Why Outsourcing Your Back Office Services Can Help Create a Highly Successful School Environment

With increasing demands on schools to steer their own ship and develop their own strategies for income generation, cluster collaboration, optimising staff deployment, planning the curriculum and narrowing the attainment gap, headteachers and school business managers are already stretched to their limits in terms of workload.

Getting an external partner to carry out certain back-office functions can enable the school’s focus to be placed on teaching and learning, and can alleviate much of the burden of pressure.

However, for many schools, having a third-party organisation to fall back on to manage statutory operations such as pay, pensions and HR can be more than just a time-saver.

Commenting on the benefits of outsourcing services to an external professional, School Business Manager Helen Peace from St Joseph’s Catholic College in Swindon said: “As an accounting officer it’s good to have peace of mind that we are complying with all the legislative requirements in the appropriate way.”

Outsourcing can prove cost effective in the longer term. For example, the cost of engaging Strictly Education to manage your payroll and pension process each month works out up to 50% cheaper than employing a dedicated Payroll Officer.

Ensuring school operations are acquitted to the highest level of skill and professionalism provides another reason for outsourcing certain school management tasks to a third party. Although the role of School Business Manager is typically fulfilled by highly organised and competent individuals, not everyone can know everything.

As Helen pointed out: “It’s best to outsource according to your budget and level of capability.”

In other words, if you are lacking in skills in certain areas of your school operation, then help is at hand.

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