Making the most of your MAT membership with ISBL

September 25, 2023

In today's complex educational landscape, trusts face a myriad of challenges ranging from resource management and recruitment to centralisation and growth.

At ISBL, we understand the intricate nature of these issues and are committed to providing valuable support to our Trust Group members. In this blog, we will explore how you can make the most of your Trust Group membership and address the pressing challenges faced by trusts.

ISBL Professional Standards

Our Trust Group offering begins with a strong foundation – the ISBL Professional Standards. These, developed by the sector, offer a comprehensive framework endorsed by key representative bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Recognised by the Department for Education as the benchmark for evaluating professional competency, these standards delineate the core and specialist competencies required for professionals at all levels, from entry to executive leadership.

Moreover, the ISBL Professional Standards serve as a framework for continuous professional development, aiding career progression planning and complementing performance management practices. By adhering to these standards, our members are better equipped to lead effectively in the complex world of school business management.

Staff training and development

Continued growth and success in the education sector depend on the development of skills and knowledge among your staff. ISBL offers a rich array of training programmes tailored for school business professionals, encompassing areas such as finance, human resources, estate management, and marketing.

The beauty of our training courses lies in their accessibility; no lengthy qualifications are required for upskilling. We make it easy for your staff to acquire the skills they need to excel.

Staying up to date with industry trends

In education, compliance and regulatory requirements are ever-evolving. Our industry is no longer solely financially oriented; it encompasses a broad range of fields, including safeguarding and health and safety.

Keeping pace with these changes can be challenging, but ISBL is here to simplify it for you. We provide members with comprehensive guidance to ensure they remain current with all regulatory requirements.

Our regular bulletins incorporate the latest updates, and our involvement in discussions around compliance requirements, such as the Academy Trust Handbook, ensures you are always in safe hands.

Making your voice heard

At ISBL, we believe in empowering school business professionals to have a voice in the development of our industry. Our members have the opportunity to participate in workshops and working groups with the Department for Education, particularly in areas such as funding and financial assurance.

These platforms offer a unique chance to share experiences and insights, contributing to the continuous improvement of our industry's strategies and processes.

Access to leading consultants and experts

No matter your level of experience, there are times when everyone needs guidance and advice. ISBL's consultancy support service connects members with leading sector experts. These experts provide initial advice on various trust operational matters, including growth planning, due diligence, central team development, strategic financial planning, recruitment, retention, and performance management.

What’s more, our subject matter experts cover a wide range of live topics, ensuring you have access to the insights you need to thrive in a dynamic educational landscape.

Get the most from your trust membership

ISBL's Trust Group membership has been meticulously designed to offer support and resources for every member of your trust, addressing the challenges that trusts face today.

From professional standards to staff development, staying informed, having your voice heard, and accessing expert advice, ISBL is your partner in navigating the complexities of the education sector.

To learn more about how ISBL can empower your trust, please visit our dedicated webpage and explore the full range of benefits available to our Trust Group members.