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Running an English School: Budgets

The first budget article really seems to have struck a chord. Either because people like the Beatles, or they realise they are working too many hours and not spending enough time with the people they love.   It’s easily done.   I can’t stress this enough – get an accountant, do a budget, have monthly meetings, […]

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To run a school as a business is to make a profit. This only makes sense. While spending time to get right all the things that contribute to that, the curriculum, the staff, the systems, the marketing, et cetera, and focusing on the net result, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger things that […]

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When staff leave we always do exit interviews. I’m sure we never get a 100% accurate picture, as people may be reluctant to give their true feelings face-to-face, but we learn a lot.   I always begin interviews by telling people I want their honest opinion, whether I like it or not. What they say, […]

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Once teachers are employed, they then have to be managed. At Modern English, we provide a structure under which teachers can work, but also give them freedom to implement their own ideas. This comes in the form of a curriculum and admin system that take a lot of the duller tasks – admin, lesson planning, […]

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Training can be a huge headache for small schools. It is great if the teacher you have just recruited has several years’ classroom experience and a TEFL certificate of some kind, though be sure to check they are actually familiar with everything their course or previous training covered. They should also know their grammar, and […]

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Recruitment is defined by BusinessDictionary.com as: The process of finding and hiring the best-qualified candidate for a job opening; it includes analyzing the requirements of a job, attracting employees to that job, screening and selecting applicants, hiring, and integrating the new employee to the organization.   For us, more simply, that means getting the right […]

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Anybody who has heard me speak at a conference will have heard me say there are only three problems running English schools: students, parents and teachers. People, people, people.   Leaving aside the students and parents for now, we are left with the teachers. We need to add admin staff to this, too, and for […]

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Dear All,   Many thanks for reading the Moran Actually blog this year. 2018 has been a great year for me personally and for our various businesses.   We have brought in new schools, new clients, and, at the time of writing, still have some exciting announcements to make.   Wherever you are and whatever […]

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Last week we mentioned income, salary, rent and pricing. The other stats to look at are:   Capacity: How many bums on seats could the school actually get, and what percentage of that is filled? At Modern English we use the term ‘seat’ as a restaurant would use the term ‘cover’, to refer to a […]

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One way to get into your own school is to buy an existing one. Given the often-transient nature of school owners, schools come on the market quite frequently. Whether they are good or not, only close inspection will reveal.   When you find a school for sale, you’ll need to be sure it will work […]

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