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Engaging with the media: should you do it?

Engaging with the media: should you do it?

We asked Drew Povey, the headteacher in the BBC series Educating Manchester : what would you say to schools who shy away from the media?

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Top tips for new headteachers

Top tips for new headteachers

The headteacher role requires heightened levels of responsibility – it can be overwhelming if you’re new to the role. We asked Michael Woolf, Headteacher of North Cheshire Jewish Primary School, if he could offer one piece of advice for new headteachers, what would it be?

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Top tips for an effective marketing strategy

Top tips for an effective marketing strategy

An effective marketing strategy is key for school success. We asked Sara Gadzik, Communication and Marketing Consultant and Founder of Smith Gadzik, what schools can do to make sure their marketing strategy works.

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Top advice for designated safeguarding leads

Top advice for designated safeguarding leads

Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) have a challenging role to carry out and come up against some very difficult scenarios. We asked safeguarding expert Ann Marie Christian, if she could only give DSLs one piece of advice, what would it be?

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What to consider when joining an MAT

What to consider when joining an MAT

Are you considering joining an MAT? Learn how to avoid them! We asked Jeff Marshall, CEO of J&G Marshall, about the common issues faced when joining an MAT.

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Getting leadership right

Getting leadership right

We asked Hub4Leaders CEO Howards Jackson; what does a good leadership structure look like? Should leadership be built from the bottom up, or should it travel from the top down?

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Integrating British Values

Integrating British Values

How can you integrate British values beyond the classroom in your school? We asked Drew Povey - Headteacher at Harrop Fold School during the series Educating Manchester - how he ensured his school met British values requirements.

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How to motivate staff

How to motivate staff

Teacher workload has been an ongoing issue for so long that it now comes hand-in-hand with the issue of staff motivation. We asked experienced headteacher Michael Woolf how he ensures your staff stay motivated in the face of adversity.

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A crucial factor in school reputation

A crucial factor in school reputation

What can you do to gain control of your school’s reputation in the public eye? We asked Communications and Marketing Consultant Sara Gadzik how important marketing and communications are to schools.

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Safer recruitment top tips

Safer recruitment top tips

How can you make sure your recruitment processes are watertight and find only genuine, safe candidates? Safeguarding expert Anne-Marie Christian shares her top tips for safer recruitment.

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What makes a successful MAT?

What makes a successful MAT?

Being a successful MAT is about much more than inspection. We asked Jeff Marshall, academy conversion guru and Managing Director of J&G Marshall: what makes a successful MAT?

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One piece of advice for SBMs

One piece of advice for SBMs

We asked Hub4Leaders CEO Howard Jackson to share his most important piece of advice for SBMs, having carried out the role himself.

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Should teachers take on additional duties?

Should teachers take on additional duties?

Teachers often have to go above and beyond their role working in a school – they are often swamped with admin, planning work and other additional duties, but are they best placed to deal with such matters? We asked Drew Povey, headteacher at Harrop Fold School from the TV series Educating Manchester.

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How to spot grooming and child sexual exploitation

How to spot grooming and child sexual exploitation

One child per primary school class has been sent a naked or semi-naked image online from an adult, according to a recent survey from the NSPCC. Find out how you can help to reduce this shocking statistic with our video from safeguarding and child protection expert Ann-Marie Christian.

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Using social media to enhance the school community

Using social media to enhance the school community

Marketing and communications specialist Sara Gadzik gives her top tips on what and when to post on social media to enhance the school community.

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Is primary testing too much?

Is primary testing too much?

We asked Headteacher Michael Woolf if he thought pupils, particularly those in primary schools, are being tested too much.

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How to engage school employees to perform at their best

How to engage school employees to perform at their best

Hub4Leaders CEO, Howard Jackson, reveals his advice for engaging employees and why he thinks this is critical.

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Common challenges working in a disadvantaged area

Common challenges working in a disadvantaged area

Many of you will know that running a school in a disadvantaged area comes with its challenges, but it’s important not to let these bring you down. Drew Povey from ‘Educating Manchester’ shares his positive spin on the biggest challenges of running a school in a disadvantaged area.

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Latest safeguarding issues

Latest safeguarding issues

We interviewed safeguarding expert Anne Marie Christian, who provided quick tips for DSLs on key issues that have arisen following updates to KCSIE, including mandatory reporting and peer-on-peer abuse.

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Long-term financial planning

Long-term financial planning

How do you make the difficult decisions when doing long-term financial planning? We interviewed our CEO, Howard Jackson, who shared his 40 years’ experience of long-term planning in the Education sector.

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How can schools make themselves stand out from their competitors using marketing?

How can schools make themselves stand out from their competitors using marketing?

Marketing is one way in which your school can compete with others, and we interviewed marketing and communications specialist Sara Gadzik, who offered some tips on how schools can make themselves stand out from their competitors using marketing!

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Importance of due diligence

Importance of due diligence

We interviewed Jeff Marshall, Managing Director at J&G Marshall, who talked us through the importance of due diligence. J&G Marshall was created to help schools to not just understand the academy conversion process, but to navigate successfully and effectively through it.

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Compliance

Safeguarding children in the digital era

Safeguarding children in the digital era

We interviewed safeguarding expert, Ann Marie Christian, who told us about the dangers of the internet, and what schools can do to protect pupils! Ann Marie offers tips for schools and parents on what they can do to proactively protect their pupils against the harms of social media and technology. Watch the full video here.

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Long-term financial planning and the impact on education

Long-term financial planning and the impact on education

We interviewed our CEO Howard Jackson, who shared his 40 years’ experience in school finance and budgeting and gave us advice on how to ensure schools maximise the impact on education when doing long-term financial planning.

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How to keep your staff motivated

How to keep your staff motivated

We interviewed Drew Povey, headteacher at Harrop Fold School and star of Educating Manchester, who told us how he keeps his staff motivated, despite increasing workloads and cuts to funding.

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Michael Woolf's experience of using TheSchoolBus

Michael Woolf's experience of using TheSchoolBus

We interviewed Michael Woolf, headteacher at a primary school in Cheshire, who tells us about his experience using TheSchoolBus.

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Top tips for schools on dealing with negative posts on social media

Top tips for schools on dealing with negative posts on social media

We interviewed Sara Gadzik, Communication and Marketing Consultant and Founder of Smith Gadzik, who gave us top tips of how schools should deal with negative posts on social media.

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As a chair of governors, how do you make difficult decisions?

As a chair of governors, how do you make difficult decisions?

We interviewed Jeff Marshall, Managing Director at J&G Marshall, who has been a chair of governors for 25 years at a primary school in Manchester. Jeff talks us through how, as a chair, he makes the difficult decisions that have to be made in the best interest of the pupils.

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Ann-Marie Christian, safeguarding and child protection expert

Ann-Marie Christian, safeguarding and child protection expert

Safeguarding expert Ann-Marie Christian talks us through how schools can protect against cultural differences that may pose a safeguarding issue

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Why should schools forecast so far ahead?

Why should schools forecast so far ahead?

Our interview with Howard Jackson, CEO of TheSchoolBus, as he talks to us about the importance of forecasting for schools

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Drew Povey, headteacher at Harrop Fold School

Drew Povey, headteacher at Harrop Fold School

Learn how the headteacher from Educating Manchester dealt with being branded as the school with the biggest deficit in the country.

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Compliance

Live GDPR webinar

Live GDPR webinar

On 25 April we hosted a live webinar on GDPR with our Education expert Stephen Mitchell. The webinar consists of a GDPR presentation focussed around school, alongside a demonstration of the resources we have on TheSchoolBus site and also includes some Q&As at the end.

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