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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 Reach 4 Grants (R4G), we can help you secure funding to suit your needs.

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.

Related-Party transactions: What you need to know

By August 2019, all trusts have been told to clear any “related-party transactions” with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to make sure no trustee or committee member are abusing their position.

Top tips for schools and academies that use FMS

The pressure is rising for school business managers. With school budgets getting constantly tighter, the last thing you need is long, outdated processes and complex software slowing you down. At SAAF Education, our main aim is to make your school finances simple and efficient, so we try to help out where ever possible.

If you're a school or academy that uses Capita SIMS FMS, then we have put together four of our top tips in a helpful infographic for you; feel free to save or download for future reference.

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.

Strategic School Improvement Fund - How to Apply

Last year, in April 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) launched the Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF), a £140 million grant that supports schools who need help improving performance and pupil attainment.

Applications for round three of the funding will close at midday on Friday 20th April 2018, but how do you know if you can apply? What can the funding pay for? What is the criteria for applications?

All these questions, and more, will be covered in this blog.

The Responsibilities and Structure of Multi-Academy Trust Governance [Infographic]

Are you considering establishing a multi-academy trust? One of the things you will need to think about will be the structure of the trust governance. 

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.

The Highlights of The Academies Show 2017

Thank you to all that visited the SAAF Education stand, we enjoyed what was a busy day, where we met lots of new people and made some great new contacts. I also had the opportunity to listen to some insightful guest speakers.

With conferences, discussions and demonstrations running throughout the day it was clear to see that every speaker, exhibitor, and delegate were there to help improve the standards of academies and trusts.

Three recurring themes of the day were:

  1. Collaboration, NOT competition
  2. For the children and not for money
  3. Automation leads to efficiency