Efficiency is one of those very strange things that are hard to see and harder still to judge. How do you know if something that you are doing is as efficient as it could be?
And anyway, why should one bother with efficiency? You are, of course, not deliberately wasting time, and the school doesn’t have any money to make changes. What are you going to save if you make some small change to your office routine?
However, those administrators who do investigate efficiency invariably do find the difference it can make is huge. Some who find that they are becoming increasingly overburdened with work find themselves suddenly with an extra hour a day. Others just find the entire working day is more pleasant because there is less hassle.
It might be because they change the way parental requests are handled, the way that photocopying is done, or simply the way in which incoming emails are handled.
It could be that there are one or two teachers in the school who are not perfect at getting their register completed and who cause you to spend time resolving such issues.
Whatever the problem, these matters can be solved – but they have to be approached in the right way.
A lot of the administrators who take the Certificate in School Efficiency distance learning course find that even though they have focussed on one or two areas of efficiency before, and perhaps have been rebuffed in their attempts to change procedures, they are now able to resolve the whole situation.
In short two months part-time study changes their entire approach to the way things can be run in schools.
You can find a lot more information about the course, how it works, and how it will benefit you, on the School of Educational Administration website.
If you have any particular questions please do call us on 01536 399 007 or email me: Sam@admin.org.uk
Director, School of Educational Administration and Management