Strategic Finance Support for MATs, Academies & Schools

Flexible financial expertise, when you need it.

With the growth of MATs, increasing pupil numbers and tightening budgets, the pressure on school leaders to do more with less is unrelenting.

Whilst a threat to maintaining standards, it also represents an opportunity to demonstrate you have the right financial staffing, benchmarking and physical resources to both expand and deliver a high-quality education.

Recruiting a full time Finance Director is expensive, particularly when their strategic input may not be a full-time requirement.

Our team of specialist senior finance consultants can support you by providing high level strategic expertise at MAT board level, coupled with hands on accountancy and finance support, as and when you need it so that you always know the financial picture and can manage each of your academies.

We currently provide flexible finance support to over 45 MATs and scale our support up or down depending on their current resources, internal capabilities and real-time requirements.

The main features of our strategic finance support services are highlighted below:

  • MAT level budgeting and accounting
  • Reporting and analysis for SLT and board
  • MAT level ESFA reporting & third party returns
  • Pre-Audit Preparation
  • Benchmarking guidance & analysis

Whether you are a growing MAT, becoming an academy, or have a small in-house finance team, we will support you as you grow.

Strictly Education’s financial support team were a key partner in the successful growth and development of REAch2 Academy Trust.
— Dean Ashton Business and Policy Director, REAch2 Academy Trust.

If you think we can help please do get in touch on 0330 123 2549.

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