Why study with us?

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

The SBM Partnership which includes Serco, Adfecto and ISBL (formerly 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

In 2018 we were the first provider to offer the Level 4 School Business Professional Apprenticeship, click here for details.

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 during 2018 (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.

    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 Level 4 (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 Level 5 (DSBM) programme.


    Pam Pam Rose – Level 4 (CSBM) Programme Manager

    Pam has been the Level 4 (CSBM) Programme Manager since 2009 and a lead facilitator and assessor for CSBM since 2004. Pam is also an experienced facilitator of the Level 5 (DSBM) since 2009 and was one of the first tutors for the Level 6/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.