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.

School Improvement

  • Bespoke and targeted school improvement support provided by our Director of Education
  • Ofsted preparation, support during and post inspection
  • Annual Ofsted health check and support and challenge visits as appropriate
  • Quality Assurance of Self Evaluation Form (SEF) and School Improvement Plan (SIP)
  • Commissioned specialist support (secondary, primary, AP and Special) including SLE & NLE
  • Training, coaching and mentoring
  • Access to central CPD and training
  • Trust Network groups
  • School to School support
  • School Policy review and development

Human Resources (HR)

  • A dedicated, responsive & professional CIPD qualified HR Team
  • Consultancy, Advice & Support
  • Recruitment Administration Software
  • Onsite Training & Development in EPT HR Policies & Procedures
  • Absence Management Software & Monitoring System
  • Health, Wellbeing & Engagement Staff Survey
  • HR Policies Design and Implementation (Statutory & Non-Statutory)
  • Union Negotiations (Recognition Agreement) and Policy Development Meetings
  • TUPE Process
  • Employment Contracts and Offer Letters
  • Freedom of Information Requests
  • Redundancy, Redeployment & Restructure Support and Guidance to Headteachers
  • Extranet internal communication system
  • Employment Law Advisory Service
  • Legal services for conversion

Finance, Compliance and Payroll

  • A dedicated, responsive & professional finance team through qualified accountants
  • Financial advice, guidance and support to Governors, Headteachers and School Business Managers
  • Budget review, follow up and consolidation
  • Monthly management accounts review, follow up and consolidation
  • DfE/ESFA financial returns
  • VAT Returns and 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 financial system
  • Accounting requirements around Capital Assets and ESFA 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
  • Onsite training and development
  • Payroll Services/Management
  • TPS & LGPS Pension Administration, EOYC and Annual Returns
  • Salary Statements & Pension Banding Statements (LGPS)
  • Point of contact for payroll escalation


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

Information Technology (IT)

  • IT support
  • ‘Break Fix’ support (Business as Usual)
  • Ticket system for faults
  • IT systems advice & guidance
  • IT audits
  • Reprographics advice
  • ISP management
  • VOIP management
  • Procurement of equipment, licences and consumables

Health & Safety

  • H&S Policies
  • H&S guidance and support including incident investigation
  • Annual H&S audit
  • Quarterly compliance checks
  • Risk assessment templates
  • RIDDOR reporting

All schools will receive a Trust Annual Safeguarding audit.

All employees have free access to our first class facilities including training and meeting rooms, Simply Health Cash Back Plan, Childcare Vouchers and both teachers’ and local government pension schemes.

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