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

Department For Education

April 8
15:19 2021


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 8 April 2021 +show all updates
  1. Updated 'Find a school business professional network' - added 'Leicester Secondary Education Improvement Partnership Business Managers'.

  2. Updated 'Find a school business professional network' - changed email address for 'Blackpool Association of School Business Managers', removed 'West Sussex School Business Managers' and added 'West Sussex Business Managers Group'.

  3. Removed Leicester City Secondary Business Managers Network and added York Group to the East Midlands and the Humber RSC region.

  4. Updated 'Find a school business professional network' - added new online forum section, added 4 new networks, removed 2 networks and updated contact details for 2 networks.

  5. Updated 'Find a school business professional network' with changes to Humber and East Yorkshire School Business Leaders contact email. Also changed a network name to Croydon School Business Professional Network.

  6. Amended the email address for Somerset School Business Leaders and removed Cornwall Association of School Business Management from the South West RSC region in 'Find a school business professional network'.

  7. Added Nuneaton Primary Consortium - School Business Forum to West Midlands RSC. Added National network of special schools for school business professionals to new category All regions.

  8. Added Croydon School Business Manager Network to the South East and South London RSC region in 'Find a school business professional network'.

  9. Updated 'Find a school business professional network': added Lewisham School Business Managers network, updated details for Association of Business Leaders in Education (ABLE) and Coast and Moors School Business Leaders Network, and removed Midland Bursar Group.

  10. Updated the details for 'Cumbria Association of School Business Administration & Management' and 'Leicester City Primary Business Managers Group'.

  11. Added a new network: Trust Business Leaders East London. Also updated contact details for existing networks.

  12. Updated 'Join or create a network for school business professionals' with new information about promoting your network and the DfE schools commercial team.Added Bury School Business Managers' Alliance to directory. Changed North West Secondary Business Leaders' Forum to Manchester and Trafford School Business Leaders Forum.

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