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School Administrator

School Administrators are essential to the running of the school, ensuring the appropriate number of staff at all times and keeping to the school budgets.

Potential office roles in a school includes Administrators, Receptionists, Bursars and Business Managers.

Administrators Role and Responsibilities:

  • General clerical/administrative support
  • Data inputting
  • Updating/maintaining manual/computerised record/management information systems including system maintenance/back up files and provision of reports
  • Ordering supplies and equipment
  • Maintaining stock and classroom resources
  • First point of contact with students' parents and guardians
  • Responsibility of following up pupil absence with parents and guardians including recording/ monitoring of absence and production of reports
  • First point of contact regarding teacher absences/contact with supply agencies/associated record keeping/processing of payments

Qualification Required:

  • Employers would expect a good standard of general education 
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office

As an Administrator you will need:

  • Experience of clerical and administrative work
  • Ability to use standard office software
  • Team skills
  • Comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection 

Bursars and Business Managers Role and Responsibilities:

  • Forward budget plans -- including preparation of annual forecasts and budgets
  • Keep a record and monitor all income and expenditure relating to the schools budgets
  • Manage contracts with all external providers
  • Manage staff personnel records and payroll providers
  • Prepare accounting reports, VAT returns and any other financial returns required
  • Prepare financial reports for the Headteacher, governors, local authority and government departments
  • Advise the Headteacher and governors on financial matters
  • Recruitment, training and management of school support staff
  • Responsibility for contracts and tenders for services such as cleaning, catering and IT support
  • Management of the school's administrative systems
  • Marketing, PR and fundraising

Qualifications Required:

  • You will need a strong background in finance, management or similar to become a School Business Manager (SBM)
  • The following qualifications are desired by schools:
  • Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management (formerly CSBM)
  • Level 5 Diploma in School Business Management (formerly DSBM)
  • Level 6 Diploma in School Business Management (formerly ADSBM)

As Business Manager or Bursar you will need:

  • Experience in management, accounting or finance
  • Strong knowledge in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Can plan ahead and make quick, effective decisions
  • Well organisation with good time-management

I just wanted to write this letter to say thank you for giving me the confidence and opportunity to go back into teaching. Having not activley taught for four years after taking maternity leave I wasn't sure if I would be confident enough to go back especially with the introdution of the new primary frameworks and interactive whiteboards. However,the schools you placed me with were really supportive and the encouragement you gave soon got my confidence back and after the first few assignments I felt like I had never been away. I have enjoyed all of my assignments.I really appreciated the time you took to listen about the age range I wanted to work with,that I only wanted to start by doing two days a week and that I did not want to travel too far from home. I would most definitely recommend working for Link Education not only because as employers I thought you were very professional and friendly,but also for schools looking to employ agency staff I think you would do the utmost to ensure you had the most suitable person available.

Link Education Teacher, Essex
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