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Welcome to the Somerset School Business Leaders’ Group and to our online forum.  

Historically within North Somerset, Bursars, Administrators and Business Managers have networked for over ten years via the BABM Network.  Over time this has evolved into Somerset School Business Leaders, a regional group of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL). 

This is a valuable professional network available to support our ever changing and expanding roles. We have found this to be the most effective and efficient means of communicating/cascading information to a large audience regarding Finance, HR, Audit, Estates, Marketing, Operations, H&S etc. 

We provide a positive message of support to Operations Managers, Bursars, Finance Managers, Administrators, Business Managers, COOs, Directors and those aspiring to these roles are invited to join our Network who often work in relative professional isolation in a variety of sized schools.  We provide an essential exchange of information with colleagues giving confidence in their own abilities which are confirmed as positive outcomes for schools and academies.  We are an inclusive network and cater for all roles whose responsibilities include all or any of the above, regardless of job description or title. 

We share good practice and CPD opportunities. In the past we have run meetings three times per year, including an annual, all-day Conference and Trade Fair.  This website allows members to access discussions, events and forums including the School Business Forum (a network of over 4000 members), FundED subscription and most excitingly our new Virtual Learning Bank.  This is a suite of short CPD webinars to support aspiring, new and experienced school business leaders with a wide variety of aspects linked to the ISBL professional standards. 

Please do make contact if you require any further information about our network.



Helen Burge
Chair of SSBL


Membership of SSBL is only £35 per year, including access to the online community, an opportunity to share ideas and ask questions; in a "normal" year we have an annual conference and two half day network meetings (normally Term 5 and Term 2), PLUS a subscription to FundEd http://funded.org.uk/ PLUS access to the School Business Forum PLUS access to our Virtual Learning Bank of short webinars the content of which is related to the ISBL professional standards.

To sign up and become a member of Somerset School Business Leaders please use our online application form:-

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