ISBL Fellowship - Making a difference, building the Profession

By growing the ISBL community of Fellows and then actively engaging with you and other stakeholders ISBL will continue to:

  • Formally recognise and raise awareness of excellent practice and expertise within the profession

  • Encourage the profession to aspire to excellence and higher standards of practice

  • Improve the practice of School Business Leadership by encouraging ongoing participation in professional development

 

Benefits of becoming an ISBL Fellow

If successful, you will become part of a strong, growing, influential and diverse network of like-minded people who want to develop and drive forward the School Business Leadership standards and build the reputation of the profession. You will be working alongside the Institute and our sector stakeholders to ensure that school leaders and governors fully recognise the contribution School Business Leadership professionals make to school improvement and development.

Being recognised as an ISBL Fellow demonstrates that you are a leader within the profession, have achieved a high level of professional expertise and are committed to developing your knowledge and skills to meet the ever-changing demands of the education sector. You are also showing your commitment to upholding the very highest ethical standards. ISBL maintains a public register of our Fellows and ISBL Fellows can use the designation FISBL after their name and on printed material.

Our Fellows receive:

  • An ISBL Certificate

  • An invitation to an annual dedicated professional development event for ISBL Fellows.

  • An invitation to have your achievements showcased in The Voice, ISBL's member magazine.

  • An opportunity to join the ISBL Network of School Efficiency Advisor

Following award, your name will be included on our Current Fellows Register

 

Eligibility criteria

1. Have at least three years recent experience working at a senior level in School Business Leadership professional role.

2. Hold a qualification at Level 6 or above in school business management or in a subject which supports your professional practice in at least one of the following areas of school business management:

  • Leading Support Services

  • Finance

  • Procurement

  • Infrastructure

  • HR

  • Marketing

For individuals not currently holding a level 6 (graduate qualification) then the ISBL Bridging Module, which accredits prior learning and experience, may be the best route to fellowship.

 

3. Demonstrate significant experience and evidence of impact in at least two of the disciplines listed below (one discipline must be LSS).

  • Leading Support Services (LSS)

  • Finance

  • Procurement

  • Infrastructure

  • HR

  • Marketing

 

4. Provide evidence of ongoing commitment to, and impact of, continuing professional development (CPD).

5. Provide evidence of leadership within and support for the School Business Leadership profession.

6. Demonstrate the highest standards of professional conduct.

Providing evidence means to submit documents which confirm your involvement and impact against requirements 3-5. These documents should be submitted in addition to your application form. Please read the guidance and FAQs for more information.

 

How to apply

A guidance document explaining the application process and the application form are available using the links below: 

You can also read the FAQs and view a sample application here.

You may also find these templates useful for demonstrating your professional development within your application:

Learning DiarySWOT Analysis, and Personal Development Plan

 

When to apply

The application windows are open each year between:

Apply between 1 October and 31 March for the Fellowship Assessment Panel in early May

Apply between 1 April and 30 September for the Fellowship Assessment Panel in early October

 

Submitting your application

By email: Completed applications can be submitted via email to fellowship@isbl.org.uk.

By post: Please send your completed application to: Professional Development Department, ISBL, 53 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH

Please note that an administration charge of £75 applies to all applications for Membership.

ISBL requests applicants submit a hard copy of their application