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Exploring the critical role of school business professionals: NAHT, ISBL and NGA roundtable discussion

NAHT, ISBL and NGA recognise the critical need for all senior school leaders and school business leaders (SBLs) to be present during strategic discussions and decision-making. Most SBLs lead the school business functions at a similar level of accountability and responsibility as other senior leaders who are responsible for teaching and learning and therefore should be involved in those central discussions. However, we also know that SBL participation at a strategic level can be mixed.

We, therefore, joined with ISBL and NGA to host a roundtable that brought together senior school leaders (head teachers, deputies, school business professionals, governors and trustees) from across the sector who engaged in a practical discussion about the critical role school business leaders play as part of the senior leadership team and possible barriers to SBLs involvement.

The session also reflected on the impact of the pandemic and how this has further illuminated the role of the SBLs at a national level.

The discussion will lead to the development of a discussion paper to be released in summer 2021.

You can watch the video from this discussion below. 

First published 15 March 2021

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NAHT Life focuses on helping retired members receive excellent trade union services and allows you to continue to play an active volunteer role within NAHT regions and branches, if that’s what you choose to do!

Please note to qualify for the benefits of NAHT Life membership you must join NAHT life within six months of retiring. 

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NAHT is currently reviewing, renewing and refreshing its services to support NAHT life member.

The Life Members' Sector Council (LMSC)

Whether leaving a labour of love or embracing a life of leisure, there can be no doubt that retirement from school leadership marks a huge change in lifestyle. There will be adjustments to make, new challenges to take and a range of new opportunities. At a time like this, it is important that our experienced members do not lose all the support they received in their working life. Our life members’ committee is here to ensure members are supported in retirement.

This committee feeds its extensive wealth of experience and know-how to support the work of NAHT. It also gives our life members the chance to make important contributions to our campaigns for working members.  

The committee, which meets four times a year, is made up of one elected representative from each of our regions, with the addition of one place each for Northern Ireland and Wales. And these elected committee members, normally, serve a three-year term.

Areas of focus for the committee include the following: 

  • Current legislation issues eg pension provision
  • Action against discrimination, including age discrimination.
LMSC chair

John Killeen (National Executive member): john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC vice-chair

Nigel Patton: nigel.patton@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC communications officer

Michael Wilson: Michael.wilson@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC deputy communications officer

Eugene Symonds: eugene.symonds@nahtofficials.org.uk

Committee servicing officer

Frances Geddes has the responsibility for working closely with the LMSC as servicing officer. She can be contacted via email frances.geddes@naht.org.uk.

For further details and contact information about all current LMSC members please check out ‘Who’s who’ and the ‘List of LMSC members'.

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