The School Premises Handbook: a guide for premises staff, business managers, headteachers and governors

The School Premises Handbook: a guide for premises staff, business managers, headteachers and governors

By Jo Marchant

Published 23 Jun 2023

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A handbook to inform school premises staff, business managers, headteachers and governors in England of their legal responsibilities around buildings compliance.

As well as exploring the impact of school buildings and grounds on student learning, The School Premises Handbook covers the working environment, fire safety, health and safety, statutory compliance duties, planning for maintenance, risk assessments, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and managing and developing a premises team. Jo Marchant, a highly experienced head of estates, introduces key legislation, further information sources, and an action checklist.

New premises staff will find a wealth of information, from what to do on their first day in the role to planning the year-long cycle of maintenance activities. More experienced premises staff will also gain plenty of useful insights. School business managers will find advice on managing premises staff and developing their school estate. Headteachers will be informed of their responsibilities for ensuring their schools are safe and compliant. And governors and trustees will learn how to hold school leadership to account.
Jo Marchant, author of the bestselling The School Premises Handbook, has worked in school business leadership and management for the past 15 years. She has been responsible for leading school business operations in local authority-maintained schools and a multi-academy trust, in special education and mainstream settings. Jo's expertise covers strategic leadership, finance, HR, estates, health and safety, IT, sustainability, procurement, business continuity and risk management.

Jo has an MBA and an MA in Leadership and is a qualified health and safety officer. She also holds qualifications in accounting, HR, procurement and school business management. Jo is a School Resource Management Adviser and a Specialist Leader of Education. She is a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) and serves on the steering group of the Trust Network for school estates professionals.

In 2016, Jo was awarded an ISBL Chief Executive Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Development of the SBM Profession for 'raising the profile of special schools and contribution to international research'. In 2021, Jo became the first school business practitioner to have her empirical research into school business leadership published in a peer-reviewed journal. Jo is a regular speaker at national conferences and writes articles for school business publications in the UK and the US.
Jo was awarded an MBE for services to education in the King's birthday honours list in June 2024.
  • Author Jo Marchant
  • ISBN 9781398388796
  • No. of Pages 320
  • Format Paperback
  • Publication Date 23 Jun 2023