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Guidance: Find, join or create a network for school business professionals

Department For Education

October 15
09:33 2019

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This guide describes how business professionals working in schools can join or create a school business professional network. Networks help professionals to connect and share information.

The school business professional networks directory includes groups that provide peer-to-peer support to help with a broad range of work-related activity, including buying for schools.

You can find potential networks by regional schools commissioner (RSC) region. Inclusion in the directory does not constitute a recommendation by the Department for Education.

All levels of staff can benefit from being part of a network. A network offers many opportunities, including:

  • sharing experience and best practice between members and the wider schools sector
  • creating an on-call community to resolve problems quickly, saving time and money
  • getting better value for money through buying together
  • sharing local benchmarking data
  • linking to wider local, regional and national networks
  • supporting innovation
  • being a communication channel between school business professionals, professional bodies and the Department for Education (DfE)
  • promoting local opportunities and providing peer support for members

Find out how a school business manager (SBM) established a peer-support network of 50 schools to share innovative strategies.

Published 22 February 2018
Last updated 15 October 2019 +show all updates
  1. Added 2 new networks - West Sussex Academy Business Managers Network and Bristol School Business Managers. Also updated names and contact details for existing networks.
  2. How to add a network to the directory has changed.
  3. Added 2 new networks: Solihull Primary and Special School Bursar Group and Swale & Canterbury Finance Forum. Updated contact details for existing networks.
  4. Added new networks: Suffolk Schools Network, Financial Academy Directors (FADs), Harrow School Business Managers, Hampshire Academy Business Managers group, and East Sussex Secondary Business Managers Forum. Updated contact details for existing networks.
  5. Added 5 networks to the 'Find a school business professional network' document and amended one entry.
  6. In document 'Find a school business professional network', added Gateway Alliance School Business Manager Network (South & Central Warwickshire) and removed CHASBM (Cheshire Association of School Business Managers).
  7. Updated link to new version of school business professional (SBP) newsletter in 'Find a school business professional network'.
  8. Updated 'find a school business professional network' contact details and added two new networks in West Midlands RSC and Lancashire and West Yorkshire RSC regions.
  9. Updated 'find a school business professional network' contact details and added a new network in West Midlands RSC region.
  10. Updated 'Find a school business professional network' contact details and added 3 new networks.
  11. Updated 'Find a school business professional network' to include newsletter sign up details and anchor links to the directory. Removed contact us and further information sections.
  12. Added CHASBM (Cheshire Association of School Business Managers), a new network in the West Midlands.
  13. Updated school business professional network directory with Stockport Association of School Business Managers, Humber & East Yorkshire School Business Leaders and Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire School Business Practitioners Network.
  14. Updated school business professional network directory.
  15. Added 2 new networks, renamed School Business Network (South West) to School Business Network (Dorset and Hampshire) and included updated contact details.
  16. Added 4 new entries, amended 1 entry and removed 1 entry from the school business professional network directory.

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