September 2016

The know zone

  • Leading curriculum change
    When we reflect on how quickly our world is evolving, it is no truism to say that what we design into our curriculum really matters says Suzanne O’Farrell. More
  • Carrots, sticks and Shanghai maths
    Julie McCulloch looks at the government’s latest initiative to introduce the South Asian ‘mastery’ approach to teaching maths in primary schools. More
  • Preventing hate
    Schools and colleges across Britain are seeing a rise in the levels of racism among pupils. Anna Cole looks at why and explains what leaders can do to combat hate. More
  • Exploring the evidence
    In the first of a regular research insights page, Matt Walker, from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), introduces how research evidence can help to improve schools and colleges, and influence policy. More
  • A vital network of support
    Focus on… Macmillan Cancer Support More
  • Adding value
    Centralisation – the key to achieving financial health and efficiency? More
  • Prevent duty
    Since July 2015, all schools and colleges have been subject to the Prevent duty. How has your institution dealt with this requirement and have there been any challenges? Here ASCL members have their say. More
  • Leader's surgery
    Hotline advice expressed here, and in calls to us, is made in good faith to our members. Schools and colleges should always take formal HR or legal advice from their indemnified provider before acting. More
  • Daily grind?
    Sam Ellis offers some tips for the out-of-town traveller in search of a bed for the night and decent food – although perhaps not an espresso. More
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Centralisation – the key to achieving financial health and efficiency?

Adding value

For the many schools that are forming or joining a multi-academy trust (MAT), adapting and growing your school will come with many challenges for the finance function. Managing the finances of multiple schools may seem like a daunting task, however, by implementing a suitable structure and correct processes, MATs can drive financial health and efficiency and reduce the burden on your finance team.

By implementing a centralised structure, school leaders are able to gain tighter control of their MAT’s finances, refine the workload at individual schools and achieve efficiency savings as a result. Furthermore, additional savings can be achieved by centralising procurement.

To facilitate a smooth running of a centralised finance structure, many MATs have chosen PS Financials as their preferred Financial Management System. PS Financials is the market leader in the education sector and provides 61% of all MATs with a finance system adaptable to meet the needs for every MAT structure.

10% off training is available exclusively to all ASCL members.

To find out more about PS Financials or to book a demonstration, email or call 0207 319 3988