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Getting your school ready for ‘the call’ 

Seminar Brief

Receiving ‘the call’ can fill even the most experienced SBL with a sense of dread and anxiety. SBLs have a key role which extends beyond the Single Central Record and often the pressure of such a responsibility can be daunting, particularly if you’re new to the role and/or have never experienced an Ofsted inspection before.


Jo Gathern,

Business manager

In this seminar Jo and Emma will discuss:

About the speaker:

  • Varied responsibilities of SBL’s during an Ofsted visit 

  • The questions Ofsted may ask 

  • How to be proactive and prepare for ‘the call’ 

  • Ways in which SBL’s can help prepare and support colleagues during the visit 

Having both experienced an Ofsted inspection in this academic year, Emma and Jo will be sharing their individual experiences and tips to help delegates to gain a greater understanding of what to expect, so that they can feel more confident and better prepared for an Ofsted inspection. The workshop will be informal and delegates will be invited to ask questions and share their own experiences. 

SBLs and other school support staff with responsibility for the SCR and recruitment. 

Jo is an experienced school business manager currently working in a 3FE primary school for a large MAT in the south of England. Having previously worked in local authority schools and maintained nurseries, Jo has gained valuable experience and knowledge in a variety of settings. Jo is a firm believer in the positive power of networking and sharing experiences and ideas with fellow school business leaders and colleagues in the wider education community. She has experienced Ofsted inspections in three different schools as an SBM, the most recent in Spring of this year. 


Emma Dalziel,

School Business manager

Take home points:

  • Greater understanding of Ofsted responsibilities  

  • Take away tips on how to be prepared for a visit  

  • Knowledge bank of where to source further advice and guidance 

About the speaker:

Emma is an experienced school business manager. She currently works in a 1FE LA maintained school in the south of England. Before working in education, Emma spent 12 years working for a global advertising agency. Emma has recently set up a locality SBM group, which she hopes will be able to support local SBMs to share ideas and best practice. Emma is a strong advocate of school business managers being part of the SLT. She has experienced four Ofsted inspections in three different schools, two as a member of staff, one as a governor and one as a chair of governors.  

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