Two school administrations. Both set in very similar schools, each with a very similar social background.
One is a happy, coordinated team whose workload is always managed without recourse to any overtime.
The other is a place where there never seems to be enough time to cover all the work, and where, sad to say, some colleagues suffer a rather high level of stress.
Both schools have dedicated, well-motivated staff. Both are well-run schools. But there is a key difference between them, a key issue that determines whether life within the school’s management and administration is a readily manageable and pleasant job or is ultimately overwhelming.
That key issue is quite simply whether anyone has considered the school office and the way it works, and has then worked through some simple changes which can make the world of difference.
If there has been serious consideration as to how the school administration and management works, then there is every chance that it will run ever more efficiently and effectively. Where school management is simply allowed to evolve to solve each new issue in turn, there is less chance that it is running as efficiently as possible.
In fact, a fair number of schools do allow the school admin to evolve over time, and, as a result, as a survey by the School of Educational Administration and Management revealed, over two thirds of school administrators are regularly involved in unpaid overtime but are not involved in devising an efficiency programme to reduce their workload.
Likewise a fair number of schools have no management system to control the amount of work being given to the school office at any particular time. Those schools which do are invariably able to change systems and processes in order to make the work much more manageable.
Also of interest is the fact that most schools that have an administration that is working without the need for unpaid overtime have processes in place to manage the level of interruption that the school office faces. Those which rely on overtime tend to view that interruptions are part of school office life and nothing can be done to reduce them.
It is to look at and resolve issues like these that the SEAM was set up 10 years ago with government funding and the support of the University of Northampton.
Since then we have developed our three courses all of which are taught totally via distance learning. The courses are…
The Certificate in School Efficiency course. This takes two months and covers not only how efficiencies are made but also details the efficiency programmes that schools have introduced during recent years as a result of doing the course. Starting dates 15 Sept, 13 October, 10 November, 12 January.
The National Certificate in School Administration covers a very wide range of fields including work management, government policy, education and the law, office administration and business management. The course takes one year. Next starting date 13 October.
The Certificate in Management Practice. This takes two months, and covers time management, stress management and dealing with visitors. Next starting date is 10 November.
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