Bridging Module for ISBL Fellowship

Are you receiving the recognition that you deserve?

There are now two routes available to achieve ISBL fellowship: you can demonstrate that you hold a level 6 (graduate level) qualification along with your practice evidence. If this is you then you can apply for fellowship today, click here.

Or you can now undertake a short level 7 bridging module, developed in partnership with the University of Chester that will accredit prior learning and experience. If you wish to accredit your prior learning and experience then the ISBL Bridging module is for you. 

This online module is delivered by the University of Chester and provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your own role as a school business management professional against the ISBL professional standards and the academic literature that supports senior leadership in schools. 


How will I learn?

Once registered you will have access to a range of resources which include, videos, narrated PowerPoints, journal articles, e-books and online discussion forums. You will also have access to your own dedicated university tutor who will be able to answer any questions that you have, either by email, telephone or via online conferencing, such as Skype. 

The materials are structured in such a way as to guide you through the reading and the associated assessment. You are also provided with a framework to support your writing and an outline assignment structure. Your tutor will also be able to provide you with comments on a draft version of your assignment prior to submission. 

Successful completion of the module usually takes one academic term, depending on your own commitments, and all successful students receive a University of Chester certificate stating that they have achieved 20 credits at Masters Degree level.


What can I do with these credits?

The credits you will receive as a result of your bridging programme will enable you to apply for ISBL Fellowship, but also you can continue your learning and complete 2 further modules from over 14 to achieve the 40 credits needed for a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. For full details of the modules please visit:


 Practitioners comments on the bridging module:


"When I learnt that my AAT and CIMA Foundation qualifications were not enough to allow me to apply for Fellowship of ISBL I was gutted to say the least.  I wanted to be a Fellow so that I could continue to promote the importance of the role and how essential it is to schools

I learnt of the Bridging Module which would help me get across the bridge (pardon the pun) to Fellowship application.  If I told you I enrolled without any apprehension or sheer panic I would be lying!  I was terrified as I am not a natural academic and reading and assignment writing do not come easily.   

My fear was totally unjustified as the Module was so useful and insightful.  It gave me a chance to reflect on what I actually do and the difference I make.  Steve Lambert at Chester University couldn’t have been more helpful and supportive and helped me with how to present this. 

I found a couple of ‘study buddies’ who were doing the Module at the same time and we helped each other through, and all passed together sharing our success.

The problem with our profession is that we get on and do the job; we don’t reflect enough on the difference we make and the module helped me do this which in turn has helped improve my practice.

I did it – so can you! "

Lesley Burton, Exec Business Manager  St John's CE Primary School and Woodlands CE Primary School, Bradford.

“I was delighted when ISBL informed me that this bridging module would be available. I did not hesitate in agreeing to pilot the scheme 

“I had spent time beforehand reading various publications and articles about leadership styles and could relate many of the studies to my work as a school Business Manager. Dr Lambert was extremely supportive and I cannot thank him enough for the advice and help he provided. I was delighted, when I was informed that I had passed and now intend to apply to become a ISBL Fellow.”

Nicky Gillhespy, School Business Manager, Cheam Fields Primary School.


To apply for the bridging module please click here