The Education Business Effectiveness Service (EBE Service) aims to provide advice, guidance and training to business professionals within schools, to support best practice and continued professional development in order to avoid poor audit and Ofsted judgements and increase the sustainability of all schools within Waltham Forest.
It is increasingly important that schools ensure that they have strong strategic business management and administration to ensure that they meet their key statutory duties in regards to finance, procurement, human resources, health and safety and premises management. The majority of schools now have School Business Managers (SBMs) who oversee these areas, and others such as infrastructure and marketing.
The Education Business Effectiveness Service provides free support to all maintained schools, including regular WFSBM Network meetings through which we encourage school business professionals to support each other and share best practice. SBMs new to role, or the borough, are actively encouraged to contact the EBE Service.
In addition to the SBM Network, the EBE Service has launched the School Office Manager Network (OM Network). The OM Network will provide support to Waltham Forest school office managers and administrative staff by providing a space to share information, best practice, problem solve and training. The OM network will meet on a bi-termly basis and aims to cover a wide variety of topics to support and develop capacity development of WF school colleagues and support key events and priorities across the academic year.
The inaugural meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 September 2021 with a focus on the upcoming Census. If you would like your office manager/team to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact details and we’ll send an invitation.
Future meeting dates
More information on the support and benefits available for maintained schools.
The EBE Service also manages the Schools Facing Financial Challenge Action Groups to support maintained schools with falling reserves or deficit budgets to protect the standards of education for all children and young people in Waltham.
Schools who are concerned by their current financial situation are encouraged to contact the Education Business Effectiveness Service as early as possible for support.
Further information on the aims of the Schools Facing Financial Challenge Action Groups.
The EBE Service manages the following licences on behalf of schools in the borough:
Schools who have queries regarding their licences for SIMs or The Key should email Education Business Effectiveness Service or call the Service on 020 8496 6329.
For support with Access School Budget tool, please call the Access helpline on 08453 404 546 or use the Access Support Portal.
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