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School Business Professionals

School Business Professional Apprenticeship Programme

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Working as a School Business Professional or similar support role, and interested in making the most meaningful contribution you can to the leadership and development within school? Or perhaps you’d like to become a School Business Professional?

We can now provide an opportunity to upskill existing and aspiring School Business Professionals and enhance your professional development – across all maintained schools and multi-academy trusts – through this innovative, high quality School Business Professional Apprenticeship Programme.

Our Level 4 School Business Professional Apprenticeship is aimed at all School Business Professionals or those in a similar role, who do not already hold a level 4 qualification in this, or a similar subject area. It is also suitable for newcomers to the job and applies to School Business Professionals at both primary and secondary phase.


This apprenticeship will take a minimum of 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have achieved four GCSEs (graded A* to C or 9 to 4) which must include English and Maths.

You should be working in a school office role for a minimum of 30 hours per week; alternatively, if you’re working hours are fewer than this or you follow a term time only contract, your programme of study will be extended accordingly.

The programme is for those who are new to the role, have three or fewer years’ experience, and require training to develop the expertise and skills aimed at this level.

What will I be required to do?

At least 20 per cent of an apprentice’s time on the programme is required to be evidenced as training and development time (referred to as off the job training). 

Therefore, you will be required to attend a series of online workshops/training events delivered by our in-house experts and undertake directed learning activities which include workplace projects, reading, research and evidence based tasks to fulfil this requirement. These will be completed within your contracted working hours.

We will work with both you and your employers to develop a training and development plan that works for you and your school.

Next steps

If you have any questions please contact the Director of Apprenticeships, Sue Hinchcliffe, via:

If you are already working in a school, you must first speak with your Headteacher/Head of School to obtain their permission. Then please complete this expression of interest form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

What School Leaders Need to Know

Investing in School Business Professional training is a vital aspect of achieving excellent management in your school.

School Business Professionals perform a unique role, administering and managing the financial, site and HR services within the school context. They provide essential support to school leadership teams, implementing their financial and business decisions. This requires them to understand educational issues as well as business management. However, typically SBPs receive little or no training to carry out their role.

When school business professionals have the appropriate training to carry out their roles effectively, they can make the best use of school resources to enable pupils to achieve their potential. Qualified school business professionals will understand that their role is of vital importance in relation to school governance and compliance. They will also have a good understanding of educational policies and be able to implement change effectively.

Through its innovative, high quality School Business Professional Apprenticeship Programme, we can now provide an opportunity to upskill your new and existing school administrative professionals, enhance their development and increase their contribution to your school’s overall effectiveness.

Our successful Teaching Assistant programme has run since September 2018 and received excellent feedback from headteachers, teachers, mentors and apprentices. Headteachers of existing apprentices report that they have seen significant advances in apprentices’ understanding, motivation and contribution in schools. They describe growth in confidence, an improved quality of interactions and highly effective support for pupils amongst some of the benefits of the training. Apprentices have grown into new roles, taken on greater responsibilities and even in some cases been asked to model best practice. 

Better still, for apprenticeship levy payers this training is usually at no cost to schools or those on the programme.

Our Level 4 School Business Professional Apprenticeship is aimed at those employed in a school office environment, or academy trust central team. Applicants must not already hold a level 4 qualification in this, or a similar, subject area. It is also suitable for newcomers to the role and applies to both primary and secondary phases.

If you have any questions and for more information please contact the Director of Apprenticeships: Sue Hinchcliffe, via: