School business managers and administrators

School business managers (SBMs) and school administrators

Business Managers and other office administrative staff provide essential services for the whole school covering pupil attendance, admissions, managing school clubs/trips, staff recruitment, finance, school website and admin support for the whole school

School business manager

A school business manager will utilise their specialist skills to manage school finances and resources and bring a business dimension to strategic planning in the school. The duties undertaken will depend on the specific needs of the school but may include:-

  • professional and financial advise to the Headteacher. SLT and Governors
  • strategic lead for non curriculum functions across the whole school
  • responsibility for site development /project management within the school
  • accountability for the efficient management of School Finances, Human Resources, Health and Safety and Facilities Management
  • line/performance management of staff
  • development of collaborative partnerships with other schools and organisations
  • Procurement / cost saving activities

SBMs act as vital leaders in our Schools. Well-trained and qualified SBMs provide schools with access to unique skills and important technical knowledge. They have access to membership of professional body ISBL with specific professional standards.

ISBL Professional Standards — ISBL

There are a range of specialist qualifications:

All school support staff can access a range of CPD and training via Ealing CPD online

School administrators

Provide essential administrative services for the whole school providing day to day office support in a range of functions

Roles include, Office Manager, Receptionist, Admissions Officer; Attendance Officer, Finance Officer and general Administrators

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Undertake reception duties, answering routine telephone and face-to-face enquiries/visitors
  • Assist with pupil first aid and welfare, looking after sick pupils, liaising with parents and staff
  • Maintain manual and computerised records/ management information systems.
  • Undertake ICT based tasks
  • Undertake routine administration
  • Manging pupil attendance
  • Managing admissions processes
  • Pupil data input
  • Financial processing
  • Marketing
  • Procurement
  • Managing finance and office procedures
  • Overseeing Health and Safety of the school premises

Job descriptions (link to generic) on EGfL

  • Alison Bennett, School workforce and governance development: 8825 6689/ 07545 412205
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Last updated: 29 Feb 2024

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