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SBLVoice Poll 3 : What do Headteachers & Governing Boards need to do to retain SBLs?

During the week commencing 8th November 2021, @SBLConnect polled School Business Leaders on the following question:

What do Headteachers & Governing Boards need to do right now, to retain SBLs in the profession?

The possible answers were:

  1. Increase SBL pay

  2. Offer flexible working

  3. Offer meaningful CPD

  4. Manage SBL workload


This was the third in a new series of opinion polls that SBLConnect are running as part of our new #SBLVoice programme. We hope that SBLVoice will become a resource and a mouthpiece for the School Business Leadership profession - a place where all school business professionals can voice their opinions on topics relevant to our profession, and most importantly, where they will be heard. The number of responses we receive is growing week-on-week. We are a powerful and growing voice.

You can find out more about SBLVoice on our website, where you can also find the results of our other polls.

The Audience

We placed our poll on the @SBLConnect Twitter account, which has 1857 followers, on the ‘School Business Managers UK’ group on Facebook (1,200 members) and the ‘School Business Manager (UK)’ group on LInkedIn (4,351). The poll was posted for 48 hours and in that time we received a total of 576 reponses.

The Results

The results have been split to show the differing opinions of the audiences of the three different social media platforms. In this poll, for the first time, results across all 3 platforms are broadly in agreement. The only marked contract is the higher response rate for ‘Increase SBL pay’ among the Facebook group (44.9%) in contrast to Twitter users (26.6%) and LinkedIn (27.3). Our assumption is that the Facebook group contains a high proportion of primary SBLs, where SBL pay is a known issue.