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Top 5 Challenges Facing School Business Managers

Published on 11/05/16

A school business manager is responsible for providing professional leadership and management to the school's support and teaching staff. They are employed to enhance the overall effectiveness of the team in order to improve standards of learning and achievement throughout the school.

To strategically ensure the most effective use of resources, in support of the school's objectives, is a pretty big task. This is a role that certainly comes with many challenges.

People are adverse to change

Unfortunately, once a system has been implemented and becomes the 'norm' within any business, company, or body - people find it difficult to encompass any drastic alterations to that system. We're sure that you, at some point, would have experienced a change - great or small - that you initially disagreed with. Whether it be your local supermarket changing the layout of their store or a software update on your phone. However, it is important to remember that without change, there is no development and without development there is no room for real progression.

Negative perceptions

It is difficult to start a new job and make significant changes without rocking the boat a little. School business managers may not always find themselves on the Christmas card list of everyone at the school; however, their role is all about making the school better for children. So rock away - just be careful not to fall in.


Fractious communication could have significantly detrimental effects within any school. Communication should be between not only staff, but also pupils and parents. Talk to everyone to identify their frustrations and challenges; listen to their responses, outline what they want and find a way of implementing a solution that takes all opinions into consideration. This may result in having to compromise, which leads us nicely into our next point of consideration...

Keeping everyone happy

Changing people's mindsets is easier said than done. It doesn't matter how passionate you are with an idea, there are going to be people who disagree. The only way to alleviate some of the backlash is to educate people as to what changes you're putting forward, why you're suggesting them and how it will be beneficial for everyone involved. If you implement a new system, ensure you make the time to train everyone involved in order for them to operate proficiently and effectively.


The best way to achieve progression is to empower your staff. By evaluating your colleagues skill sets you are able to easily identify the areas in which they will excel. From there, you will be able to empower them to do their roles more effectively.

At the end of the day, the role of the school business manager should be about making the school better for the staff, parents and most of all - the children. This isn't something that will happen overnight and without query. But this is a role that doesn't go without making waves.

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Laura Sutton

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