The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) has been unveiled – with a pledge to provide a voice to all school business professionals. The new Institute will succeed the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) and has a more formal role as a representative body for the school business profession.
Since NASBM’s plans to become an institute were announced, the sector has been consulted on what should be the priorities of the new organisation and a clear mandate has emerged. School business professionals feel the priority for ISBL is to ensure they have greater professional status and credibility.
Speaking ahead of the official launch of ISBL, its chief executive Stephen Morales commented:
“School business professionals have rightly called for greater professional status, recognition and credibility. This was clear in the feedback that we received since announcing the transition of NASBM to ISBL and, therefore, ensuring practitioners enjoy the status they deserve will be central to our role as an institute.
“The community of school business professionals is a critical yet diverse part of the education workforce. Some roles are well established, some are emerging, and some will undoubtedly experience significant change as the education system evolves.
“It is important, therefore, that we reach out to, and remain relevant to, all those operating as school business professionals, irrespective of existing or legacy job titles, role iterations, years of experience or indeed the context in which they operate. Inclusivity is central to our strategy and we will seek to provide development pathways both for those new to the profession as well as more senior education executives.”
School standards minister, Nick Gibb, added: “School business professionals have an important role in helping schools deploy their resources efficiently to ensure a maximum focus on delivering high quality education and a rigorous curriculum for their pupils. I welcome the work of the Institute of School Business Leadership to raise the status of business professionals in our schools, helping them deliver ever improving educational outcomes for young people.”
The consultation also found that more than 90% of school business professionals felt their roles were increasingly complex with greater levels of responsibility and accountability. Worryingly, despite this, only half felt that the senior leadership team (SLT) viewed their role as being essential within the school.
Stephen Morales concluded by commenting on the future focus of the institute and all those within it:
“This is perhaps the most significant period in the history of school business management; our move to institute status comes at a time when the role of the school business professional has become critical to the survival and sustainability of all state-funded schools.
“It will be important for us to take responsibility for our own knowledge creation and innovation and we’ll be encouraging practitioners to contribute to and share sector-led research as we build a repository of case studies, practice excellence and thought leadership content.”
ISBL officially launched on Monday November 20, 2017, following the final NASBM Annual Conference (November 16-17).