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Funding & Finances

The ‘top slice’ is the phrase we use in the education sector for each school's percentage contribution to the central budget. 

Different Trusts set different percentages, which reflect how much the centre pays for and how much schools are required to fund themselves. Some trusts take a smaller percentage but then charge for additional services or licences on top of that or require schools to fund certain things, like the MIS system, from their budget.   Approximately two-thirds of our schools' contributions are returned to them through jointly procured services, which they would have to purchase at a higher rate if they were not part of our MAT. The rest primarily covers salaries for the central team, who provide daily support to schools and pupils.

Not only does this streamline processes, but it also means we can procure things centrally (taking advantage of reduced costs) and keep our approaches unified to share and support each other more efficiently across our schools. The central team and services aim to provide services to schools they cannot afford. The next step will be to look at local services with long waiting lists and provide these for our children centrally (e.g., school nurses, mental health support, Ed Psych support, etc.).

 

Being part of our trust is financially beneficial to schools because we produce high savings through joint procurement. 

 

This is what we currently pay for: 

  • We use a health shield for staff health care (including video GP, 24/7 counselling support, private fees, stress prevention, etc.). 
  • Health care for staff's children 
  • Coaching all SLT and DSL staff from a qualified coach 
  • DSL supervision and support group 
  • Supervision for all heads from our counsellor (Tiff) 
  • Access to the counsellor as needed from staff or following school events (bereavement, etc.) 
  • Central Mental health first-aider who runs drop-ins for school staff and has bookable slots 
  •  Multiple CPD conferences a year (2 for HTS, 1 for all staff) 
  • Full days of SIP support (approx half termly) 
  • HTPMR and review meetings, including the paperwork prep and writing up etc 
  • Systems: (Access payroll, HR, Budgets, finances) (MIS - Arbor) (Risk, CPD and H+S: Every) (Smoothwall safeguarding)  
  • CPD system (safer recruitment, etc.) through Every by Iris 
  • Data Systems from FFT and Perspective
  • Subscriptions: The Key, NGA, Juniper HR and contracts portals, Juniper templates, Essex Pensions, Toolkit, Actuarial report, etc
  • H+S services from Judicium 
  • DPO, iCO, etc., registration 
  • Lawyer and HR support from Brownejacobson, one account per school is paid for centrally and can be accessed directly by schools as required. 
  • Named HR advisor and HR support 
  • Trust accountant on hand to support 
  • Internal and external audit fees (e.g. reviews, fire checks, etc.) 
  • Social media and comms support to ensure that parents get the information they need in a manageable way. 
  • Marketing support to ensure schools' key messages are communicated well 
  • Whole trust bids for grants.   

 

Plus, the central team staff:

  • Five cross-trust facilitators (English, maths, CPD, Welfare and ECTS/RQTs) 
  • Mental health lead  (MHFA) (with bookable sessions) 
  • Central support teacher (heads access for support or cover) 
  • Attendance and admissions administrator  
  • Payroll manager
  • Finance manager 
  • GDPR and audit officer  
  • Risk and projects officer (including RPA link and risk register management) 
  • EA (Centrally managed policies) 
  • Estate and H+S lead 
  • TBFM 
  • CEO 
  • Central competent person to sign off risk assessments