School business leader professional standards guidance for headteachers

16 May 2019

The Institute of School Business Leaders has recently released new school business leader professional standards for headteacher and governance guidance - see downloads below.

About the standards

This was launched at the start of May 2019 and has been developed in conjunction with the DfE, NAHT, ASCL, NGA, Unison and Hays to help employers better understand the role of school business professionals in order that they can recruit, develop and appraise these roles more effectively.

The standards set out a clear blueprint for effective school and academy business leadership. They impose no glass ceilings on the profession but continue to recognise that practitioners are at different stages in their professional journey.

Employers should use the professional standards to support performance management and to develop their teams; and indeed, those responsible for governance may want to use the standards to help frame appropriate challenge and positive critique,including discussion over organisational design to meet the strategic aims of the setting.

Purpose of the guidance

The purpose of this guidance is to provide a summary of ISBL Professional Standards and to show employers how these can be used to:

  • Assess and identify school business knowledge and skill levels in your organisation
  • Support recruitment
  • Assist induction
  • Support appraisals
  • Help shape CPD and school business career pathways.
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