Accounting and Finance Advice

We will train, support and guide your finance team

Finance teams don’t always grow at the same rate as the workload placed upon them.

Whether you are a MAT, academy or school, a dedicated finance consultant supported by a team of finance professionals, can provide your team with the flexible support it needs, whenever you need it.

As education finance specialists, we understand just how hard it has become for school leaders to meet all the expenditures required to run a high performing school.

By working in partnership with Strictly Education we can support you to ensure that your finances are in order and help you meet all your budgeting and reporting obligations. We can also provide strategic finance support as you grow.

The core elements of our accountancy and finance service are as follows:

  • Monthly reporting and advice
  • Pre-audit preparation
  • Post-audit finance system adjustments
  • Accounting system set-up & review 
  • Budget setting
  • ESFA & third party returns
  • Impact of staff restructuring costs 
  • Financial benchmarking guidance
Strictly Education used their finance expertise to make our academy conversion run smoothly, advising and helping throughout the transition.
— Heike King, School Business Manager, Hillyfield Primary School

Please do get in touch if you are not currently receiving these services on 0330 123 2549 or email  for more information.

Service Features

Payroll Strategy

  • Hierarchical portal viewing
  • Pension reporting
  • Strategic advice & planning
  • Full management information
  • Metrics across all schools
  • Absence reporting

Payroll Administration

  • Specialist online portal
  • Dedicated payroll officer
  • Cost-centre configuration
  • Multiple LA & TP pension rules
  • LGPS employee banding
  • Changes 4 days before pay run

Finance Strategy

  • MAT level budgeting
  • MAT level accounting
  • Benchmarking guidance 
  • SLT reporting & analysis
  • Financial controls
  • ESFA reporting

Accounting Advice

  • Budget setting
  • Third party returns
  • Staff costs & restructuring
  • Monthly reporting & advice
  • Pre and post-audit support  
  • Accounting system set-up