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This guide is intended to assist headteachers, governors and others involved in running schools, who may be thinking of employing a bursar or developing the contribution of someone already on the school staff.

It also aims to assist those already working as school bursars or considering doing so in identifying areas for development.

The section 'Why have a bursar?' discusses the benefits that bursars can bring to schools, and the specific gains to headteachers and other staff. The section 'The bursar job profile' offers school leaders help in drawing up a job description and specification for a bursar and can also be used as a development tool by school staff.

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  • Introduction
  • Why have a bursar?
  • What kinds of bursar are there?
  • The bursar job profile
  • Annexes