The School of Educational
Administration & Management

Established by the Department of Trade and Industry with the support of the SEAM, University of Northampton, and Hamilton House Mailings Ltd


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The School of Educational Administration and Management

Providing information, support, knowledge and training for school administrators, bursars, and managers

Read our regular commentary on how administrators are themselves taking on the task of improving school administration and their own role within the school:

The SEAM Short Report series

These Short Reports from the School of Educational Administration and Management are available direct to your inbox via download each costing just a few pounds.  Each report focusses on a key area of school office work and looks at how the workload can readily be reduced through a simple change in the way work is handled.
How to cut the number of emails the school gets each day by 80%, while still ensuring that colleagues get the information they need.

How to create more hours in the working day.   The complete guide for school administrators to time management.

Reducing the pressure on teachers and school managers - looking at ways of reforming school administration to the benefit of everyone in the school.

Increasing the productivity of the school office - showing that 80% of school office interruptions can be avoided, without any reduction in the service given by the office to governors, managers, parents, teachers and pupils.

How to ensure that your school always gets best value for money - a guide to implementing a Best Value policy in schools.

Free articles from the SEAM

Save money on school postage

Parents taking pupils to out of school events: problems, liability and insurance.

We asked what questions administrators of all types had be asked during an interview.  Click here to read just some of the answers we received


The SEAM offers free information and support, free news services and training programmes.

1: Free weekly newsletters

The SEA runs a series of free weekly newsletters to administrators, bursars, heads and deputies, and heads of teaching departments.  These contain information about new products and services, as well as answers to questions asked by those who subscribe to the services.

You can join any of these newsletters by clicking here (  We guarantee not to release your details to any third party, and you can of course unsubscribe at any time.

2: Education news updated every five minutes

We also run a rolling news programme that allows you to see all the latest education news stories at a glance – see  Schools can also have their press releases appear on this service.

3: Details of suppliers and their products

The School of Educational Administration and Management also maintains the School Procurement Centre - a web site which gives details of thousands of suppliers of school products and services, broken down by subject area.

4.  Training programmes and courses

We run courses and seminars in each of the following areas.  For more details on each one please click on the link

The Certificate in School Efficiency course (2 months on-line)

The National Certificate in Educational Administration (1 year on-line)

The Work Management and Administration Course (2 months on-line)

The School Procurement Courses (various courses)

To read more about the origins and funding of the School of Education Administration please click here


The School Procurement Website

The School Procurement Website
– a comprehensive guide to suppliers to schools sorted by subject and topic. 

Ensure that parents can find your school.

Details of all schools in the UK are held online at the Schools Directory.   Check that your school’s details are correct so that parents can find your school and your school’s website.

Update details of your school here or click on the link in the main menu of the Schools Directory site, top left, fourth item down.

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