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Critical Friend Support for Academy Finance Leaders

When academy finance leaders need assurance, a sounding board or a challenge to your ideas, our high-level professionals are on hand to provide support.

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Critical Friend Support for Academy Finance Leaders




MAT and Single Academy Financial Services Package

Benefit from the education finance knowledge of Strictly Education’s experts

As a Chief Financial Officer who leads the finance department, you may often be the only non-educational executive within your MAT and find yourself in a position where there is no one on the board sufficiently available or skilled enough to provide sufficient challenge. You may need someone with the right experience to act as a good sounding board and pre-empt any challenges you may receive from auditors.

Our senior finance experts can support you with monthly check-ins and act as a critical friend to discuss your trust’s financial progress and journey to becoming more sustainable - giving you confidence around your decision making and helping with recommendations to issues you may be unsure about.

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“ Strictly Education supported us with our month-end procedures ensuring they were completed and all reconciliations fulfilled

— David Allman, CEO - The Hoddesdon School Trust




A critical friend in Finance can provide:

  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from the education finance knowledge of Strictly Education's senior professionals.
  • Confident Decision-Making: Gain confidence in your decisions through regular discussions and pre-empting potential audit challenges.
  • Sounding Board: Access a dedicated expert to discuss your trust's financial progress and receive valuable feedback and recommendations.
  • Sustainability Support: Receive guidance on strategies to achieve long-term financial stability for your academy trust.
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