It’s never too late to invest in your own CPD

This year’s ISBL national conference focus will consider what all school business professionals need to do to both develop and demonstrate their leadership and professionalism. Will you be there?

Education has significantly changed over the last decade and, as professionals, we have been responding to these changes. However, with the current pace of change, have we made time to stop and reflect on our own personal development strategy?

Perhaps this is the year to do just that: to pause and reflect on what you have achieved in your career and where you want your career to take you.

Many of us will speak to colleagues who are dissatisfied by the role they are undertaking, the lack of recognition they receive or the opportunities that exist – but, as Henry Ford said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

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So, whose responsibility is it to influence change in our career and profession?

We all have some level of responsibility for breaking the model, changing our behaviour and influencing the perception of our colleagues.

It is often our own professional confidence and reticence to spend the depleted CPD budget on ourselves that, ultimately, limits our opportunities.

The national conference is an essential part of my CPD, a chance to recalibrate. It’s my annual MOT.” Lesley Burton, School Business Leader, Bradford

Through our investment in, and demonstration of, our continued professional development, we can confidently lead the charge on change and the review of resource allocation in our schools, confirming the best investment of these resources to meet educational needs and ensure pupil progress is achieved.

This year, ISBL’s national conference will focus on how professionals can illuminate their own leadership and that of their colleagues – both within their own setting and across the sector.

If you have never invested in attending this two-day event, which is solely focused on SBPs, then look at what it can offer.


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ISBL National Conference – Illuminating Leadership: 20-21 November 2019

Speakers will consider how we shine a spotlight on leadership across every role in the school business profession and demonstrate the significant impact that all SBPs have. It is through the encouragement, praise and support of our peers that we can all continue to grow, inspire and aspire as professionals.

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Our speaker line-up includes:

Effective, ethical and accountable – Emma Knights, CEO, National Governance Association

An international perspective – Tom Wohlleber, President, Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) & Stephen Morales, CEO, ISBL

Connected leadership: creating a new narrative – Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

Inclusive leadership – maximising potential – Jenny Garrett, Coach, Speaker and Trainer, Jenny Garrett Global

High performance in a rapidly changing world – Matthew Syed, British Journalist, Broadcaster and Thought Leader, Matthew Syed Consulting

The conference delivery provides high-quality keynote speakers, interactive workshops, policy direction, practical tools to take back to your school and networking opportunities with practitioners from across the country.

There is also access to an exhibition of more than 90 education specialist suppliers providing a range of products and services. This is the only dedicated conference of its size and duration for SBPs, and you can access the full two-day conference, including overnight accommodation on Wednesday 20 November, from just £365 (+VAT).

Who, where and when?

The conference will take place on 20-21 November at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, B40 1PP on 20-21 November 2019. It attracts more than 300 SBPs each year, from a range of school types (maintained and academy), phases and settings. With an array of specialist workshops tailored for the school business professional, make sure you take the time to invest in yourself and your own development and book your place to attend at

Let’s work together to encourage others, promote our roles, raise the profile of the profession, and inspire one another to illuminate our own leadership.

You’ll find tangible inspiration for your own career growth from a whole nation of SBLs all in one room.” Emma Gray, Finance Director, Stroud

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