Starting a new job can be an exciting yet daunting process. When starting as a senior leader, it is likely that your new colleagues will have similar feelings about your…
Stress continues to be a problem in schools, and can affect individual staff and leaders, as well as the school overall. Andrew Blench considers the different manifestations of stress, and…
Many SBMs are responsible for managing the school site and health and safety, and ‘learning walks’ are a great way of staying on top of this significant and complex remit.…
Claire Ashton, of IT Governance, considers the implications for schools of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
John Viner gives a summary of the recent changes to the national funding formula and high needs funding.
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Making effective use of learning walks: part 1
A proactive approach to safeguarding
Understanding and managing workplace stress
How clean is the air in your school?
How to be an effective member of the SLT
Creating a positive mental health culture in your setting
School resource management
Starting as a senior business leader in an academy or MAT
An introduction to coaching @
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Checklist – Practical steps for a first-time SBM
Checklist – Self-assessment of current practice: learning walks
Handout – Five top tips for successful learning walks
Checklist – Training audit for the designated person
Form – School child protection audit
Checklist – Child protection: staff understanding
Checklist – Questions for governors on safeguarding
Form – Identifying Type A and Type B personalities
Form – Wheel of life
Handout – Mindfulness through visualisation
Checklist – Air quality in your school
Checklist – Facilitating a strong SBM–SLT relationship
Checklist – Leadership attributes
Checklist – How to address the main types of mental health needs
Form – Activities and ideas to support positive staff mental well-being
Form – Staff mental health survey
Form – Mental health information survey
Checklist – SBM cost-cutting template
Handout – Ten Cs of successful leadership
Form – How well your school supports mental health @
Handout – An introduction to coaching @
An introduction to coaching – PowerPoint slideshow @
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