The Payroll department at Strictly Education deal with over 300 Academies, the majority of whom we assisted in gaining their status. We are fully aware that these clients have different levels of responsibilities for their staff. As the changes for legislation, pensions and the HMRC will affect Academies differently, it is imperative we are able to continue to accommodate this at the highest level, moving forward.
Initial Upload to the STU Teachers Pension System
As our Academy clients will be aware, once the school gain Academy Status they will have full responsibility for the management of the STU system for Teachers Pensions.
As part of this responsibility, the Academy are required to load all of the relevant staff details into the system as new starters, to ensure there are no breaks in service on the members of staff records.
They are then required to ensure any new starters and leavers that occur during the year are also maintained within the system.
We were made aware by our clients that as the initial load into the system was cumbersome and time consuming, a number of schools had not yet carried out this work and enquired as to whether Strictly Education were able to assist.
We are pleased to announce that due to these requests we have now developed a routine, which can manage the initial load of relevant staff into the system, removing the need for the Academy to carry out this bulk piece of work.
Multi Academy Trusts
Strictly Education have assisted many clients with gaining their Academy status and have a large team of experts to help clients in this area, as well as an extensive Academy Portal which provides clients with the information they need to manage this process themselves, if preferred.
One of the areas where we have seen a large level of interest and movement is around Multi Academy Trusts, as this option allows multiples of schools to join forces, to enable savings on costs and share expertise.
Strictly Education now has a large number of Multi Academy Trusts that we provide payroll and other services to, which enables us to provide expert advice and support the specific requirements for these clients.