In order for teachers to be able to focus on teaching and learning there is a growing need to invest in training for other members of staff in order for them to support the business side of running a school. Bursars and business managers can play a significant part in these reforms, bringing their expertise to bear on the planning and management of resources, as well as taking some of the management load off headteachers.
In its White Paper "The Importance of Teaching" (section 8.22 page 84) the Department for Education recognises the importance of school business managers.
"School business managers make a significant contribution to the effective financial management of a school, saving on average 20-33 per cent of a head teacher's time and covering their own salary in savings. Obtaining the services (shared or full time) of a high quality business manager should be a priority for all governors and head teachers, unless there is someone in the management team with the relevant skills to undertake the role."
A number of schools across the County have invested time & money in training a member of the support staff to undertake the role of Bursar. This has traditionally been a role that secondary schools have taken on but now primary schools are beginning to see the value this role can add to school life.
- Looking for a Bursar?
DfES have released guidance for schools around developing the role of Bursar within school. Click here to download the PDF file.
- Bursar website
See the dedicated area of the Teachernet website for more information
- Bursar Development Programme
For more details of the National College of School Leadership (NCSL) 'Certificate of School Business Management' click here and 'Diploma in School Business Management' click here The local cohort CSBM/DSBM application round is now open and is due to start in Spring 2011. You can also apply for future intakes.
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