School Business Professionals (SBPs) perform a role which is unique to
schools, administering and managing the financial, site and support services
within the school context. They provide essential support to school leadership
teams, implementing their financial and business decisions.
SBPs may work in any school phase (primary, secondary, special) and in
different school structures: single academy trusts, multi academy trusts (MATs),
local authority maintained schools and federations, etc. Consequently, they can
work in very different settings with varying numbers of people that they report
to including the headteacher or School Business Director (SBD). Within this
context, SBPs have a shared number of roles which shape their day-to-day
activity to make this a homogeneous role in schools.
SBPs interact with all school stakeholders regularly to advise on and manage
school business practices effectively. This requires them to understand
educational issues as well as business management.
Their work is performed in the context of ensuring that public funds are used
effectively. They must adhere to the principles of making the best use of school
resources to enable all students to achieve their potential and to meet the aim
of increasing social mobility for children and young people. SBPs must also
understand that their role is of vital importance in relation to school
governance and compliance. They must have a good understanding of educational
policies and be able to implement change.
There is a range of job titles that this occupational profile relates to
including a School Business Manager, HR Manager, Finance Manager, Office
Manager, School Administrator, Business Support Officer, Bursar,