The ISBL Professional Standards


There are many new iterations of school business leadership; some operating as generalist, some as specialist and indeed now a number of practitioners operating at senior executive level. These are all accommodated within the ISBL Professional Standards. 

Many SBLs are working across multiple establishments and in some cases multiple regions as centralisation becomes more commonplace and with greater opportunity comes increased accountability.


The ISBL Professional Standards are intended to: 

  • Set out the core and specialist areas of competence required to be successful in the School Business Leadership role;

  • Assist those currently working in, or aspiring to work in, the School Business Leadership role to undertake their duties as expertly as possible;

  • Set out the content of both initial and continuing professional development for those entering or developing their career in the profession;

  • Provide a framework for the development of qualifications and other professional recognition for school business leaders.


Professional Standards and ISBL Membership

ISBL membership is directly linked to the four tiers described in the Professional Standards with a unique professional institute category available for those at entry level through to those operating as senior executive leaders.



For further information about the national professional standards framework, and to discuss how it might apply to you, please contact the ISBL training team on


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Click here to view the ISBL Professional Standards terms and conditions.