Are schools a business?…………………. The complementary roles of the Head teacher and School Business Manager

maryisherwood

April. The start of a new financial year.

In school the budget for 13-14 has been closed down, checks and balances done.  Are we in surplus or deficit? Have we got enough funding to get us through the next  financial year  as the new budget is beset with rising staffing costs, rising costs of Service Level agreements and ongoing pressure on the budget for repairs and maintenance of the building before we even get to any new developments?…………………..

As a headteacher, all of these issues weigh heavily not only just at the time of a new financial year, but indeed all year round. I am not alone in this however; I have a key partner at my side – my School Business Manager. In my own school, her name is Carmen. @cking1607

Over many years, delegation of responsibilities to schools, including financial responsibility, has brought its opportunities and indeed its…

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