The notion that the way in which a school office is run can have a significant effect on much of what goes on within the school, came as something of a surprise when it was first announced ten years ago..
Indeed even now not every school acknowledges the fact that the organizational structure within the office can impact on the way in which teachers and managers are able to do their job, and the way in which parents and outsiders see the school.
The finding came from research which revealed just how many different ways there are of running a school’s administration. And in each case the way in which the school office was run had quite a profound effect on the school and its finances.
As a result of this analysis the government and the University of Northampton worked together with the newly formed School of Educational Administration and Management to create a distance learning course through which school administrators, bursars and business managers could study the implications of the way they chose to run the school office.
The resultant course, the one year distance learning programme, “The National Certificate in Educational Administration”, was first offered in 2006, and since then hundreds of schools have benefited through having members of their administration take the course.
The course contains practical elements in which administrators consider their own practice within the school as well as explorations of key areas such as time management, stress management and dealing with school visitors.
There are also practical units on facilities management, ICT and budgeting, plus modules on business management, government policy, and education and the law.
The course involves preparing short reports on a number of activities and the writing of six essays spread through the year. Students work with a tutor and have a full course manual and access to a large number of recent articles relating to school administration.
If you would like to know more there is a detailed set of information on our web site
You can also see a detailed online prospectus of all our courses
We are accepting applications until 20th January 2014 for the next intake on this course, starting on 27th January 2014
To request a printed prospectus please click here, or phone 01536 399 007
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