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Andi Brown

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5 tips that will help you become a PSF master! [Infographic]

Do you use PS Financials? Do you want to increase your knowledge and skills to become a PSF master? Well, we have created an infographic to help you do just that! 

We have provided 5 top tips that we think will help you save valuable time and make your job more efficient.

So view our infographic, save it, download it, or print it out to hang on your wall; it's all yours!

Things all PSF users need to know

PS Financials (PSF) is a complex accounting system with many functions unknown to users. From queries about reallocating invoices to simply adding a credit note, we’ve heard it all. So, we thought we would share some of our knowledge to help you get to grips with the basics.

We believe that every PSF user in your team should know how to use these handy functions so that you can feel more confident with your school or academy's financial administration.

How we helped an academy trust gain a week's worth of productivity every month

The client

Willows Academy Trust, based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire has 1050 pupils, aged between four and eleven.

The trust is made up of four schools; Dovedale Primary School, Sawley Infants, Sawley Junior and Shardlow Primary.

How customer service helps us to build strong customer relationships

The client

Raleigh Learning Trust is a multi-academy trust that includes four academies in the city of Nottingham. The academies are Woodlands School, Westbury School, Denewood Learning Centre and Unity Learning Centre.  

It operates to benefit children with specialist needs and learning difficulties by sharing expertise, resources and facilities.

How we helped pull Top Valley Academy out of financial deficit

The client

Top Valley Academy is a mixed secondary school located in the Top Valley area of Nottingham City.

The academy, which is now part of Redhill Academy Trust under the name of Park Vale Academy, has 750  pupils and aims to provide its students with high quality inclusive teaching, both in the classroom and beyond.

The Failings of Excel | Financial Tools for Schools

Imagine – you’ve spent hours putting data into an Excel spreadsheet, only to find you’ve typed in the wrong number, or accidentally missed out an important line of data. Ever wondered if there was an easier way? Could purpose-built budgeting software prove more useful?

Let’s look at Excel and its limitations, and some of the alternatives that can help you handle modern budgeting in schools.

SAAF just turned 5 years old!

A big thank you to everyone that has supported us over the past 5 years. The time has flown by as we have gone from strength to strength.

New Academy Trust, Budget Forecast Return: Outturn

In order to both improve the quality of data and bring greater transparency about the activity of the sector, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) has announced that from this financial year onwards, academy trusts will need to submit two Budget Forecast Returns (BFR).

Finance workshop event report

Our free finance workshop at Nottingham Racecourse on 7 March was a huge success. It provided advice and insight on future changes to funding impacting on educational establishments.

Your multi-year financial planning workshop

Calling all users of the SAAF Budget Planner. You will soon be able to attend a three-hour workshop to complete your multi-year financial plans and ensure you’re getting the most out of your software.