IMP Software working with Keystone Academy Trust

Supporting centralised MAT finance at Keystone Academy Trust

Keystone Academy Trust, which was established in September 2019 to support the growth and development of primary education across south Lincolnshire, has appointed IMP Software who specialises in supporting centralised MAT finance at all levels. The Trust, which has evolved…

The Academy Trust Handbook 2021 : A Cyber Security update

The Academies Financial Handbook has been updated and renamed as the Academy Trust Handbook. The requirements and guidance within the handbook has been building over recent years, with the update this year emphasising three areas where greater clarity is provided.…

Trust centralisation in conversation with Leora Cruddas

Earlier this year we launched our A Growing Philosophy: How are Multi-Academy Trusts developing their operating models through centralisation? report. Here we share our full interview with Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts, the national organisation and…

MAT Merger a case study

MAT Merger – Finance challenges from a CFO’s perspective – a case study

On 1st September 2020, Barnsole Primary Trust joined Maritime Academy Trust, attracted by the alignment of vision and values for staff and pupils and, given the Trusts’ geographical proximity, the opportunity to create a natural collaboration hub. The Trust which…

IMP Software MAT Centralisation

The impacts of MAT centralisation

One of the key findings of our Growing Philosophy: How are Multi-Academy Trusts developing their operating models through centralisation? report is that there is an increasing approach by MATs to see financial and non-financial centralisation as a “strategic and cultural…

Four top tips for MATs preparing for their academies BFRO budget forecast return

It’s that time of year when minds in the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) sector usually turn to the annual Budget Forecast Return Outturn (BFRO). BFRO is typically used by the Department for Education (DfE) to review the in-year position and expected…

GAG pooling: why should MATs do it?

Our A Growing Philosophy: How are Multi-Academy Trusts developing their operating models through centralisation? report uncovered a debate around what exactly should be centralised, how and to what end, and indeed many models are available. The pooling of General Annual…

MAT centralisation

Thinking about MAT centralisation? Some considerations for Multi Academy Trusts and the centralisation process.

IMP Software recently produced A Growing Philosophy: How are Multi-Academy Trusts developing their operating models through centralisation? report https://blog.insidegovernment.co.uk/schools/mat-growth-research. This research identified, most significantly, the importance of centralisation as a strategic choice linked to the overarching ethos and culture of…

IMP Software shortlisted for BETT Awards Leadership and Management Solutions prize

IMP Software is one of eight finalists in the running for the BETT Awards 2021 Leadership and Management Solutions category. The winners of the prestigious awards, which are billed as “a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can…

MAT centralisation: when should the journey start?

Last month we published our A Growing Philosophy: How are Multi-Academy Trusts developing their operating models through centralisation? report. This research identified, most significantly, the importance of centralisation as a strategic choice linked to the overarching ethos and culture of…

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