ASCL Conference for Business Leaders

Next Generation Business Leadership

16 May 2017, Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC

£230+VAT members | £260+VAT non-members

The education landscape is experiencing a period of ongoing structural change. What are the implications for school business leadership professionals?

How can we continue to adapt our skills and competencies to accommodate and rise to the challenges we face? 

With increases in, and implementation of growth patterns in multi-academy trusts and other group structures, the centrality of business leadership in ensuring systems and processes are fit for purpose is ever more apparent. 

School business leaders face significant financial challenges, managing budgets in a climate where costs continue to rise in a climate of ‘real terms’ income stagnation, together with ongoing apprehension surrounding the impact of implementing a new national funding formula. 

School business leadership practitioners are expected to provide viable solutions to a myriad of these issues, whilst at the same time ensure that business functionality remains efficient and effective.

How can the profession continue to evolve and face “next generation challenges”?

ASCL Conference for Business Leaders 2017 provides an invaluable opportunity for colleagues to explore and discuss strategies which will help to support this evolution process. You will hear the very latest political perspectives from government and ASCL officials. There will be opportunities to network with other business leaders and practitioners, to share good practice and discuss the viability of sustainable options to address the current raft of challenges facing our profession.

The conference programme includes keynote presentations, a series of breakout workshops (some of which will be interactive discussions), and an opportunity to network with colleagues. For those arriving the evening before the conference, there will once again be an informal networking event hosted by Zenergi. This has become a popular and integral part of the event. 

Keynote speakers include:

Nick Gibb
Minister of State for School Standards (invited)

Malcolm Trobe CBE
ASCL Interim General Secretary

Sian Carr
ASCL President

Val Andrew
ASCL Business Leadership Specialist

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Former Paralympian athlete, parliamentarian and presenter

Workshops will focus on a range of topics, and are likely to include the following (more detailed synopses will be available shortly):

  • National Funding Formula: hope for the best, prepare for the worst but ignore at your peril
  • The school business leaders guide to due diligence
  • Alternative approaches to business leadership functionality
  • Five governance issues every school business leader in a growing MAT should know
  • Improve your personal productivity using iPad
  • Join the vanguard of next generation school business leaders championing business culture
  • Building and managing the right teams
  • Supporting a step change in school buying habits
  • Timetabling: what every school business leader needs to know
  • “aHead in business”
  • Opening a new school: what is the process?
  • How to use HR and budget-planning software to maximise financial health and efficiency within your MAT
  • Risk awareness: how to manage the wider context of risk within your school or academy

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