MAT Centralisation under the spotlight
  November 16 2021
This article provides news and insight on MAT centralisation. SBS' experience with MAT operations has delivered some findings which you may find useful.
Outsourcing ICT Support
  March 04 2021


With new technologies constantly being introduced and cyber threats evolving, IT support is essential for any school.
Term-time only staff may be owed backdated holiday pay
  January 09 2020
This blog refers to SBS Budgets, our new look budget management software as part of the SBS Online evolution. There has been a change to the NJC National Agreement on Pay Conditions of Service (G...
Not using the national Teachers' Pay increases for 2019?
  September 30 2019
Using the National Scales? Please see our Teachers' Pay Scales 2019 blog. Teachers' Pay increases for 2019 have now been agreed, but is your academy or MAT following the national scales in your bud...
Summer Reading
  August 04 2017
July is often the month that the ESFA publishes its summer blockbusters, so that business managers in schools and academies have some essential reading for their beach holidays. Our top five reads fo...
Dear Accounting Officer - Land and Buildings Collection Tool
  July 05 2017
Peter Lauener, Chief Executive of the ESFA, has written to all academy accounting officers and chief finance officers setting out a timetable for reports over the next 13 months. Peter states in his ...
May Returns
  May 12 2017
Not some political prophecy, but a look at this month’s academy returns. ESFA Returns Academies are reminded that their Budget Forecast Return – Outturn must be submitted by Friday 19th May. Pe...
Academy Budget Forecast Return - One Becomes Two
  March 30 2017
The latest ‘Dear Accounting Officer’ letter from the EFA sets out their plans to replace the Academy Budget Forecast Return, due in July, with two returns. Download the letter! → In previous y...
Effect of the new Budget on schools
  March 15 2017
Effect of the new Budget on schools A week after the Budget we look at reactions to the announcements affecting the education sector. Budget Shorts A number of education reforms were announced in the...
Much To Do In March
  March 03 2017
After ‘Marching On’ - Hare’s another blog to ensure you are the best informed person in your school on finance and business matters. From The EFA The EFA have reminded academies, that after e...