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Find, join or create a network for school business professionals

How business professionals working in schools can find, join or create a network of local school business professionals.

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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 14 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 2 new networks, renamed School Business Network (South West) to School Business Network (Dorset and Hampshire) and included updated contact details.
  2. Added 4 new entries, amended 1 entry and removed 1 entry from the school business professional network directory.
  3. Added new contacts in 'Find a school business professional network', to the following networks: Lancashire and West Yorkshire RSC, East Midlands and the Humber RSC, East of England and North East London RSC, North West London and South Central RSC and South East and South London RSC. One contact updated in West Midlands RSC.
  4. Added 5 networks. Updated email address for WASBM network.
  5. Introduction added to 'Schools business professional networks directory'. Minor changes made to 'Join or create a network for school business professionals'.
  6. Added a link to relevant case study 'School business manager peer support improves financial health'. Added HTML doc 'School business professional networks directory'. Changed summary and details to reflect that the directory is now included on this page.
  7. First published.