Event Details



ISBL National Conference 2018


Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November 2018


This is the first ISBL National Conference and is the only two-day event solely dedicated to the school business leadership professional, where all content is tailored specifically to the audience, including national networking opportunities, high quality keynote speakers, interactive workshops, policy direction and practical tools to take back to your school.

The focus of the conference will be on ‘Projecting Professionalism’ – how this can be achieved, who the stakeholders are that can influence this, and how we, as professionals, can and must control our own professional recognition and acknowledgement.

The school business professional role has always been – and will continue to be – an isolated role within a school setting, principally because you are the only specialist professional of your type or are, at least, outnumbered by the pedagogical team even where you lead a team of school business professionals. The teaching and learning professionals are driven by self-assessment and termly reviews of pupil progress, so it is easier for them to project and promote the direct impact that they have on the school, its strategic plans and delivery of pupil outcomes.

As school business professionals, it can feel as though there is far less tangible evidence of the impact that you have on the overall school achievements. However, this is far from the case and the conference aims to show practitioners how they can demonstrate and project the impact that they have as a professional and the specialist influence they have on the success of the school.

Our two-day National Conference is held in November each year. The event attracts 350 delegates, the majority being School Business Leaders, representing primary, secondary and special schools and academies. An exhibition runs alongside the conference featuring over 90 exhibitors’ stands. 


With over 350 delegates in attendance and an array of specialist workshops tailored for the school business professional, make sure you are at the CPD event of the year alongside your fellow professionals.

Please click here to download a copy of the full conference programme. The full workshop programme will be announced shortly.


Headline Sponsor:

Our headline sponsor will be announced shortly.

Gala Dinner

We will be holding our annual gala dinner which will include the silent auction for our charity of the year. 

Charity of the year: 

We will be fundraising in aid of Dementia UK, our chosen charity of the year, by holding a raffle and silent auction at the conference. Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for families living with dementia through their world-class Admiral Nurses. They work hand in hand with families, helping them cope with the fear, uncertainty and difficult everyday reality of dementia.

Please click here to see further details of this charity. 


Keynote Speakers:

  • Damian Hinds, Education Secretary of State - to be invited who delivered a workshop last year to huge acclaim, with requests for him to be the motivational speaker this year. You asked, we deliver. He is!

  • Leora Cuddas, CEO of Freedom and Autonomy for Schools (FASNA) - invited​ which aims to promote and secure autonomy for schools and evidence its success 

  • Professor Karen Starr, Deakin University, Australia whose research areas include educational leadership, organisational change and renewal

  • Charles E. Peterson, President, ASBO International, USA who is also a Chief Finance Officer in one of the Intermediate Units, whose goal is for Intermediate Units to meet student and community needs in a cost-effective manner 

  • Paul Whiteman, General Secretary, NAHT - invited the largest union for school leaders in the UK 

  • Dr Robin Bevan, ISBL Patron and National Education Union (NEU) Vice-chair -to be invited​ talking about principal and SBL partnership



There will be twenty workshop sessions across the two-day conference, which have been developed to respond to the ISBL Professional Standards disciplines. 

The topics covered will include:

  • Emotional confidence and resilience
  • Well-being (staff & pupils)
  • Strategic financial management - how to make your headteacher listen?
  • Complete Catering Support to enable schools to self manage their own catering operation
  • Live mock disciplinary hearing
  • An introduction to the regulatory and legal compliance requirements in the new Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
  • Employment law update
  • Managing compliance across your trust
  • Be your own Superhero – what does your brand say about you


Delegate rates

OPTION                                                                                  MEMBER   |    NON MEMBER 

Full conference - Early bird                                                          £325 + vat                 NA 

Full conference                                                                            £365                  £495

(Includes attendance both days, gala dinner & B&B night of 15 November 2018) 

Day 1 delegate - 15 November 2018                                           £195 + vat                  £250 + vat

Day 2 delegate - 16 November 2018                                           £125 + vat                  £170 + vat

B&B                                                                                               £130 + vat                 £130 + vat

(Wednesday 14 November - single occupancy)

Dinner, B&B                                                                                 £170 + vat                  £170 + vat

(Wednesday 14 November - single occupancy) 

Gala dinner                                                                                   £65 + vat                   £95 + vat

(for guest or day delegates)

*All rates are exculsive of VAT.  

VAT will be applied at the prevailing rate at the time of booking 





Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC, Birmingham B40 1PP










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