Sharon Wallwork provides comprehensive advice on dealing with a decline in student numbers. She argues that, far from being something that only schools in specific circumstances should be concerned about, all educational institutions need to assess the risks of declining numbers and the huge financial implications this can bring read more

I have just got back from the SFM annual conference in London: a long journey for me, but definitely worth it – not only because it gave me the opportunity to present a couple of sessions, but also because it is encouraging to see the quality and variety of business management professionals who are now working in our schools. read more

The school business manager’s role goes beyond simply managing finances, says Hilary Morrison read more

We begin a series of best practice advice features with a look at the implications of a school having its own bank account read more

Can – and indeed should – someone from a background other than teaching become a school leader? Join this growing debate read more

As schools open their doors to new categories of visitor, they must take an audit of risk and danger on the premises, writes Sarah Freeston. read more

Working to promote a positive image for your school can be a powerful tool for school improvement and can provide a focus for staff efforts on many fronts, argues Brin Best, education writer and director of Innovation for Education Ltd. read more

Sima Goldsmith considers the environmental and financial implications of the sustainable schools agenda read more

Gill O’Donnell argues that schools need to take a proactive approach to fire alarms if they are not to fall foul of the new disability discrimination legislation. read more

Ruth Bradbury provides some practical advice for how you can stay ahead of the game. read more