All our schools benefit from a bespoke approach which is tailored to the needs of each school and enables the school to focus on the teaching and learning of pupils. Please click the links below for a full overview of the services and support we deliver.


  • A dedicated, responsive & professional CIPD qualified HR Team
  • Consultancy, Advice & Support
  • Recruitment Administration (inc. Vacancy Filler Software)
  • Training & Development in HR Policies & Procedures
  • Absence Management Software & Monitoring System (SAM)
  • Health, Wellbeing & Engagement Staff Survey (Smith + Henderson) Yearly
  • HR Policies Design and Implementation (Statutory & Non-Statutory)
  • Union Negotiations (Recognition Agreement) and Policy Development Meetings (Termly)
  • TUPE Process
  • Employment Contracts and Offer Letters
  • Freedom of Information Requests
  • Redundancy, Redeployment & Restructure Support and Guidance to Head teachers/School Business Managers


  • Payroll Services/Management (Strictly Education)
  • TPS & LGPS Pension Administration, EOYC and Annual Returns
  • Salary Statements & Pension Banding Statements (LGPS)

Finance and Compliance

  • Financial advice, guidance, and support to Head teachers, Governors, and School Business Managers
  • Budget review, follow up and consolidation
  • Monthly management accounts review, follow up and consolidation
  • DFE/EFA financial returns
  • VAT Returns
  • Other HMRC matters
  • Preparation for year-end external audit
  • Preparation of Annual Report and Accounts
  • Bank services and mandates
  • Provision of software licences and ongoing training and support on Corero financial system
  • Accounting requirements around Capital Assets and EFA Capital Grants
  • Review and monitoring of internal controls
  • Internal Audit Service
  • Risk Management Register
  • An ongoing programme of procurement services to realise economies of scale across the Trust, with a view to achieving value for money
  • Arrangement of adequate insurance cover across the Trust
  • Data Protection/GDPR


  • Governance Framework and Scheme of Delegation
  • Policy Framework, Development and Review
  • Self-evaluation and Review
  • Recruitment of Governors
  • Training & Development of Governors
  • Clerk to Local Governing Bodies and Committees
  • Governance section of Academy website


  • Employment Law Advisory Service (Forbes)


  • Website compliance review
  • Use of training facilities and meeting rooms
  • Health & Safety overview
  • Legal Services for Conversion
  • Statutory Consultation Processes

If you would like to contact the Trust about becoming an EPT school, or if you would like to find out more about our work, please call 01254 790026, email, or click here to complete our quick enquiry form.

“For schools contemplating entering into a MAT partnership, I recommend to choose the EPT. An organisation that strives to drive improvement for the pupils and staff across their schools.”

David Clark, School Business Manager, Pleckgate High School