The Professional Clerking Programme – new for 2018!

The Professional Clerking Programme is a new, nationally available development opportunity designed for those working in a clerking role. The whole programme is focused on the DfE Clerking Competency Framework, and so applicable for clerks in all educational settings. The two face-to-face workshops with an experienced facilitator and eight modules focus on the development of clerking competencies. 

It develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide professional clerking to the governing boards of maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts. Read the competency framework here.

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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.

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To register your interest in the 2018 cohorts please email:


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.

To view and book the course go to the training calendar


Level 5 Certificate in Human Resources for School Business Professionals – new for 2018!

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) working in partnership with ISBL is pleased to announce the availability of a specially constructed and contextualised Level 5 programme for school business professionals. It’s an innovative course, the first of its kind in the UK and is ideal for school business professionals with responsibility for HR and people development.  The programme should also be considered by school business professionals who aspire to develop a specialist HR role in the future.


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

The first course starts in May 2018 and we're already taking bookings for what promises to to be an exciting and rewarding partnership with the CIPD.

To find out more about the course click here

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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:

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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 calendar


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