Why study with us?

We are the leading national provider of School Business Management (SBM) programmes

The SBM Partnership which includes Serco, Adfecto and the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) is proud to be the leading national provider of school business management programmes across England (and beyond). We have been the provider of choice for the National College and the only provider to have delivered the full suite of SBM programmes since they were first introduced in 2003.

We are ILM accredited

In early 2015 we became the first SBM provider to be fully ILM accredited to deliver the Level 4 Diploma (CSBM), Level 5 Diploma (DSBM) and Level 6 Diploma in School Business Management programmes. To find out more click here

We have already supported over 10,000 SBMs to gain their qualification

Since 2003 we have supported thousands of school business managers (SBMs) in gaining the certificate (CSBM), Diploma (DSBM) or Advanced Diploma (ADSBM) of school business management, with an increasingly significant number of participants achieving the full suite of qualifications. See case study for an example of a participant who has studied all four key SBM programmes.

We are the only provider who has delivered ADSBM (now Level 6 Diploma)

We are the only provider to have delivered the ADSBM programme nationally and we are thrilled that some of our participants are now in Assistant Headteacher and other senior positions.

Our experience is unrivalled

We have consistently achieved a pass rate of over 97% on each accredited SBM programme.

We have designed and developed the SBM programmes

In addition to delivery we were also employed by the National College to design and develop the SBM programmes and ensure that they are regularly updated to meet the changing needs of SBMs.

We are now at the forefront of working with employer groups to bring new Trailblazer apprenticeships to existing school business managers later in 2017 (subject to DfE/Institute for Apprenticeships approvals).

We are the experts

With such comprehensive experience developed over more than 14 years, it is not surprising that we are the experts in delivering school business management programmes in England and beyond.  An experienced team of facilitators, many of whom are current school business managers, are here to help assist and support you through your programme of study.

  1. Meet the experts


    DavidDavid Brunton – Lead Writer

    School Business Director (now re-named School Business Leader) Programme Manager and lead writer.  David has acted as the Leader for the School Business Director Programme since the programme was launched by the National College for Teaching & Learning (NCTL) in 2010. His knowledge and leadership in both the design and delivery of the SBM programmes is extensive, beginning as the first Programme Manager for the Certificate in School Business Management (CSBM) in 2003 when these flagship programmes commenced.

    David’s extensive experience includes facilitating, assessing and moderating the full suite of SBM programmes including both the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of School Business Management (DSBM /ADSBM). He has also held a key role as lead writer in the design and development of all of the SBM programmes.


     Kath Metcalfe –  Level 6 (ADSBM) Programme Manager

    As the only delivery provider of ADSBM since it began, Kath has huge experience of managing the programme, ensuring that the participant experience is of the highest quality. Her assessment and moderation processes for ADSBM have been described by the original accrediting body, IAM, as exemplary.

    Kath’s involvement with the School Business Management programmes began with the role of lead facilitator and assessor for the Certificate and Diploma of School Business Management (CSBM, DSBM) in 2003 when we began delivering these flagship programmes. Kath is also a coach and assessor in the postgraduate level School Business Director programme and holds a key role facilitating Aspiring SBM participants. Kath is a member of our writing team, developing and updating SBM materials and ensuring that all of the SBM programmes, in particular ADSBM, continue to fully meet the needs of School Business Managers.

    Kath also devised an APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning) process for all of the SBM programmes and has also worked with the National Association of School Business Managers (NASBM) to write the first Competency Framework for School Business Management.

    Doug Doug Green –  Level 5 (DSBM) Programme Manager

    Doug is a highly experience Level 5/DSBM programmes Manager having previously held the role of the DSBM Regional Manager covering the NE and NW. Doug is a member of the SBM writing and development team and has also been involved in developing materials for a SBM graduate programme with two universities. He was the lead writer for our School Admin Foundation Certificate and has also developed programmes in the USA for SBMs in Alabama and Oregon.

    Kate Kate Hinchliffe – Level 4 (CSBM) Programme Manager

    Kate is an experienced facilitator and coach, who held the Regional Manager role for CSBM in the NE & NW since 2011. Previously, she was the Regional Programme Lead for the TDA in the NE from 2007 until 2011. Kate is now our CSBM Programme Manager in the north and her responsibilities include both assessing and moderating the programme. Kate is also a facilitator and assessor of the DSBM programme.


    Pam Pam Rose – Level 4 (CSBM) Programme Manager

    Pam has been the CSBM Programme Manager since 2009 and a lead facilitator and assessor for CSBM since 2004. Pam is also an experienced facilitator of the DSBM since 2009 and was one of the first tutors for the ADSBM programme.  Pam’s extensive experience of the SBM programmes includes developing and updating CSBM materials as a member of the SBM writing team.

Case Studies

Click here to find out what a participant who has recently completed our School Administration Foundation Certificate (SAFC) thought about our popular programme.

Click here to read a case study from one of our previous participants who has now completed all of our SBM programmes.