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Diploma for School Business Managers - Level 4

This nationally recognised programme for school business managers is designed to develop your professional knowledge, understanding and competencies so that you will be able to contribute effectively to key areas of school business management. The DSBM will equip senior administrators and new SBMs with the operational skills required to be an effective school business manager. This includes:

  • opportunities to enhance your leadership, administrative and managerial skills
  • a personalised framework to develop your knowledge and understanding of key areas of SBM
  • an opportunity for you to develop your communication skills in a range of contexts
  • access to tutor support to help you engage in reflection on your personal development and the requirements of the school business manager role
  • a foundation for future advanced professional development as a school business manager

Who is it for?

The level 4 DSBM is part of a suite of school business management qualifications. The programme is designed for existing and aspiring school business managers who wish to enhance both their leadership, management and administrative skills together and their knowledge and understanding of key areas of school business management through a professional qualification.


Delivery model

The DSBM level 4 programme is delivered over 12 months and comprises three mandatory units and three optional units, of which one must be completed. The units are:

Mandatory units

  • Leading Support Services in a School
  • Finance in a School
  • Procurement in a School

Optional units (choose one)

  • Supporting Human Resource Management in a school
  • Supporting School Infrastructure Management
  • Marketing in a School

Blended learning pathwaydiploma business

  • Face to face delivery from a specialist facilitator (3 full days)
  • Supported online learning
  • School-based projects
  • Online tutorials


The programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Your learning will be assessed through evidence submitted against each of the four units. The assessment will ensure rigorous coverage of the learning outcomes of each unit and a clear focus on the development of professional skills. Evidence for these units is likely to come from naturally occurring activities from the workplace and may include (but is not restricted to):

  • Products from the learner’s work
  • Records of Team Minutes/Agendas
  • Direct observation of the learner’s performance by their assessor
  • Outcomes from oral or written questioning
  • Personal statements and/or reflective accounts
  • Professional discussion
  • Authentic statements/witness testimony
  • Records of External Customer communications
  • Written reports/case studies


You can apply for a place on the programme at any point in the year, although cohorts will generally commence at the start of the autumn and spring terms. To apply for a place please complete the registration form available at www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/dsbm-l4.


The full cost of the programme including assessment and certification is £1,495+VAT.


horse shire logoThis programme is hosted at:
The Shire Foundation
Hillborough Junior School
Hillborough Road
Luton LU1 5EZ

Find out more

Please visit www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/dsbm-l4 or call 0117 920 9200 to find out more and apply. Partner allocation code is: LUTF-TSA. Alternatively, contact Tracey Murphy on 01582 522121 or email .