Centralising a service, step 1: choose a service

Centralising services across your schools can help you save money and streamline essential services. Find out which types of services you can centralise and how to pick one to begin this process with.

Last reviewed on 14 April 2022
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  1. What can we centralise?
  2. What are the benefits?
  3. How do we choose which service to centralise?
  4. Next steps

We wrote all the guidance in this bundle with the help of Chris Kirk, a consultant who works with trusts. You can find out more about Chris at the end of this article.

What can we centralise?

You can centralise any business functions or educational services. A central service is run by a central team and will deliver a standardised service (the same, or very similar) to all of your schools. So anything you can standardise across your trust can be centralised.

Commonly centralised services

  • Finance
  • HR services (such as payroll and policies)
  • IT
  • Procurement
  • Estates
  • Governance and compliance
  • Teacher and leadership recruitment and development
  • Staff training or CPD
  • School improvement
  • Special educational needs support services, education welfare officers or other family support

What shouldn't we centralise?

Your scheme of delegation states that all your schools should have a high level of autonomy over the service (more on this later) Each of your schools runs the service in a specific way to