ISBL Professional Standards

A major priority for NASBM in 2015 was the development of a suite of professional standards for school business leaders, comparable to those already available for other staff in schools.

There have been significant developments in the education sector since then, and we felt the time was right to review these standards to ensure both their natural evolution and relevance.

There are many new iterations of school business leadership; some operating as generalist, some as specialist and indeed now a number of practitioners operating at senior executive level. These are now all accommodated within our revised standards.

Many SBLs will now be working across multiple establishments and in some cases multiple regions as centralisation becomes more commonplace. But with greater opportunity comes increased accountability.


These standards are intended to: 

  • Set out the core and specialist areas of competence required to be successful in a role as a School Business Leader

  • Assist those currently working in, or aspiring to work in, the school business profession to perform their role as expertly and efficiently as possible;

  • Set out the content of both initial and continuing professional development for those entering or developing their career in the profession;

  • Provide a framework for the development of qualifications and other professional recognition for school business professionals.

The standards have been used by head teachers and governors to inform and underpin the recruitment and performance management of school business professionals.


Professional Standards and ISBL Membership

ISBL membership is now directly linked to the four tiers described in the Professional Standards with a unique professional institute category available for those at entry level through to those operating as senior executive leaders.



For further information about the national professional standards framework, and to discuss how it might apply to you, please contact the ISBL training team on