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Andrew Blench is an experienced Facilitator Assessor Coach and Trainer who regularly delivers workshops, talks and writes articles on a range of subjects relating to school business management, governance and school effectiveness.   Recent events where Andrew delivered were Education Executive North, Forum Business Media SBM and Finance Conferences, South Yorkshire School Business Leaders Network.

Andrew is a regular contributor to EdExec and School Business Manager Magazine.

  • We have a range of workshops which are 'ready to go' and some of these are mentioned below. We can customise a workshop to your requirements and will look at most things, with the exception of classroom practice.

  • Emotional Intelligence for School Business Leaders - leaders who have a high degree of emotional intelligence are usually highly effective in managing teams and managing their own personal effectiveness. This workshop gives and overview of EI and how to understand and develop this vital leadership skill.

  • Understanding School Funding for Governors - a simple and high level overview of how schools are funded. Developed for the non-finance school leader and governors.

  • Academy conversion - An introductory workshop covering: - What is an Academy, Reasons for becoming an academy, The Conversion Process, Key Considerations in the areas of Teaching & Learning, Finance, HR, Facilities, Risk & Regulation, and Governance.

  • Promoting Your School With a Limited Budget - How to improve your school’s profile in the community, create a narrative of success, and maximise student recruitment. Covering subjects such as ‘Constructing a Marketing Plan’, ‘Events Management’, ‘Engaging Local Media’ and ‘Use of Social Media’.

  • Recruitment - How to Shortlist Effectively - A practical workshop covering the legal and ‘best practice’ aspects of recruitment shortlisting.

  • How to run a successful Open Evening/Day - All schools run open days or evenings, which are their main opportunity to showcase their school to prospective parents & pupils. The course covers pitfalls and best practice to make the most of these opportunities.

  • Coaching Skills for Line Managers - The workshop will give SBMs, and others who line manage staff in school, an overview of coaching skills and how these can be applied to day to day working relationships and conversations.