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Case studies

In this section, we share a range of approaches members utilise when setting business leaders' pay and conditions
to provide leaders with contextual, real-life examples.  

Case Study

Dr Chris Ingate | Birchwood High School

Birchwood High School is a large, 11 to 18 single academy trust.  The SLT comprises Principal, two Deputy Principals, three Assistant Principals and the Finance Director (FD). 

The FD is paid on a five-point leadership scale (ISR), subject to performance-related annual increments. The ISR is comparable with the Assistant Principal ISR.  This also gives parity in terms of pension and annual leave. 

The FD can also work flexibly from home for specific work.  He works closely with the School HR Manager around contracts, salary and pensions.  

The FD and HR Manager are the two most senior members of our non-teaching team.  The FD is part of a local network of FDs and SBMs and has a CPD budget allocation to support his CPD. 

It is a structure which works well for us as a school and provides us with leadership, compliance and financial accuracy.  

Case Study

Secondary Headteacher | Secondary, single academy trust, South East England

The Business Manager (BM) is a full member of the leadership team and leader for all support staff in the school.

The BM’s job description is evaluated against the Green Book pay scale but we add a retention payment to match pay progression through leadership scale L11 to L15 – this is the same pay range as for our two Assistant Headteachers. The BM, like all support staff, is eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

Although we are an academy, we continue to follow the Green Book for pay and conditions, and mirror our local authority’s practice, eg for annual leave.

We see the professional development of our BM as crucial with particular benefit in networking opportunities, eg the local Business Managers’ group.

"Being recognised as a full member of the leadership team and being included and encouraged to participate fully in meetings, underpins everything I do even if not directly related to my role. I believe a Business Manager can only be fully effective if they ground their approach in the context of Leadership Team meetings. A strong school will recognise the Business Manager has an important part to play in the leadership of the school and the parity of pay with the AHTs recognises this."

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