Heads hand burden back to bursars

PHILLIP Dack, school services manager at a Nottinghamshire secondary, is more comfortable than most when handling big budgets.

But the 37-year-old, who worked in school finance for the local education authority, says: "You need more qualifications to be a beautician than to look after a multi-million-pound school budget."

He is one of the first of 100 bursars graduating from a new training scheme which ministers hope will ease headteachers' workload.

Mr Dack, who works at South Wolds school in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, said the five-month course had helped him take a more strategic look at his role.

The course covers finance, information and communications technology, human resources, and administration, and leads to a certificate of school business management.

A second pilot starts next month and ministers have pledged to provide 1,000 training places by 2006.

See www.ncsl.org.ukbursar

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