The Academy Business Manager’s Handbook
The Academy Business Manager’s Handbook provides practical advice and guidance for the business manager in the key areas of financial management, human resources, facilities, marketing, ICT, project management, enterprise, risk management and sustainable development.
This essential guide considers the many differences between academies and maintained schools to help academy business managers succeed in their role to inform and guide school management. Each chapter is written by a subject expert and will guide you through putting structures and processes in place that are designed to ensure best business practice.
The Academy Business Manager's Handbook will support you to:
- ensure an efficient academy conversion process with guidance on process, systems and effective communication
- understand the unique issues faced by academies and how business management changes after conversion
- employ appropriate financial structures and consider the models of trusts
- effectively manage people with templates to support human resources policies and record keeping
- develop a sustainable academy that can weather changes in government policy.
Summary of contents
The Academy Business Manager’s Handbook is written with a focus on operational issues, but with an eye on future developments. It contains templates on CD-Rom to support you with work in human resources, marketing, ICT and other areas.
- Manage successful academy conversion.
- Offer guidance to the school leadership team.
- Implement best practice business processes and structures.
- Support your academy’s long term future.
1.1 How did we get to where we are now?
1.2 Problems arising in the conversion process
1.3 How to ensure an efficient conversion process
1.4 Is it worth converting?
1.5 What’s in this handbook?
1.6 Conclusion: Ensuring good business practice
Chapter 2 - Financial management
2.2 Differences and issues – primary, special and secondary
2.3 Characteristics of academies as independent companies
2.4 Governance and leadership
2.5 Roles and responsibilities
2.6 Models of trust
2.7 Risk management
2.8 Funding streams
2.9 Key guidance documents
2.10 General Topics
Chapter 3 - Human resource management
3.2 Strategic human resource management
3.3 Recruitment and selection
3.4 Employee development
3.5 Workforce management
3.6 Employee turnover
3.7 Reward and pay
Chapter 4 - Facilities management
4.2 Recognised principles and theories
4.3 Legal position
4.4 Strategic facilities planning (SFP)
4.5 Environmental sustainability strategy
4.6 Procurement and best value
4.7 Estate management
4.8 Register and scheduling
4.9 Asset management
Chapter 5 - Marketing
5.2 Maintained school or academy – what are the differences?
5.3 Marketing defined
5.4 Market research
5.5 Applying the 7Ps to the delivery of education
5.6 Dealing with the press
5.7 Websites and social media
5.8 Customer relationship management
5.9 So where do you go from here?
Chapter 6 - Information communication technology (ICT)
6.5 ICT for other activities
6.6 Virtual learning environment
6.7 Health and safety and risk management
6.8 Planning and forecasting
6.11 The future
Chapter 7 - Project management
7.2 Definition of a project
7.3 Outcomes and outputs
7.5 The project team
7.6 Being in control
7.7 Stakeholder management
7.8 Benefits management
7.9 Tools and techniques
7.10 Top tips
Chapter 8 - Enterprise and partnerships
8.6 The policy perspective
8.7 Making partnerships work
8.8 How can the academy benefit?
8.9 Legal and statutory issues
8.10 We have partnership – how do we do business?
8.11 Who will you be working in partnership with?
8.12 Partnerships in practice
Chapter 9 - Risk management
9.2 What is risk?
9.3 Categories of risk
9.4 Areas of risk
9.6 Roles and responsibilities
9.7 Carrying out the role
9.8 Principles of risk management
9.9 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
9.10 Fire risk
9.12 Electronic, computers and data risk including data protection
9.14 Electrical sockets and extensions
9.15 Flood damage
9.17 Disaster recovery planning
Chapter 10 - Sustainable development
10.2 Key terms
10.3 Why should our school be involved with sustainable development?
10.4 The knowledge and skills for facilitating change
10.5 Where can we make a start with sustainable development?
10.6 Sources of support
10.7 How do we know it is working?
Chapter 11 - The future for academies
11.1 Introduction: Futures thinking
11.2 Creative destruction
11.3 Conclusion: Working together
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