Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Central Team Services

Supporting our schools in their day to day management and administration is key to ensuring that children and their staff perform at their best.  Leaders are free to lead teaching and the Central Team supports schools to run an efficient operation.  Our Central Team has expertise in finance, HR, governance, premises, ICT and school business administration.

Our core offer to all Academies within our Trust includes:


  Monthly management accounts

  Supplier invoices paid

  Advice and guidance

  Completion of all EFSA returns

  Capital accounting completed

  Debt management

  Grant bid support

  Bank reconciliations

  Staff expenses processing

  Completion of 3 year forecast

  Month end procedures

  Analysis of benchmarking data

  Attendance at LGB/Trustees meetings when   required

  Prediction of income streams e.g. nursery,          Pupil Premium, SEND

  PE Sports Grant and Pupil Premium spend   reports

  Cash flow forecasting

  Internal and external auditing

  Budget monitoring and forecasts

  Staffing scenarios

  Licences for finance systems

  Third party reconciliation

  VAT reports and reclaims

  Admin staff training

  Latest guidance

  Finance Policies provided

  Childcare vouchers reconciliation

  Evidencing VFM procurement


  Third party payments made to HMRC, pensions

  Payroll reconciliations completed

  Electronic payslips provided for all staff

  Payroll checking reports

  Teachers’ pension end of year certificates

  All pay queries dealt with centrally

  Maternity and paternity pay


  Support and guidance

  Economies of scale via Trust wide purchasing

  Support to ensure procurement compliance

  Compliant tendering processes

  ESFA Financial Handbook compliant

  Central contracts register held at Trust level

  School level support with purchases


  Dedicated HR advisor

  Advice on redundancies and redeployment

  Attendance and reports for LGB meetings as required

  Assistance with recruitment and advertising

  Support and attendance at staff HR meetings

  Liaison with the LA and other agencies as required

  Staff absence and management

  Staff issues including harassment, bullying and grievances

  Occupational Health advice and support

  Job descriptions and person specifications provided

  Latest guidance and legislation

  Maternity and paternity guidance

  All HR policies provided and updated

  Allegations against staff support

  Support with the TUPE process when converting

  Staff wellbeing support


  Experienced H&S advisor

  Staff risk assessments e.g. DSE

  Audit visits

  Assistance with management of legionella and asbestos

  Regular inspections

  Procurement of contractors for major works

  Guidance on latest regulations

  Project management of site work

  All H&S policies provided

  Ensuring schools are compliant with statutory checks

  On-going training and support

  Sourcing suppliers for specialised equipment e.g. Covid

  Attendance at termly audit meetings and reviews

  Centrally held register of all checks and recheck alerts

  Educational risk assessments

  Vetting of contractors and method statements

  Advice on all property and land matters

  Liaison with grounds teams and maintenance


  Covid-19 compliance manager

  Clerking of all LGB and Trustees meetings

  Creation and production of all policies

  Governor recruitment support

  Business interest register maintained

  Secure governor area on school website

  Support annual skills audit

  Production of annual schedule of business

  GDPR DPO Officer

  FOI requests


  Statutory data returns

  Support for termly census submission

  Secure access support

  Trust wide performance and tracking data support via third party

  National curriculum assessment tools and data transfer support

  Key to Success and S2S data transfer support


  Training and support of all school admin staff when required

  Guidance on processes and tasks for all admin staff

  Newly converted schools support

  Training on MIS relevant to the school and smooth transition to Trust   MIS

  Support with ParentPay and parent home school communication tools

  Trust wide communications

  Access to latest policies and guidance

  Emergency cover at school level if required

  Support and validation of census returns

  Support with transfers from primary to secondary schools


  Effective ICT infrastructure

  Day to day support with any ICT issues

  Creation and management of school email addresses

  Support with management of school websites to ensure compliance

  Social media support

  Network safety and filtering

  Hardware maintenance

  Telephones and broadband procurement

  ICT licences

  Managed print support



  Access to North Star and Red Kite expert teacher training programmes

  Support with NQT training and mentoring

  Primary School Direct training courses

  Blended online and face to face training available

  Access to and publication of CPD training events published in advance to assist planning

  Access to science network groups

  Subject leader development courses