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Getting Ahead Of Yourself

We all know that To-Do lists grow faster than japanese knotweed. Hilary Goldsmith shares her top tips for keeping on top of your time this year. 

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Top Tips for new SBMs

Are you new to your SBM role? Rosemary Cotton shares her Top Tips to getting started.

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10 Tips for taking care of your mental health

Looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health. There are many things you can do to take care of your mental health - read our 10 tips here.

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Hints and Tips for a productive day

With never-ending To-Do lists, feeling like there's no end to your busyness can hinder your productivity. Here's our tips for when you're up to here with it and just can't seem to make a dent in that To-Do list of yours.

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Trust: not just a multi-academy thing

School Business Managers are on the receiving end of trust in many ways, and not just in the not stealing the school trip money kind of way. Rose-Marie looks at how important trust is in professional relationships and how to encourage others to trust in you. 

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Manage interruptions or they'll manage you

A constant stream of interruptions can dramtically reduce effectiveness, affect your wellbeing and ultimately stop your school getting the best from you. Andrew Blench shares the changes he made during his career as a School Business Manager to stop interruptions from managing him. 

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A day in the life of an average SBM - written by Andy Heron

Despite sharing similar job titles, in no way will one SBM's day be the same as another's. Andy Heron from The Maelor School talks us through his average day and the many bows to his arrow. Can you relate?

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My Top 10 Resources - written by Rosemary Cotton

So many resources, so little time! I've made a list of my Top 10 resources (in no particular order) that I think are a great place to start!

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New Year's Career Resolutions: Dos and Don'ts

There are many reasons (or excuses) to forget your resolutions. But when it comes to your career it's different – you're getting paid to improve! And, it's an investment in your future, so bear in mind our dos and don'ts.

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Preparing for January: A SBP's Guide

It's important to get organised leading up to Christmas break so that you can really enjoy your time off after such a hectic term. Cheryl Campbell shares her guide to preparing for January. 

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9 tips for feeling happy at work

Your mood at work makes a massive difference to your productivity. Whether it's clashing with the people you work with or feeling sedentary, we've written 9 tips for feeling happy at work.

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7 tips to transform your classroom

The look and feel of a child's classroom can have a significant impact on the way they learn. We've come up with 7 tips to transform your classroom for the ultimate learning environment – why not try applying these around the whole school or passing them on to a teacher?

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A healthy lifestyle: proof is in the salad

A delightfully warm summer has meant lighter lunches and more time spent being active outside. But why is it that our motivation grinds to a halt once we start wrapping up again? Try incorporating our 3 easy tips into your day, in a bid to stay healthy throughout those colder months.

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The growing problem of stress

Raise your hand if you agree working in a school environment can be stressful. We look at how this affects your body and how to deal with it.

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How to survive as a School Business Manager

There's no doubt that being a School Business Manager comes with its challenges. If you're feeling frustrated with the pressure of SBM life, read our survival tips. 

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How to help employees with long-term sickness

A useful guide on helping employees with long-term sickness back to work, including practical steps and how to manage long-term absences.

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Confused over Staff Absence Insurance?

Some decisions are simple, like what to drink: tea or coffee. You know the consequences of that wrong decision are minimal. That’s not the same when deciding how you should fund your staff absence costs, as the wrong choice could cost your budget thousands.

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Academisation - A change in approach

Academisation is no longer compulsory but still an option for schools.

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