Sources of training and support for school business professionals in schools, trusts and other organisations.
Continuing professional development and training is available for school business professionals in:
- other organisations
This is supported by:
- resources, tools and case studies on school resource management
- peer networks to help schools and trusts work together and share their knowledge
- development programmes for governors and clerks
- training and funding to help schools and trusts improve teaching, leadership and governance
The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) has published a suite of professional standards for school business professionals.
Use these standards to:
- review your abilities
- identify areas for development
Head teachers and governors may use these standards for recruitment and performance management.
There are a variety of qualifications for school business professionals, depending on your experience and preferred method of study.
We do not endorse any particular qualification. You should make sure that any course of study meets your needs.
- Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship – for new or aspiring school business professionals, helping administrators develop key skills and behaviours
- Level 4 School Business Professional – for new or aspiring school business professionals, including those already in post
- Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship – for professional managers in private, public or third sector organisations
- Level 7 Senior Leaders Masters Degree Apprenticeship (school leaders) – for middle and senior school leaders, such as school business directors, chief operating officers, chief executive officers and chief finance officers
- Level 4 Diploma for School Business Professionals – for new or aspiring school business professionals, including those already in post
- Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders – for experienced school business professionals who work closely with senior leadership teams
National professional qualifications
- National Qualification for Middle Leaders – for aspiring or current middle leaders with responsibility for leading a team
- National Qualification for Senior Leaders – for aspiring or current senior leaders with cross-school responsibilities
- Level 2 Award in Bookkeeping in Educational Establishments - for new operational finance staff working in any educational establishment
- Level 3 Certificate in Administering Finance in Education – for new and existing finance staff and business professionals, covering all aspects of administering finance in educational establishments
- Level 4 Certificate in Managing Finance in Education – for new and existing finance staff and business professionals, covering all aspects of managing finance in educational establishments
ISBL have published a list of specialist qualifications, which includes:
- estate management
- finance training
- occupational safety and health
- human resources
These organisations provide training and support for school and trust leaders.
This list is not exhaustive. Other organisations provide training and support that may better meet your needs.
We do not endorse any particular organisation. You should follow your procurement process if you choose to buy any of the services offered.
Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
ASCL is a leading professional body representing school, college and education system leaders across the UK.
Its annual conference for school business leaders includes a range of professional development activities on strategic financial management.
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
CIPFA is the professional body for people in public finance.
Their services include academy specialists who provide guidance on:
- financial management
- business matters
Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
CST is the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England.
They advocate, connect and support executive and governance leaders.
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Most local authorities offer training in financial management for their local schools. They may offer services to other schools and trusts too.
National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)
NAHT is an independent trade union and professional association whose services include direct support and training on finance and resource management.
National Governance Association (NGA)
NGA is an independent charity that supports and promotes good governance in schools and trusts.
UNISON is the UK’s largest public service union. They represent full time and part time staff who provide public services, including school business professionals.
Last updated 5 November 2019 + show all updates
- Added a link to free training on ICFP for school leaders.
- Qualifications added to 'Specialist qualifications' section.
- First published.