New professional standards for school business managers

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

A set of professional standards for school business managers (SBMs) has been launched by the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM).

The standards set out the “core and specialist areas of competence” required to be successful in the school business management professional role and also focus on CPD.

The standards, which are not mandatory, contain a series of values, ethics and behaviours as well as six individual disciplines, which the NASBM says define school business management. These disciplines are procurement, HR, infrastructure, finance, marketing, and leading support services. The behaviours include decision-making, negotiating, collaboration, resilience and being “a challenger”.

The standards are spread across four tiers to reflect the level of contribution that business managers are making towards the discrete professional disciplines and leadership responsibilities.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “These standards go to show how far the SBM professional role has changed in the last five years, with SBMs working as senior leaders accountable for school business management, leaving heads free to focus on teaching and learning.

"The standards clearly set out the immense and valuable role played by SBMs in managing areas such as finance, human resources, premises management, procurement and IT.”

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