The Trust Finance Team give Headteachers the reassurance that processes are being followed according to policy and legislation. We run an annual programme of audit across our financial business and infrastructure services. The team supports the LGB and Headteachers in building effective budgets. We manage infrastructure budgets at a Trust level and individual schools have the freedom to set their own school budgets, focusing on Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The make-up of the central budgets are reviewed annually with a clearly agreed methodology appropriate to the service for example a per head charge for HR and payroll and direct costs of utilities. The team give Senior Leaders a flexible line of support that they would otherwise not have.
We have established Health & Safety leads with local committees to provide oversight of each school. We have implemented assess management systems in our schools.
We have a track record of successful CIF bids.
Catering & Procurement
The Trust offers an outstanding opportunity for joint procurement. Already having an established record of securing benefits through a more joined up approach across our schools. This benefit may be financial or through improved service delivery.
We are in the process of a retender for our catering services and have run a number of mini-competitions for other contracts which have yielded considerable savings for our schools.
The Trust’s ICT Team work across the Trust to upgrade and maintain equipment. Team members make regular scheduled visits to Trust schools and are also able to visit schools at short notice to deal with immediate problems. The ICT Team also maintain all the Trust school’s websites.
The HR Manager leads the recruitment and appraisal processes and the Trust provide joint policies to ensure consistent approaches. Additionally we buy in cost effective external support for Payroll and HR service to complement the in-house skills and expertise. Since establishment we implemented appraisal and review processes for support staff across the whole Trust that allow us to align objective with the strategic priorities of the Trust.