Strategic MAT Payroll & Pension Planning

Making sure your staff get paid accurately and on time, every time

Strictly Education is the payroll and pensions partner of over 100 MATs, helping many of them grow from small beginnings to upwards of 35 academies.

We fully understand the demands on MAT leaders to maintain standards in the classroom whilst taking on new academies, and can deliver a flexible service that will ensure your staff get paid accurately and on time, every time.

At the core of our MAT payroll and pensions service is our powerful education specific online portal, designed to accommodate different local authority and pension scheme conditions within a single MAT structure. Developed through a program of continual investment to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the sector, the portal has been built to provide complete data visibility and control at the centre, whilst enabling individual academy access and autonomy.

As you grow, we will work with you to ensure the responsibilities between us, the academy and the MAT are clear, creating a harmonious working partnership.

The key elements of our strategic payroll and pension services are:

Because we only work in the education sector, we understand the specific HMRC, pension, reporting and governance requirements of MATs, and will build a tailored service to meet your specific conditions.

We need a payroll and pensions partner who could support us as we added more academies. All 23 academies remain responsible for their payroll and pensions administration but through the portal we have central visibility and control.
— Mike Cowland – Business Director, Peterborough Diocese Education Trust

The first step is to meet and discuss your current and future requirements. Whether you are looking strategically to expand or would like to restructure your existing set-up we would love to help.

Please get in touch for further information 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