How to become a school business manager
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a foundation degree or degree, or a professional qualification, in a subject like:
- business management
- public administration
- human resources
You'll usually need:
- at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can start by doing a business administrator advanced apprenticeship or school business professional higher apprenticeship.
You can also complete a degree apprenticeship for managers and senior school leaders, depending on your experience.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You may be able to start as a school administrator or secretary. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs, including English and maths. With experience, you could apply for promotion to office manager or business manager.
If you're already working as a school administrator you could take a qualification like the:
- ILM Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management
- ILM Level 5 Diploma in School Business Leadership
The Institute of School Business Leadership has more details about training and qualifications.
You could apply directly to become a school business manager if you have a strong background in finance or management. An accountancy qualification may be needed for some jobs, and you'll need experience of motivating people.
Experience of working in education will be an advantage.
Professional and industry bodies
You can find more details about professional standards and support from the Institute of School Business Leadership and GOV.UK.
You'll find advice about working as a school business manager from the Institute of School Business Leadership and Skills for Schools.