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hen you are new to a post it can be hard to know where to turn for support. Sometimes,


new school business professionals are introduced to another local school business manager or a local group, but if not, you may be wondering where to go to get the help and guidance you need. Support will come from other senior leaders in your own school, but they don’t always have the knowledge or experience when it comes to more complex school business leadership and management tasks. We don’t always need a lot of someone’s time; it might be a quick question about where to fi nd the latest guidance on a topic or an example template, such as a project plan or a press release. This is where peer networks can be valuable, and social media can be a useful source of support. One of the greatest things about


NETWORK, NETWORK,


NETWORK #Social media platforms have transformed the ways SBMs communicate with each other. Avid Twitter user Hayley Dunn explains how you can make Twitter and LinkedIn work for you


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SBMs is their diversity, breadth of skills and expertise, and their varied backgrounds. A Twitter poll from November 2018 (161 respondents), asked about individuals’ experiences of their routes into school business management. The results revealed signifi cant percentages from the fi nance (34%) and school admin (25%) sectors, with few from an HR background (four per cent). The highest percentage responded


as ‘other’ (37%), listing a wide range of previous careers, including school admissions, health and safety and the RAF, as well as media, scientifi c research, retail, leisure and project management. In my book The School Business


Manager’s Handbook, I highlight the importance and value of collaboration, and quote John Stepper (author of Working Out Loud) who says, ‘Social tools are not just about giving people a voice, but giving them a way to collaborate, contribute and connect.’ Social media is a powerful tool to use for immediate connection and collaboration with a range of stakeholders, and enables contact with infl uencers from the sector, along with peers, other senior leaders, parents/carers, potential business sponsors and grant- awarding organisations – building


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