Specialist Qualifications

Level 4 Accredited finance Training for School Business Managers 

With content specially developed and contextualised by ISBL for School Business Leaders, this programme has been constructed, and will be delivered by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). This year long, blended learning programme will benefit School Business Leaders working in maintained schools who will not convert to academy status for at least 3 years.


Level 7 Certificate in school financial and operational leadership   

This programme will benefit School Business Leaders working in a senior position within finance or business management. It is designed to support professionals who aspire to be Chief Finance officers (CFO) or Chief Operating Officers in schools and academies.

This qualifications aims to improve the leadership and management skills of School Business Leadership professionals across a range of disciplines, with three mandatory units which focus on leading support services, managing school finance and procurement activities.


Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Managing Health and Safety in the workplace is one of the most important considerations for School Business Leaders.

As part of our commitment to your professional development and your CPD,  ISBL are pleased to offer this  IOSH approved course which will be delivered by our partners, In House safety (wholly owned subsidiary of PHSC plc)

This is  2 day, bespoke course is suitable for any manager within a school who has responsibility for managing or implementing health and safety systems, including school business managers, site managers, facilities managers and caretakers  in schools/academies.

At the end of the course delegates will return to their school/academy and be able to:

  • understand the key legal requirements and standards to be achieved within the school
  • understand how accidents occur, and how to implement simple systems to prevent them, also to ensure correct protocols are followed in the event of an accident to reduce criminal or civil liability and reassure colleagues and caregivers
  • conduct a risk assessment and implement a risk assessment strategy
  • identify the key hazards in the school environment and the management and controls of each
  • implement simple safety systems into other business initiatives and responsibilities to enable an integrated approach to safety?

Level 5 Certificate in Human Resources for School Business Professionals

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) has worked in partnership with ISBL to create  a qualification especially for school business professionals with responsibility for HR and people development.

The qualification includes six modules studied over 12 months via classroom training, webinars and workbooks. 

The programme will commence in February 2018. To register your interest please email: training@isbl.org.uk

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The CIPS Corporate Award for ISBL

This award is a procurement and supply learning programme based on CIPS Global Standard and adapted for the education sector. It has been designed to incorporate terminology, practices and unique challenges specific to school business professionals.

The programme includes five modules studied over 12 months. It is delivered using practical assessed assignments, interactive workshops and contextualised case studies to make learning relevant.

The programme will start form Spring 2018 (dates to be confirmed soon). To register your interest please email: training@isbl.org.uk

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For more information on any of the specialist programmes listed above including dates and locations that they are available please view the training calender.


SBM Progression

Following successfully completing your SBM Qualifications you may choose to progress your career further with:

  • National Professional Qualifications in Middle or Senior Leadership
  • Coaching & Mentoring Qualifications
  • MBA or MA level study
  • Accredited CPD 

ISBL are currently working with CIPD and CIPS to introduce accredited training for school business professionals within the disciplines of HR and procurement.

If you are interested in receiving more information on these courses then please send an expression of interest to training@isbl.org.uk