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How do you define the role of a school business manager?

School funding and finance
The role of the school business manager is still a varied one, with the position taking many different forms in different schools. Kate Gilliford looks at some current trends.

I often come into contact with  experienced school business managers (SBMs) or bursars and my conversations with these professionals make me realise how difficult it is to generalise about the nature of their role.

As part of my work as a researcher for The Key, I have found that in some schools, SBMs are part of the senior leadership team, and in other schools they are not. 

Some SBMs are accountable to the headteacher or a deputy, while others are on a par with the headteacher and report directly to the governing body.

In one school, the SBM might manage a number of staff, but in a neighbouring school the SBM might not manage anyone.

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