What does a school business manager do?
A major part of this job would be financial management and accounting, for example school business managers might:
- advise the head teacher and governors on financial policy
- plan how to spend and control the budget and reduce costs
- order goods and services and pay suppliers and contractors
- pay salaries
- keep accounts for inspection
- report to the head teacher, governors, and local authority and government departments
The role's other duties may be to:
- recruit, train and manage school support staff
- control school building maintenance
- handle contracts and tenders for services such as cleaning, catering and IT support
- make sure school security as well as health and safety policies are followed
- manage the school's administrative systems
In some jobs, this role may also be involved in marketing, the letting of premises for events, or bidding for funding for a school.
What do I need to do to become a school business manager?
You’ll need a strong background in finance, management, or similar to become a school business manager. An accountancy qualification is a very common requirement in this job.
You may have an advantage with a foundation degree or degree, or professional qualification, in accountancy, business management, public administration, or human resources.
You may be able to start as a school administrator or secretary. You’ll usually need five GCSEs, including maths and English. With experience, you could then apply for promotion to office manager or business manager.
- Five GCSEs, including maths and English
- Accountancy qualification
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?
You could work for a local education authority in a state school or college, in an academy or free school, or for an independent school.