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There is an ongoing revolution in the running of state schools and this is making the position of the school business manager both significant and necessary. Government thinking, together with profound changes in society generally, will affect every institution both in terms of pedagogy and the physical environment, particularly technology and levels of security employed. This free course, School business manager: Developing the role, will look at how you, an existing or aspiring business manager, can work effectively to support school activities and stakeholders, and in particular how you can support and manage aspects of the change agenda in your school to improve teaching and learning outcomes.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- review a job description for a business manager that takes account of today's context
- understand how a business manager can support teaching and learning and all stakeholders
- understand and use a range of analytical tools
- apply these analytical tools to your school's situation, in particular responding to government agendas
- understand how benchmarking data can be used to compare and contrast expenditure and resource management.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 A revolution in schools
- 2 How can you predict the future?
- 3 Extending services into the future
- 4 Putting plans into action
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School business manager: developing the role
There is an ongoing ‘revolution’ in the running of UK state schools and this is making the position of the school business manager (or bursar) both significant and necessary. Government thinking, together with profound changes in society generally, will affect every institution both in terms of pedagogy and the physical environment, particularly technology and levels of security employed.
This course will look at how you – an existing or aspiring business manager – can work effectively to support school activities and stakeholders, and in particular how you can support and manage aspects of the change agenda in your school to improve teaching and learning outcomes.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 29th March 2016
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