About the qualification


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Who is the course for?


The ILM Level 6 School Business Management qualification is designed for those working across small groups of schools or a single large school. Participants are likely to have skills relating to strategic leadership of human resources, finance and facilities management. For experienced SBMs, it develops their knowledge and skills, enabling them to work more strategically and enhance their contribution in complex settings.

The Diploma pathway of units that National Schools Training provides has been determined in consultation with the ILM, taking account of the required framework, and through consultation with practising school business managers, school leaders and education professionals to determine the most beneficial pathway we can provide to enable you to enhance your skills, knowledge and career potential.

We have designed our pathway to be underpinned by our approach to learning and delivered through Distance Learning (DL). 

What are the benefits of the course for SBMs?


What are the benefits for the school?


What does the course cost?



QUALIFICATION UNIT OVERVIEW

Unit 1: Enabling learning
This purpose of this unit is to enable the school business manager to develop knowledge and understanding of the conditions for effective learning in order to allow him or her to play a full role as a strategic leader dedicated to enabling effective learning and teaching across the school.

Unit 2: Measuring school performance
This purpose of this unit is to enable the school business manager to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key issues associated with measuring the performance of schools, including how various approaches and particular tools can be used to ensure school accountability in the general policy context.

Unit 3: Transforming schools as organisations
This purpose of this unit is to enable the school manager to develop their knowledge and understanding of how and why schools are changing as organisations and how to apply the disciplines of organisation theory and analysis of public policy in order to raise their awareness of the complex challenges that leaders and managers face in shaping the future direction of their schools in the early decades of the 21st century.

Unit 4: Understanding the leadership of organisations
The purpose of this unit is to enable the school manager develop knowledge and understanding of the nature of leadership as part of their role and to plan for further professional learning.

Unit 5: Managing strategic finance
This purpose of this unit is to enable the entrepreneurial school business manager to develop both own and whole-school knowledge and understanding of issues related to probity, equity and the ethics of managing a limited budget which supports student attainment.

Unit 6: Managing Programmes
This purpose of this unit is to enable the school business manager to develop programme management skills for a school to manage the multiple initiatives and projects designed to raise standards, improve efficiency and secure value for money.

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