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The specific challenges of school business leadership in special schools (workshop five)

Workshop leaders
Valentine Mulholland, NAHT head of policy; and Lesley Harris, business manager, Bradfields academy and member of NAHT's SBL committee.

Workshop details 

The complexities of high needs funding and different local authorities' approaches to that funding - alongside the specialist staff teams and particularly vulnerable pupils - make the job of a school business leader particularly challenging in a special school setting. This workshop will allow participants to discuss some of these issues, and find out the most recent policy direction from government on high needs funding and any other area of school business management. Led by NAHT's head of policy and funding expert, Valentine Mulholland, and experienced special academy school business leader, Lesley Harris, delegates will have an opportunity to hear about the latest developments and share experiences with other SBLs in specialist settings. 

Workshop outcomes
  • Receive an update on the latest government thinking on high needs funding
  • Learn about any other developments that will affect school business leadership in special schools and specialist settings
  • Have an opportunity to share concerns and issues with other SBLs working in special schools and specialist settings.
Target audience
School leaders working in special schools or with special units in mainstream schools.

Leaders' biographies
Valentine Mulholland

Valentine heads up a team of policy and research professionals that develop and campaign for NAHT's policy positions. She meets up regularly with the DfE on funding and school business management issues. Valentine has worked in policy for 10 years following previous careers in business and social housing.

Lesley Harris

Bradfields academy is an outstanding special school in Medway. Lesley has worked in education for 16 years and has been a business manager for the last seven. Lesley is currently a member of NAHT's SBL committee.