SBM Competency Framework

The SBM Competency Framework is used to:

  • underpin the design of school business management qualifications, training courses and programmes
  • inform school business management role design, recruitment and selection, performance management and succession planning
  • inform career development and continuing professional development

It recognises the many varied titles and roles applied to individuals within the school business management profession, working in different settings and with different levels of responsibility, identifying four broad levels:

  • School administration (SA)
  • School business management (SBM)
  • Advanced school business management (ASBM)
  • Extended school business management, i.e. school business director (ESBM)

It also lists the professional attributes, knowledge, understanding, and skills relevant to the different roles covering the following areas:

  • Managing self and personal skills
  • Providing direction
  • Facilitation change 
  • Working with people
  • Effective use of resources
  • Achieving results

The latest version of the framework, revised in spring 2014, can be found here.

NASBM welcomes feedback on the content and use of the framework; please email with your observations.