Finance and Systems

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) lays out the financial requirements of academies in the Academies Financial Handbook. Our Learning Trust is responsible for ensuring that schools and academies within its structure comply with these standards.

Compliance is regularly audited by an external firm of accountants and non-compliance may result in a Financial Notice to Improve from the EFA. The Learning Trust is the employer of the staff who work in the schools.

The transfer of staff from any new school joining the Learning Trust will comply with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations which provides protection for staff terms and conditions with the previous employer. The transfer will be consulted upon to help staff express their views and raise any questions they have.

The Learning Trust recognises national teacher pay and conditions and has adopted the Northumberland County Council single status agreement for associate staff pay and conditions. The Learning Trust has a Trades Union recognition agreement. We adopt best practice principles for ICT. These include infrastructure, end user devices, productivity software, and technical support.

These principles are based upon several key factors including availability, resilience and security of systems and data, the needs of the business, encouraging technology enabled learning and a sharing of technical knowledge, experience and resources. The Learning Trust has an obligation to provide a safe and appropriate working and learning environment for the staff and students within the Learning Trust schools and academies.

We have adopted practices which help to ensure a robust system of implementing and monitoring of statutory duties as well as having a strategic approach to future requirements. The Learning Trust has been particularly successful in the last few years in making capital improvement bids to improve facilities; particularly improvements involving building condition or health and safety issues.