Positive projection is key to professional recognition

ISBL is on a mission: to ensure professional recognition for school business professionals. At the heart of this is ensuring that skills and knowledge are up-to-date

As professionals, we are responsible for both developing and demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism, ensuring that our skills and knowledge are up-to-date and our opinions are respected by peers. But how can you go about projecting your professional status and ensure your skills and knowledge are properly recognised?

For most professions, this is achieved through nationally recognised qualifications and standards that provide assurance and confidence to employers and other organisation leaders.

This is the mission of ISBL and these aims will feature throughout this year’s national conference, which will be our first national conference event as the Institute of School Business Leadership.

What can delegates expect?

The theme of the conference will be ‘Projecting Professionalism’ – how this can be achieved, who the stakeholders are that can influence this and how we, as professionals, can and must control our own professional recognition.

The school business professional role has always been – and will continue to be – an isolated role within a school setting. Teaching and learning professionals are driven by self-assessment and termly reviews of pupil progress, so it is easier for them to project and promote the direct impact that they have on the school’s strategic aims and the delivery of pupil outcomes.

As school business professionals, it can feel as though there is far less tangible evidence of the impact that you have on the overall school achievements. We have secured leading educational speakers who will draw on research, policy and other organisational structures to demonstrate the importance of joined-up leadership and the positive impact that school business leaders have on the effective running of schools.

Speakers will include:

The Real David Cameron
Leora Cruddas, CEO of Freedom and Autonomy for Schools (FASNA)
Professor Karen Starr, Deakin University, Australia
Paul Whiteman, general secretary, NAHT
Dr Robin Bevan, ISBL patron and National Education Union vice-chair

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The conference will offer delegates the opportunity to attend four of 20 possible workshops and access to an exhibition where delegates can meet more than 90 different suppliers of products and services to the education sector.

Where and when?

The event will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November 2018.

All delegates attending the full conference can be accommodated on site at the venue.

For more information and to book your place, visit www.isbl.org.uk/nationalconference.