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Focus on Dai Preston

Independent School management talks to Dai Preston, head of Arnold Lodge School in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

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Relationships for life

Short-termism never works in development. It needs to be structured carefully with a focus on building relationships for the long term. Ian McLean reports on the essential steps to success

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Have a plan

Daniel Cohen outlines ways to maintain and/or improve your school admissions practices

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A taxing problem

Colin Laidlaw revisits an issue of concern to independent schools with a new perspective on VAT on fees

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Rateable values

Andrew Altman outlines the latest changes in business rates and assesses their effects on your school estate

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Next in line

Tiffany Fleming offers advice on how to prepare the next generation of your school leaders

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A matter of judgment

The Charity Commission has published a refreshed version of its guidance on investing charity money. What has changed – and do you need to act? Heather Lamont reports

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Get rid of carbon

Nigel Aylwin-Foster continues his series on the decarbonisation of the school campus by looking at how to develop an effective plan

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Beware of fraudsters

Procedures for dealing with apparent suppliers must always be robust as new forms of fraud continue to provide ingenious tests for schools’ protection. Ian Buss reports

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Do the right thing

Charlotte Melhuish discusses how schools should respond to claims of discrimination and the key considerations for governors

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People like us

The social profile of governors has changed little over the years and, in changing times, is your governing body doing all it can to reflect the make up of the people it serves? Mike Buchanan digs a little deeper.

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Do it yourself

Everybody’s talking about it, but governors must get a grip on artificial intelligence to be able to make decisions about it, as Durell Barnes reports

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Hire safely

Emma Swann sets out the key changes to statutory guidance for school hire facilities agreements

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Schools for hire

Dorothy McLaren questions Adele Greaves, director of commercial operations at The Mill Hill Education Group, about how she has increased the revenue from lettings income

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Stronger together

Ian Daniel reports on the successful merger of two schools, with insights on how it was achieved.

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Focus on Suzie Longstaff

Suzie Longstaff joined London Park Schools as principal in April this year, a new senior schools’ group in London that is part of Dukes Education.

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Beyond hope

Development should be at the heart of a school’s central management function, but it’s no good just wishing and hoping for a lucky financial return

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Make change positive

Carolyn Reed and Katie Cardona set out the protocols for making effective change while keeping stakeholders on board

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Find your resilience

Phil Holdcroft has faced daunting challenges in military conflict but nothing prepared him for a challenge closer to home

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Worldwide opportunities

Freddie Cloke reveals how emerging markets offer opportunities for the international iterations of UK independent schools

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Standard bearers

Durell Barnes highlights the key changes for inspection of governance under the Independent School Inspectorate’s F23

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Onward march

Richard Fitz-Hugh provides a road map to reducing your operational carbon footprint.

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Weather the storms

John Fraser considers how the threats of climate change should affect your approach to managing risk in your school estate

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Why net zero?

Nigel Aylwin-Foster outlines how to plan the decarbonisation of your school estate.

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Cashing in

Interest rate rises are prompting shrewd bursars to make use of deposit platforms

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Keep it simple

Continually thinking about strategy is critical to your school’s consistent improvement but don't complicate your approach.

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Unstoppable march of AI

Chris Griffiths asserts that students will grow up in an artificial intelligence world and school leaders must adapt to prepare them for it

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Good vibrations

Research shows that mental health issues for pupils and staff have increased as a result of the pandemic. What is the role of governors in supporting school wellbeing? Durell Barnes reports

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Lie of the land

Morgan Allen outlines the implications for property matters at charity schools as a consequence of the changes to the Charities Act

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MAD world

Rachel Hadley-Leonard addresses recruitment issues for marketing, admissions and development staff

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Brand values

Carolyn Reed and Katie Cardona of Reed Brand Communication reveal the tricks of the trade when repositioning your school brand

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Separate but equal?

Uniform policies must be thorough and updated regularly with input from the school community, reports Sally Robertson. Neutral policies may counterintuitively undermine diversity

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Eye of the storm

As a newly installed head, Duncan Murphy realised he had to enact a rapid strategic change in the school’s management.

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Mergers – Stronger together?

Law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ senior associate James Morgan reveals the legal options available when a merger may be the best possibility for your school

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