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Combining Administrative Tasks to Enhance Efficiency

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Combining Administrative Tasks to Enhance Efficiency

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In most schools, compliance with government regulations falls on that small but dedicated band of individuals, the school administrators, who find themselves sinking under the number of different tasks they have to perform.

In order to bring a certain degree of relief to the school office, however, many schools are now combining administrative tasks in order to enhance efficiency.

Two typical task example are the PAT test (the annual survey of all movable electrical equipment, from computers to CD players, TV sets and scanners) and the compiling and checking of the school's Asset Register. Both involve an outsider visiting the school - and so it makes sense for that person to do both jobs in one go. However, they can only be carried out by qualified technicians, and although some schools have put their own staff through the appropriate training, some of these now find that the workload they have to undertake means it is simpler to bring in an outside contractor.

"This is where we come in," says Jamie Norman of SG World. "Obviously, when a school asks us in to undertake a PAT test, we have to walk around all the buildings. …

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