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Integral role of the School Business Manager

8 August 2013

The Guardian has highlighted the integral role of school business managers and how that role has recently become more demanding. Increasing numbers of schools are becoming responsible for managing their own budgets, entering into their own contracts and hiring their own staff. Furthermore, as groups of schools come together to collaborate e.g. in multi-academy trust structures and hard federations, the size of the budgets being managed can be huge.

This increased autonomy coincides with increased scrutiny from local and central government. Academies must comply with their funding agreements, company and charity law and the Academies Financial Handbook; maintained schools must ensure compliance with the Scheme for Financing Schools. Business managers are central to this compliance and will need advice from various professionals including accountants, auditors, bankers and lawyers to ensure that they fulfil their legal and contractual obligations. It is vital that school leaders ensure that their business managers are valued, supported and can benefit from ongoing training to help them meet this demanding role.

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