Where to turn for expert help
School management has always been an important feature of the Education Show but this year, for the first time, it has been allocated its own separate zone, where the two headteacher unions plus a range of private and public sector bodies will be offering services to assist in the running of schools.
Both the National Association of Head Teachers and the Secondary Heads Association have vast experience of training managers and other school staff. Much of this is linked to government schemes, such as the Teacher Training Agency's Headlamp scheme, for teaching first-time headteachers management and leadership skills, and the Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers.
Among the programmes offered by the NAHT are self-assessment workshops aimed at heads who are registered for Headlamp, and induction programmes where deputy heads work alongside their head on professional development plans for the deputy and their school. Other courses include information and communications skills for school leaders, time management and training on health and safety issues. The association also provides members with expert advice on various topics, including the proposed changes to the teachers' pay system, personnel, industrial relations and risk management issues.
The SHA offers short courses and in-school consultancy services for managers undertaking Headlamp training. It helps to run four-day residential events for the heads' leadership programme. Since October, it has been providing self-evaluation training,licensed by the Office for Standards in Education, for senior managers and governors. It also provides governing bodies with an assessment service leading to the appointment of heads and deputies.
The union's consultancy services cover everything from inspections and appraisal to governor training and senior management reviews. It also offers members advice on financial management, changes to the curriculum and even dealing with personal matters.
Birmingham city council is promoting its commercial arm, Birmingham Advisory Support Services, at the show, while Nord Anglia's Partnerships In Education offers a private sector view on training, inspection, facilities management, financial services and personnel and payroll systems.
Various government departments are at the show and the National Governors Council also has a stand.
There is no shortage of companies offering equipment and furniture for schools, and if you need a new classroom, Portakabin may have the prefabricated answer for you. Ford is promoting a range of school minibuses. And Garners Catering Equipment and Castle View Services, which holds catering contracts in 12 local authorities, may help to ease any worries over supplying school lunches.
NAHT stand M33
SHA stand L70
Teacher Training Agency stand M13
Birmingham City Council stand J12
Nord Anglia Partnerships stand F32
National Governors Council stand J31
Portakabin stand M32
Ford Motor Company stand E20
Garners Catering Equipment stand H38
Castle View Services stand H30