What to expect on a typical day in a school office


Working as a school administrator has a huge influence on the day to day running of a school, but what do some of the regular duties include?

The role itself offers opportunities for progression, as a school admin role could lead to a post as a school business manager or to a position supporting the headteacher.

Those considering a role as a school admin will require a good range of administrative skills and an ability to work as part of a team or individually, often with time pressures.

Communication forms a key part of the role too, both from a written and verbal perspective, as ideas and information must be shared in a way that all staff can understand.

Day to day activities

Someone in a school admin role can expect to be the main contact for parents, governors and pupils, providing updates and information on what is going on at the school.

They’ll also be expected to welcome any visitors to the school and to ensure their needs are dealt with appropriately.

It’s likely that a school admin will use various IT systems to produce newsletters and other forms for parents, alongside financial reports and data for the school.

Schools records will need to be kept up-to-date, noting attendance and absence, alongside any other relevant information.

Other tasks may include producing resources for teachers to use in lessons, especially in smaller schools, as well as ordering in stationary and other resources that are needed, while effectively managing the school budget to do so.

Of course, this is just a snapshot of a school admin role and there could be many other tasks involved, but it helps to paint a picture of what a typical day in a school office can look like.

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