You need to understand how well the service you're thinking about centralising currently works. Find out how to use our operating model assessment and questionnaire to build a picture so that you can decide your next steps.
Put together a project management team to help you carry out this step. Find out who should be on this team and how they can use our questionnaire to understand what staff across your trust need from the service.
Learn how one trust set its top-slicing strategy with a focus on investment. Get tips on designing the principles of your service, costing your investment plans and how to make this trust's approach work for you.
Learn how one trust set its top-slicing strategy, and get advice from an academy finance expert on how to make its approach work for you. Download the trust's service level agreement to see what central services it provides to its schools.
Follow our step-by-step guide to help you set your trust's ICT strategy. Use our questions to get input from stakeholders across your trust, and download our template document when you start writing your strategy.