SAAF Education Blog

Emma Cripwell

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Do you need grant funding for a school development project?

It can often be a difficult and lengthy process for schools to gain access to new funding. If you’re looking for additional funding for a development project, we can assist you. Using the expert knowledge and experience of our grant finding partner, we can help you secure funding to suit your needs.

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is now open for your bid!


You have until midday 13th December 2019 to submit your CIF bid for 2020-21.

If you have a project in mind but haven't started your application yet, don't worry, it's not too late, we can help! 


How to meet the requirements of an audit

Financial auditing can be an incredibly stressful process, but with the right guidance and preparation it can be an easy, efficient and stress-free process. SAAF have been completing internal audits and external audit preparation support for academies and MAT’s for over 7 years, so we thought it was time to share our expertise!

Common Audit Issues You Should Avoid

The auditing process can be a time consuming and daunting task; you may not look forward to an external company rifling through your paperwork and potentially highlighting issues with your processes. However, audits are an essential financial management tool to ensure your school, academy or MAT is running as effectively as possible and should be encouraged and embraced.

Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) has an annual bidding round for single academies, small multi- academy trusts and sixth form colleges, to apply for grant funding to support with improving the conditions of their facilities and ensuring that buildings are safe and fit for purpose. This funding is available annually and bids are submitted between October-December. The CIF has previously addressed numerous health and safety issues in various academies and sixth form colleges throughout England.

Condition Improvement Fund: 2018/19

In previous years, the bidding round for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) has opened around October half term and closes just before Christmas. If you wait until the bidding window opens, it doesn’t leave much time for you to plan your project and write a successful bid. Why not start now?

If you are a standalone academy or a small multi-academy trust do you know how to apply for the funding? Do you know why you should apply for the funding?

If not, then read on, SAAF Education will answer everything.

Generating Income and Cutting Costs

It’s no secret that schools, academies and trusts face an onslaught of challenges to balance their budgets. If it’s not a cut in funding, it’s an increase in costs. 

Even the most successful educational establishments in the country still have trouble facing the constant financial threats, so how do they manage to stay afloat and escape deficit?

GDPR: Protecting your data

With the deadline to implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming closer, it is important that you put strict procedures in place to ensure all your data is protected. This is important for the both the data your share with your suppliers and the data you process in the office.

To help you do this, we have put together a list of things to check with your suppliers and the school office.

General Data Protection Regulation - The Basics

By now, you should have heard about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and hopefully you’ve already begun the journey to ensure your school, academy or MAT is compliant. However, we know the GDPR is a complicated subject to get to grips with, so we’re going to break down the rules and steps you need to take to prepare for the regulation.

New deadline for the Academy Accounts Return 2018

Christmas is only a week away, which means your Christmas holiday is getting closer and closer. It also means that your accounts submission deadlines are drawing closer.

Last month we posted some information and advice about the Accounts and Audit Management Report Submission that academies, trusts, and free schools must action before 31st December 2017.

Now we would like to talk about the Academy Accounts Return and ensure you’re aware that the deadline has been moved forward to the 19 January 2018.