The NASBM have released the School Business Managers’ Standards which aim to establish ‘a clear blueprint’ for effective school and academy business management.

The standards framework sets out the six main professional disciplines of school business management, along with six principal behaviours required to be effective in the school business management profession.

Six main professional disciplines are:

  • Leading Support Services:-

Lead, develop and coordinate support services, of your specialist function(s), to support outcomes for pupils across the school/trust by providing high-quality solutions.

  • Finance:-

Ensure the effective management, reporting and recording of the school’s/trust’s finances, including budget planning, monitoring, control and communication of financial information for decision-making.

  • Procurement:-

Procure goods and services on a value-for-money basis (economy, efficiency and effectiveness) to support education delivery within the context of regulatory frameworks and legislation.

  • Infrastructure:-

Ensure the fundamental facilities and services necessary for the school/trust to function are maintained to drive sustainability, support teaching and learning excellence, assist in expansion and support community engagement.

  • Human Resources:-

Human resource management ensuring regulators and legal compliance. Managing, supporting and developing staff to ensure delivery of the school’s/trust’s strategic priorities in line with the vision and School Development Plan (SDP).

  • Marketing:-

Ensure the development of a marketing and communication strategy which promotes the school/trust and defines the brand, aims and goals. Develop pupil recruitment, stakeholder engagement via appropriate communication channels and maximise income generation. Along with the six principal behaviours which are: Resilient Decision Maker Collaborative Challenger Change Catalyst Skilled negotiator

Along with the six principal behaviours which are:

  1. Resilient
  2. Decision Maker
  3. Collaborative
  4. Challenger
  5. Change Catalyst
  6. Skilled negotiator

The NASBM classification of what the behaviours mean can be found Here.

Each professional discipline has a number of ‘functions’ or competencies which need to be facilitated in order to achieve that standard. A full breakdown of the functions can be found Here.

These standards will be embedded into the SchooliP system, allowing you to:

  • Utilise the School Business Managers’ Standards for self-reflection within the target setting process.

  • Collect evidence to support the attainment of the standards, held within a centralised system. The system has the capability to store years worth of evidence so the evidence you need is always available.

  • Allows SBM to self rate with tailored ratings, which line managers can then appraise.

  • Access comprehensive reports in relation to the standards, initiating the process of improvement and engagement.

Interested to find out more about SchooliP and how it can help you with your whole school improvement? Book a demonstration.

Once you’ve got your head around the standards and functions, they are then broken down further into 4 tiers which reflects the level of contribution a School Business Manager is making in order to achieve that function. In addition, the behaviours are broken down into the same tier structure. Watch this space for my next blog on the break down of these tiers!

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