for Schools guidance and explore the tools that the Department for Education offers to help your organisation manage its estate efficiently. The workshop will also cover the questions your leadership team should be asking to assess its estate management position. We’ll also talk about how we’re listening to users’ needs and improving our resources in response to feedback from schools and trusts.

Recruitment and Retention – what can we do about it?
Louise Hatswell, ASCL Pay and Conditions Specialist

This workshop will look at recruitment and retention of teachers and school leaders, including School Business Leaders.

Starting with an overview of the DfE’s new Recruitment and Retention Strategy and implications that SBLs will need to be aware of.

We will then look at the challenges faced by school leaders and how we can help to address them, with a particular focus on those school leaders carrying out the business functions.

This will be an interactive session, sharing practical advice and strategies on collaboration, talent management, succession planning, recruitment, flexible working and covering guidance from ASCL, the DfE and ISBL.

Zenergi workshop

12.30

Navigating the Moral Maze – Ethical Leadership in Challenging Times
Carolyn Roberts, Chair, ASCL Ethical Leadership Commission

13.00

Lunch, view exhibition

14.00

Breakout Session Two

ICFP - It depends on how you look at things
Julia Harnden, ASCL Funding Specialist
As the school funding situation remains critical and uncertainty prevails how can you keep curriculum design at the heart of the budget planning process?

Integrated curriculum financial planning (ICFP) will not tell you what to do but it will clarify the options and support informed decision making. It’s about more than spreadsheets and numbers and requires parallel thinking by you, your team and the trust board or governing body. A sound and widely understood relationship between the effective deployment of resources and revenue is the cornerstone of viability, sustainability and growth.

In this session we will look at how to use ICFP as an approach to design the way forward for your school or trust.

Building professional collaboration with SLT – developing a more coherent and cognisant contribution to school improvement
Nickii Messer, Director, All The Geese

Whatever your role, your ultimate professional contribution to school improvement will often depend on how collaboratively you work with your SLT. This workshop will help you become the architect of a more successful senior leadership contribution. We will explore how to:

  • Design and build your senior leadership credibility

  • Construct and extend a more proactive contribution to the senior leadership team

  • Plan and develop SLT appreciation of critical business principles

This is an opportunity to enhance your confidence, knowledge and skills to contribute more effectively, and collaboratively, to the life chances and wellbeing of the children in your school.

School business leaders and governance: your role in promoting effective accountability in our schools and trusts
Clare Collins, Head of Consultancy, National Governance Association

School business leaders’ wide ranging responsibilities mean that they play a critical role in governance and compliance.  This session will look at the school business leader role in assuring their board that there is quality day to day management of the operation of their school or trust, that the financial management - from budget creation to budget monitoring and reporting - is sound, and that the board itself receives the support it needs to carry out its role.

Further speakers and workshop topics will continue to be added over the coming weeks.

Managing whistleblowing
Helen Badger and Emma Hughes, Browne Jacobson LLP
Whistleblowing in schools can occur in every business area, not just learning and teaching. Cases of financial mismanagement, staff bullying and safeguarding have been brought into the public arena in recent months by individuals who felt that they had no alternative route to voice their concerns. With ever increasing strains on schools and trusts to deliver high quality education everyone is under pressure.

In this workshop Emma and Helen use live whistleblowing examples to demonstrate how CEO’s, Head Teachers and Business Managers can avoid common pitfalls when staff raise complaints and adequately develop policies to enable individuals the opportunity to voice their concerns in a safe, non-judgemental way.

Buying for schools
David Allen, DfE Schools Commercial Team and John Wilson, Crown Commercial Service

Hear from the DfE’s Schools Commercial Team about their work supporting School Business Leaders. We will highlight the recommended deals available to help schools save money on the things they buy regularly. The session will focus on the Crown Commercial Service’s Agency Supply Teacher Framework.

14.45

Refreshment break, view exhibition

15.15

Agility and growth as a business leader in UK state schools
Dr Fiona Creaby, Manchester Metropolitan University

15.45

Keynote
Janet Street-Porter CBE, Former National newspaper editor and broadcaster

16.20

Closing remarks

 

ASCL Members £200 +VAT

Non-members £220 +VAT