My name is Simon Leicester. My day job is working full time as the director of finance and business at an Ofsted-rated Outstanding single academy school in North London called Hendon School. I sit on the senior leadership team and have management oversight of five functions – Finance, HR, IT, Premises and Governance Support (clerks to the committees) as well as oversight to manage some significant contracts – school catering and school lettings. I am also a school governor for Whitefield School, a peer secondary school in London.
As the external environment becomes more complex (law changes, penalty increases, more vocal and critical stakeholders, technology changes), more demands are placed on the leadership teams in schools. Coordinated crisis management in the short term is all very well. But is the training investment by the organisation keeping pace with the future needs of the school?