How to use the Professional Standards


Whether you are a new SBP or an experienced SBP, self-assessment against the Professional Standards will provide you both with crucial evidence to enable you to plan and support your next career steps.

ISBL have partnered with Best Practice Network to develop a self-assessment tool, which will enable you to easily plot your skills and experience, and so plan your career development.

The tool is available only to ISBL members. To request access and password to use the tool please contact [email protected] (Please remember to quote your membership number).

The self-assessment tool is one of the benefits of being an ISBL member. If you are not a member, you can find out more about joining ISBL here.

Headteacher and governance guidance

We have produced a short guide to inform headteachers, senior leaders and governors about the ISBL professional standards and how they can use used with schools and trusts. Click here to find out more.

This includes areas such as: organisational development, recruitment, training and development, performance management and when setting school business practitioners’ pay.

We encourage you to make sure that the senior leaders and governors of your school are aware that you are working within a sector-endorsed framework.

Case studies

The aim of these case studies is to support your career development and to provide an insight as to how the ISBL Professional Standards are used as evidence.

These case studies also demonstrate how School Business Leaders are using the Professional Standards to underpin their roles and are making significant contributions in their schools and trusts.

Aspiring School Business Leader self-assessment

ISBL Members are keen to share their career insights with others. Our case studies, like this one from Charlotte Allin  will help you to understand how you can build your career in the sector. Charlotte is an aspiring School Business Leader based at Keswick School in Cumbria. Click here to access her case study.

School Business Leader self-assessment

The ability to realistically self assess the scope and impact of your Professional Development is an important consideration that applies to every stage of your career. ISBL has provided two case studies from School Business Leaders.

Lesley Burton is a Schools Business Leader based at St John’s CE Primary School in Bradford. Click here to access her case study.

Alison Lodge is a School Business Leader based at Broadgreen Primary School in Liverpool. Click here to access her case study.

School Business Leader role description updates

Gill Sax is Strategic Business Manager based at the James Wolfe School with Centre for Deaf Children in Greenwich, London. Click here to access her case study.

School Business Leader job role and salary benchmarking using the Professional Standards and sector research

Click here to access the salary benchmarking exercise completed by Jo Marchant which utilised the ISBL Professional Standards as well as ISBL and sector research.

School Business Manager and Company Secretary – career journey, self-assessment and organisational development

Alison Moon is School Business Manager and Company Secretary based at Warden House Primary School in Deal, Kent. Click here to access her case study.

Christine Bellchambers is Finance and Business Manager based at Wyvern Academy in Weymouth, Dorset. Access her case study.

Director – supporting the SBM team in a Trust

Josh Greaves is Business and Operations Director based at the Wellspring Academies Trust in Barnsley. Click here to access his case study.