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The school Business ManageR
Why SBM’s are Often a Source of Untapped Potential
Trevor Summerson, head of school business
management at the National College for
Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services,
reveals how schools can ensure their business
managers are reaching their full potential.
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PRODUCTS & SER
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ur schools have arguably never the effective management of school they feel even more in control of their
been better run. There are administration, human resources, schools.
more school business managers facilities, major projects, health & safety,
(SBMs) than ever before and they are as well as relationships with other schools Identifying Potential
better trained than ever before. From and external partners. And by putting To help schools identify their SBM’s
3,800 SBMs in 1997, there are now SBMs on school leadership teams, the potential, the National College and
8,100 working in the country’s schools role can move from one that takes the the National Association of School
today, and seven out of ten hold one of
the professional qualifications in school
business management that we offer at
If properly deployed, SBMs could save their
the National College.
Headteachers up to 30 per cent of their time to
Together, they are making a vital
concentrate on their core duties
contribution, both to the efficiency and
efficacy with which schools’ resources
are managed, and to the wellbeing and administrative burden from Heads, to Business Management (NASBM) recently
attainment of pupils. one that makes a significant contribution published a competency framework
But could SBMs be doing more? to strategic leadership. (www.nationalcollege.org.uk/sbm-
Business managers can be a source of Research suggests that, if properly competency-framework.pdf).
untapped potential, as Headteachers deployed in this way, SBMs can save
and other senior leaders fail to realise their Headteachers up to 30 per cent of The framework is an invaluable tool for
just how much SBMs are equipped to their time to concentrate on their core guiding SBMs’ development by:
do. Although finance is at the heart duties. Testimony from Heads who have • Demonstrating the skills and expertise
of their role, SBMs can also oversee given their SBMs high-level roles is that that SBMs can bring to a school;
24 • School Management Today
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