How to become a School Business Manager

Our career advice page will tell you everything you need to know about becoming a School Business Manager.

Job Overview

A School Business Manager is responsible for assisting the headteacher/principal and senior leadership team in the day-to-day running of the school. This will include creating marketing and communication strategies and managing the budget to help the school run efficiently.

Typical Work Hours

35-40 hours a week subject to term times. Some staff work all year round while some take term holidays.


Income varies from £25,000 to £55,000, depending on experience and whether the role is part-time or full-time.

General Duties

  • Attending meetings
  • Budget management
  • Staff recruitment
  • Develop strategies
  • Ensure procedures are adhered to

What Qualifications Do I Need to be a School Business Manager?

Entry Requirments

  • For a Level 2 School Business Manager course, you may need 2 GCSEs at 9-3 (A*-D)
  • For a Level 3 School Business Manager course, you may need 4 GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C)
  • For an apprenticeship, you may need 5 GCSEs at 9-3 (A*-C)


We offer a online Level 2 School Business Manager course package which includes . Click here to find out more. 

Work experience for a School Business Manager


You can gain relevant School Business Manager work experience through working with children, examples of this are:

  • Experience as secretary/school administrator 
  • Experience as a manager
  • Experience leading a successful project
  • Business related jobs 

Please note you may require a DBS check.

Tip: Make sure the experience is with a similar age group as the children you would be working with as a School Business Manager.

What Skills Does a School Business Manager Need?


You’ll need a range of skills for a School Business Manager role. These include:

  • Excellent communication and listening
  • Ability to remain calm
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to be able to build relationships
  • Leadership
  • Business management skills

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