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At Innovate Multi Academy Trust (iMAT), we are focused on bringing together village primary schools in rural locations in Northamptonshire. We have now grown from four to six schools and are always open to welcoming new schools into our community.

We strive to develop communities within academies and across our trust as a whole. Our mission is to establish GREAT primary academies that are centres for innovation and excellence for leadership and teaching, where pupils are safe and engaged in their learning.

The curriculum in all of our academies is tailored to meet the needs of each individual, whilst fostering talents and encouraging greatness in all areas of school life. We strive to ensure the best possible educational experience for all students in a culture of high aspiration and an environment where each student is nurtured and can develop their full potential.

Our Executive Team has considerable experience in managing growing organisations. We are supported by leadership teams who have played a significant role in recovering schools from challenging circumstances. As a trust, we have a strong desire to share the outstanding practice at our schools with educators. Leaders and every member of iMAT are conscious of their responsibility to pupils and communities and are oriented towards achieving ambitious goals.

Four of our schools are Church schools, and embrace and celebrate a Christian ethos.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at info@innovatemat.org

Education

  • Our Directors of Education work across our schools, supporting Heads of School and Headteachers

  • Subject and Early Years leads from each school meet regularly

  • Our trust SENCo provides specialist SEND Support to all schools in the trust

  • Our schools follow the Thrive Approach. Training and support is provided for this

  • All of our schools are Google schools. We are transitioning to a new cloud-based IT system in early 2023

  • Moderation from EY baseline to Year 6 across the curriculum

  • Ofsted Support

  • We have a central sports coaching team, who run inter-school events

Financial Support

  • Support from our CFO and central finance team

  • Completed monthly monitoring reports in accordance with the Academies Financial Handbook

  • Completion of annual budget and 3 year financial forecasts.

  • Guidance and support with completion of reports and monitoring of grant income, including PE Premium, catch up funding and Pupil Premium.

  • Regular monitoring, checking and predicting of income streams, nursery funding, SEND, LAC and PP

  • Ongoing monitoring of staffing costs.

  • Support with budget prioritisation and scenario development.

  • All finance policies provided for adoption at your school

  • Advice and guidance on latest finance changes / ESFA announcements.

  • Internal and external audit costs and lead support provided during this independent assessment process.

Payroll and HR Support

  • A dedicated Head of People Services

  • All payroll and HR costs are included in our central services offer with service procured on your behalf.

  • All payments to third parties including pensions and HMRC completed on your behalf

  • All payroll reconciliations completed

  • Access to payroll support for any queries

  • Support with attendance at HR meetings with employees

  • Support with disciplinary, conduct and capability issues

  • All HR policies provided for adoption

  • Advice and support with latest employment guidance and legislation

  • Support the Board of Directors and LGB with performance management of teaching staff

  • Support with staff recruitment

  • Access to Perkbox for all staff, as well as our iMATTER staff wellbeing provision

  • Our trust has signed the DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter

Procurement

  • Support and guidance with procurement processes completed at a school level

  • Creating economies of scale via larger contracts being procured

  • Support to ensure compliance with procurement legislation

  • Centrally managed catering contract

Governance

  • Established Trust Scheme of Delegation / Terms of Reference with training and support provided to Leadership Teams and LGBs

  • Support with governance policies, timetables and processes

  • Support with new governor recruitment

  • Access to training for all governors through the National College

  • Access to GovernorHub

  • Facilitation of annual skills audit and support with chairs 360 review

  • Completion of Company Secretary duties

Admin Support

  • Guidance on Trust processes and tasks for admin and SBM Staff

  • Regular Trust network meetings

  • Collaborative Trust working / emergency cover

  • Regular meetings with CFO and finance staff.

  • Centrally managed GDPR compliance

Premises Management

  • Dedicated co-heads of premises

  • Use of IAM Compliant system across the trust

  • Support with building maintenance and enhancement programs

  • Support in ensuring all maintenance contracts/statutory inspections are completed

  • We are part of the DFE Sustainability Project, working towards improving the environmental impact of all our schools.

  • Support with capital planning and applications. We have had a number of successful CIF bids over the last few years

Leadership

  • We are part of the Church of England Schools flagship NPQ+ project

  • Staff are encouraged to take up NPQ training

  • We can provide career progression across the trust

  • Trust middle leader network meetings across the curriculum

  • Website Audits

  • Safeguarding Support

  • Marketing Support

  • Training for all staff provided through the National College