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Business Support

Finance and Business

  • Strategic finance support from a central finance function
  • Support of all financial, back office and business support functions
  • Provision of financial handbook, policy setting and liaison with the ESFA
  • Bespoke financial package – all schools will be expected to operate the same financial software as provided by BDMAT (Hoge 100)
  • Set up of bank account
  • Annual finance software licences
  • Training and support
  • Budget setting software
  • 1 – 3-year budget preparation and management support
  • Budget monitoring
  • Procurement, best value and contract negotiation
  • Updates on changes to national pay scales, National Insurance etc.
  • Support with applications for additional grants and funding opportunities
  • Management of all month end procedures and submissions e.g. VAT returns
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts, if required by the school
  • Regular budget meetings with the headteacher, LAB, CEO and the BDMAT
  • Support with the administration of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and Local Government Pension Scheme including annual certificates and audit administration
  • Preparation and submission of the SORP – charity accounts
  • Completion and submission of all reports required by DfE and ESFA
  • Ensure compliance to the academies handbook and accounts direction

Human Resources

The BDMAT HR team will coordinate HR services from the central team. BDMAT academies will receive support with:

  • Strategic HR advice
  • Head teacher recruitment
  • Support with headteacher’s performance management/CPD/training opportunities for headteachers
  • Recruitment at all levels utilising the discounts of a larger company, including contract negotiation, and ensuring the corporate image of the BDMAT is protected
  • Negotiations with Unions
  • Review of HR practice and disseminating best practice
  • Advice and support to headteachers and Local Academy Boards so they can carry out their responsibilities
  • Access to specialist HR legal advisers
  • Support with day to day HR queries
  • Payroll

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Training & Support

BDMAT offers a range of training opportunities for staff in our schools. We also offer direct support to our schools.