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March 28, 2017

Multiple Academy Trusts (MATs) are complex entities. Identifying the gap between where an academy thinks it is and where it actually is, is normally done by a time consuming audit which relies on a lot of face-to-face interviews.  This is expensive and not always pract...

March 21, 2017

Many MATs make the strategic assumption that a centralised management will reduce the overall G&A expenses for all the Academies.  This is not always true and, typically, centralised organisations experience higher general and administrative costs when compared with co...

February 26, 2017

Management audits are triangulation exercises.  They aim to present a clear report about the actual impact of your management processes (explicit or not) in the light of your stated objectives.

Unlike the 'audits of old', modern management audits are very much concerned...

January 12, 2017

Why ask for an ISO 9001:2015 management audit?  After all, if you are not certified you are bound to fail it.

The ISO 9001:2015 management standard is the standard upon which all other robust management standards are built.  Get to grips with it and you will find that E...

January 4, 2017

SEC

Daniel Esteve, one of SEC’s new Accredited Members, offers some thought provoking points from his experience he uses his experience of working with school leaders and CEOs.

Management is good management and leadership is… good leadership.  This should not make a diff...

November 9, 2016

Agile is a term often used with fulfilment and logistics. However, its power resides when talking about innovation. The Agile method relies on using a systematic and repeatable approach. Its difficulty lies in having to change roles and responsibilities in the organiza...

October 30, 2016

​The  first 1/2 term is behind you so you know if your existing management systems are good enough to allow you to focus on leading. It makes sense to see whether your management systems would benefit from tweaks (future-proof your existing management systems) or a ful...

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