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International School Business Management Institute

Cornerstones Program

In the ever-evolving landscape of international education, sound financial management and effective financial leadership have emerged as cornerstones of success for any educational institution.


It's a well-established fact that the role of a School Business Manager is a pivotal one, requiring a unique set of skills and expertise. Whether you are making the transition from the commercial industry to education or stepping into a promotion as a School Business Manager, the significance of this role cannot be underestimated. It is with this recognition in mind that we introduce the 'Cornerstones Program,' a dynamic and comprehensive three-day course designed to empower and equip emerging School Business Managers with the essential tools, knowledge, and insights they need to excel in their new positions.

This program has been crafted to cater to the specific needs of individuals who are either new to School Business Management roles or those who aspire to delve deeper into the multifaceted world of educational financial management. The institute provides attendees with a cohort of other professionals with whom to network.


Within the educational sector, the role of a School Business Manager is a multifaceted one, demanding a nuanced understanding of the critical elements that drive success within educational institutions. 

Course Content

Day One

The Significance and Responsibilities of Leading the School Business Operations  

Planning and Managing the Finance Committee

Successful Budgeting and Fee Setting

Day Three

Managing Communication and Stakeholders

Reporting and Data Visualization

Day Two

Long Term Planning and Strengthening Reserves

Managing Your Schools Risk Management Landscape

Learning Objectives


The 'Cornerstones Program' is designed to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of financial governance within the context of universally recognized best practices. As a participant, you will gain invaluable insights into assessing your school's current financial governance structure and, if necessary, devising effective strategies for transformative change.

Throughout this program, participants will master the art of managing Finance Committee reporting, a crucial aspect of financial leadership. You will not only learn how to navigate the intricacies of Finance Committee reporting but also how to craft a tailored financial calendar that aligns seamlessly with your school's needs and the objectives of the Finance Committee.

To fortify your capabilities in working effectively with your Finance Committee and other stakeholders, this course will provide you with the essential knowledge of what data to gather and how to present it convincingly. You will emerge from this program with the confidence to compile budget documentation, orchestrate the budgeting process flawlessly, and deliver compelling budget presentations that resonate with key stakeholders.

Furthermore, the 'Cornerstones Program' will empower you to craft and present a strategic fee-setting plan, a pivotal element of financial management in an educational institution. This skill will enable you to navigate the complexities of setting school fees while aligning them with your institution's financial objectives.

In addition to these critical skills, participants will develop the capability to formulate multi-year forecasts, a cornerstone of long-term financial security for your school. Through this program, you will gain proficiency in modeling the potential impacts of increased competition and capital investments, ensuring your school's financial sustainability in an ever-evolving educational landscape.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate that highlights the covered areas of learning.

Who should join this course

This course supports not only business and finance leadership of a school looking to solidify or reengage in best practice, but also academic leadership who would like to know more about a school's financial aspects. This course is also suitable for finance managers wishing to know more about the workings of finance committee and the role and responsibilities of the business manager.

Using different teaching strategies our goal is that the participants will be able to internalize their learning for application at their school. The content, structure and timing of the course should also encourage peer support as this is intended to be a collaborative learning process.

Institute Logistics

Institute Start: Wednesday, 3 July 2024

Institute Duration: 3 Days (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Institute Location: International School of Amsterdam

Institute Cost: US$1200

Institute registration does not include accommodation. Please reserve your hotel room too.

Institute Hotel: Grand Hotel Amstelveen

Bovenkerkerweg 81, 1187 XC Amstelveen, Netherlands

Click on the button below to register for the course.

Once you have registered you will be emailed payment instructions. 

Registration is not complete until payment has been received by Sage Consultancy.

Registration Deadline: 30 April 2024

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