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UK Research Highlights Importance of SBM Role

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UK Research Highlights Importance of SBM Role

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Following interim findings announced by the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) and the University of Manchester, an additional 1 2 demonstration projects are being rolled out across England. A total of 1 90 schools with circa 53,500 pupils will benefit from the additional level of expertise provided by advanced SBMs and School Business Directors.

The projects are investigating a range of issues, including how economies of scale can be achieved across clusters of schools and how a business manager can assist schools' leadership teams and the development of shared infrastructure.

Following the first wave of demonstration projects, key findings of the interim report include:

* Head teachers beginning to report reduced workload, with the higher-level SBM role having a potential to free up to 30% of their time

* Evidence that the new roles are allowing schools to release funds by maximising existing resources and engaging clusters of schools to work together strategically; savings of £30,000 have already been identified across five schools in Durham, with reinvestment being made in learning

* More effective liaison between schools, including the provision of additional support and professional development opportunities

* Links with external agencies to support the 'Every Child Matters' agenda

* A broader remit for SBMs by bringing new skills to school leadership teams and managing important whole-school projects .

Toby Salt, deputy chief executive of NCSL said, "Although it's still early days, these interim findings are very encouraging. …

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