School business manager: Developing the role
School business manager: Developing the role

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School business manager: Developing the role

1 A revolution in schools

The school we are in today will not be the school we are in tomorrow. This is especially apparent when the government's Extended Schools and Every Child Matters agendas for English schools are added to the mix, together with remodelling and the changes to the 14 – 19 phase. For details of the bursar's key role in this process visit Bursar's role in remodelling [accessed 26 January 2007].

Admittedly, there is no ‘one size fits all’ business manager (or bursar) role. The position and responsibilities vary immensely between schools. So, to begin, turn to Activity 1 to assess where you are now.

Activity 1

Compare your job description with the following resources, which can be found by clicking on the ‘view document’ links below:

  • My job description (course author)

  • The range of duties of business managers from O'Sullivan, Thody and Wood.

  • Suggested bursar basic functions from DfES (2004) Looking for a Bursar.

  • You may also like to review the bursar modular job description from DfES (2004) Looking for a Bursar.

Click here to read a job description

View document [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Click here to read Bursars’ expected roles from O'Sullivan, Thody and Wood.

Click here to read about the functions of a Bursar

Click here to read a job description for a Bursar

  • Are there any differences?

  • What would account for these?

  • Does your job description adequately reflect the strategic role and short-, medium- and longer-term objectives?

  • Is there a clear difference between responsibilities and specific accountabilities?

Make notes on areas where you feel your job description may benefit from amendment.

At the end of the course, you may wish to revisit your job description in light of the activities you have completed.


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