Supported by NASBM, the report highlights how the role has become more pressured in the past five years. Nine out of ten (95%) respondents report they’d taken on more responsibility. Over three quarters also report that the role had become more complicated and they need to deal with more paperwork, contracts and incidents.
Coping with this pressure was a key reason for SBMs to use technology and almost nine out of ten (89%) reported that management software programmes were very important in making their role possible.
The Age of the School Business Manager (SBM) report, commissioned by Every, suggests the role of the SBM, which has seen dramatic growth over the past 15 years, is still in its infancy in state supported schools. It predicts that SBMs will become more critical to schools as pressure is put on their budgets. Over 90% of respondents identified a reduction in school budget as their biggest challenge. Download the research report: The Age of the Business Manager...
Other key findings within the report show that:
SBMs are now becoming integrated into the senior leadership team. This is significant because in many instances the SBM is the first non-teaching position to be appointed. However, nearly one in five (19%) are still not part of the senior team.
Senior leadership teams have changed their attitudes around the role. Respondents to the research report found that two years ago less then half (46%) believed the SBM role was perceived to be valuable or essential compared to 84% today.
The role is increasingly becoming front facing, in the sense of communicating with parents and stakeholders. This is a significant change and perhaps reflects the maturing understanding of the role as much as the evolution of school funding.