The nuclear family; centralisation of core services

Vickie Keeling, Trust director, United Endeavour Trust

When it comes to schools and academies there’s no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ solution. However, given the significant time and cost savings realised through the centralisation of core services – such as finance and HR – it’s no surprise that collaborative working structures – such as MATs – are pooling resources. This session exploress, for those involved in school business management, what does moving to a centralised system entail and how can you ensure that you eradicate inefficiencies and ensure greater consistency.

I am proud to be Trust Director of United Endeavour Trust in Newcastle under Lyme. As a relatively small MAT containing three secondary schools we made the decision to have fully centralised core services for Finance, HR, H&S, Estates, Data, IT, Careers and Guidance, Community lettings and governance. The academies we support are fully integrated into all the work we complete with every transaction linked to student outcomes. We are very proud of our structures and processes at United Endeavour Trust and I look forward to sharing our experiences with you.