Central services offers: examples

See what other MATs are doing so you can compare your trust's central services with some examples.

Last reviewed on 8 February 2022
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  1. MAT with 2 schools
  2. MAT with 10 schools
  3. MAT with 11 schools
  4. DfE good practice example

MAT with 2 schools

Greater Manchester Academies Trust's central services cover:

  • IT
  • Finance
  • Safeguarding
  • Human resources (HR)

MAT with 10 schools

Trinity MAT's core services include:

  • Estate management
  • Financial services
  • Health and safety
  • HR
  • ICT & data
  • Marketing
  • Safeguarding
  • School improvement

MAT with 11 schools

Chiltern Learning Trust's central services team comprises of:

  • Operations & marketing
  • Finance, personnel & compliance
  • ICT
  • Standards and school improvement
  • Teaching school, training & professional development

DfE good practice example

The DfE's good practice guidance on building strong academy trusts includes an example of a trust that identified efficiency savings through central services. 

First Federation uses 3% of its total budget to pay for ‘central functions’ - this means the executive principal, a business manager and a central administrator. All major contracts for services are negotiated as one trust

See page 40 of the guidance (linked above) for more information.