SAAF Education Blog

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Payroll, Answered

The world of education payroll can be complex. For National Payroll Week, our payroll experts have answered your frequently asked questions to make it less so!

There is a lot to consider when it comes to processing and administrating your school, academy, or trust’s payroll. From processing maternity and paternity pay to tax code changes – we address and provide answers to some of our clients’ most frequently asked payroll questions.

Data management in schools and why it's important

We all know that keeping data safe and secure is critical to avoiding malicious attacks. Did you know there was an increase in ransomware attacks on the UK education sector during August and September 2020 – rising again in February 2021?

The New Academies Chart of Accounts: What you need to know

The New Academies Chart of Accounts (ACoA) automation technology allows you to submit your trial balance data directly from your financial management software to the Accounts Return form. The aim is to save you time and reduce any errors involved in completing your Accounts Return.  

SAAF Education Freeze Recruitment Charge Rates

There’s no doubt that this year has been challenging for the education sector. That’s why SAAF Education’s Supply & Recruitment team have pledged to freeze recruitment charge rates.

What support funding is available to schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Updated 7/4/2021

In these unsettling times, it may be difficult to know what funding support is available to help your school during the coronavirus pandemic.

Donate your unwanted laptops to help school children working remotely

SAAF Education, amongst other organisations, has donated laptops and old equipment to Nottingham Schools Trust, to help schools provide equipment to children working from home.

Children’s Mental Health Week: Tools and resources for your school or academy.

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week (1-7 February) and this year’s theme is Express Yourself. To support your school or academy we’ve put together some tools and resources.

Early Years Census 2021 Update

The Department for Education has released guidance around the Spring Census 2021 – specifying how to submit hours and report on children being sick due to coronavirus on Census Day.

Free school meals during coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to know

The government have provided updates on free school meals during COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know.

It's time to think about your School Financial Value Standard (SFVS)

It may seem a while off, but if you want to meet the deadline for submitting your School Financial Value Standard (SFVS), it is time to start preparing.

The deadline for submission may vary depending on your local authority, please check the date they expect to receive your completed form.