School Business Management

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The professional confidence to take on the challenges ahead

The School Business Management (SBM) profession has risen quickly in recent years, particularly as the majority of schools in England move from a local authority school-based model to a centrally funded academy model. The role of a School Business Manager has also evolved from school bursar and school secretary to include senior management of all administrative and logistical aspects of running a school efficiently.

ILM's latest School Business Management qualifications are designed to develop the careers of non-teaching staff in schools by:

  • Formally recognising successful School Business Manager skills
  • Aligning leadership and management skills to the new Professional Standards.

ILM's new qualifications have been developed with the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) and are based on latest professional standards. Starting with building essential skills in school management at Level 4 through to improving strategy development and implementation skills at Level 5, these qualifications are designed specifically for an education setting. 

Follow the links below to read more about each qualification and to find a training provider:

ILM Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers

ILM Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders


Letter of Support ISBL

Letter of Support NST

Purpose Statement for Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders

Purpose Statement for Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers


Deliver School Business Professional qualifications

ILM can quality assure your existing programmes and/or provide advice and guidance to enable your organisation to deliver the new Diplomas for School Business Leaders/Managers and other ILM qualifications.

Become an ILM approved centre

*All ILM qualifications are awarded by The City and Guilds of London Institute which was founded in 1878 and is incorporated by Royal Charter.

ILM Young Leaders Award

Give young people a lifelong gift. Teach them to lead.

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