Are you an experienced and qualified School Business Manager who recognises the need for CPD that takes into account significant changes in recent years?

Are you employed or looking to be employed as a ‘specialist’ across different schools?

Are you an aspiring school business manager who, with a school’s support, would like to take the first steps towards a qualification, rather than completing the full DSBM in one go?

We offer Individual units from the most recently updated (June 2016) Programme of Study that provide 9/10 credits each at level 4. These will be delivered as online units, facilitated and supported by national experts, recognised as a qualification in its own right. The individual units we offer are:

Finance in a school

Procurement in a school

Supporting Human Resource Management in a School

Supporting School Infrastructure Management

Marketing in a School

Please note, you do not need to be enrolled on our full ILM Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers programme to access the individual units. 

 

Who is this for?

  • Experienced and qualified school business managers looking for additional CPD in a developing area that they may have studied some time ago
  • Individuals working as experts (finance, HR, marketing etc) within a MAT or school network
  • Aspiring individuals looking to study and gain a qualification in a specialist area to support their professional development (must have the support of a school to engage in school-based activities)

How to apply

Please complete the online registration form in the right-hand bar to apply for a place.

The next Finance in a school individual unit starts in spring 2020 in March. 

The next Procurement individual unit starts in autumn 2020 in September. 

The following individual units will be starting in autumn 2020: Supporting Human Resource Management in a School, Supporting School Infrastructure Management, and Marketing in a School. 

What can you study?

We offer five individual units from the updated (June 2016) Programme of Study that provides 9/10 credits each at level 4. Each individual unit is therefore recognised as a qualification in its own right. You can choose any of the following:

Finance in a school
35 guided learning hours

The purpose of this unit is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to support the management of finances in a school.

The learning outcomes for Finance cover:

  • Understanding finance decisions made in school
  • Using financial information support strategic and business decision-making
  • The interpretation of financial information for reporting purposes
  • Costing options as part of strategic decision-making
  • Costing options in a business case

Procurement in a school
35 guided learning hours

The purpose of this unit is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to support the tendering process to ensure value-for-money and oversee the management of contractors and suppliers in a school environment.

  • Understand procurement strategy in a school
  • Be able to manage the tendering process
  • Know how to support contractor and supplier management in a school
  • Understand different joint working arrangements in a school

Supporting Human Resource Management in a School
30 guided learning hours

The purpose of this unit is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to support the management of human resources within a school environment and ensure regulatory and legal compliance.

  • Understand how employment and discrimination law impact school operations
  • Be able to review school staffing structures
  • Understand the principles and procedures for recruitment and selection in schools
  • Understand how reward and recognition can be used in a school
  • Be able to support professional development in a school

Supporting School Infrastructure Management
35 guided learning hours

The purpose of this unit is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to contribute to the planning, management and review of asset and capital activities in a school.

  • Understand asset management in a school
  • Be able to review and plan school asset management activities
  • Be able to support capital management activities in a school
  • Be able to support resources and facilities management in a school

Marketing in a School
30 guided learning hours

The purpose of this unit is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills needed to support the planning, management and review a range of marketing activities in a school.

  • Be able to plan and evaluate school marketing activities
  • Understand the importance of managing a school’s reputation
  • Know how communication and promotional activities can be effectively used by schools
  • Be able to identify and plan Income generating activity in a school

How is it delivered?

These will be delivered as interactive online units, facilitated and supported by national experts. Delivery will include webinars and opportunities to collaborate with peers and tutors. Assessment is through the completion of school-based tasks and an e-portfolio of evidence.

What does it cost?

Each individual unit starting in spring 2020 costs £380+VAT.

Members of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) are entitled to a 5% discount (ISBL membership number required).