SAAF Education works with over 500 schools, academies, trusts, and free schools, providing tailored support within each of our service areas – Financial Management Support, Payroll and Supply & Recruitment.
Tailored Financial Management Support
We make financial management simple! Understanding the demands and pressures that School Business Leaders face in their role, our finance experts can help you streamline processes and develop efficiencies within your academy or trust.
We are an accredited IRIS Financials training and support partner. Our education finance experts have extensive knowledge of the complexities of IRIS and can support you to utilise the software to its full capacity.
Our finance helpdesk support can act as a replacement for the IRIS Advantage Service. Lines are answered 8 till 8, 7 days a week for all system-related issues and finance software and accounting queries. We resolve over 85% of calls at the point of initial contact.
We can also support with add locations/ system implementation, configuration, as well as full user training. SAAF are also experts at supporting all finance systems used within the education sector.
We can support with:
• IRIS Financials, Access, SIMS FMS and Civica user training
• Strategic financial planning
• Financial systems and accounting
• Financial governance and audits
• Business continuity
• Academy set up and conversion
‘It has been a pleasure to work with SAAF, you have transformed our relationship with the PSF software and our ability to move it forward.’ – Director of Finance, Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership.
‘Thank you for all the training last week – really made us aware of how much information PSF can give us and how to get it!’ – Office Manager, Bath and Mendip Partnership Trust.
‘From my first meeting with the SAAF team to date they have a calm, reassuring and no-nonsense approach to Academy Finance. Thank you I couldn’t do this role without you.’ – School Business Manager, St Philip Neri Primary & Nursery School.
Our services include:
· Financial Consultancy – Helping you streamline processes and reach your financial and organisational goals – Including MAT set-up and expansion support.
· Finance Helpdesk – Available from 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week for financial management, software, and accounting queries. We support with all finance software.
· Training – Get trained by our finance, payroll, and supply experts – helping you widen your skills and knowledge.
· Internal Scrutiny – Giving you peace of mind that your school, academy, or MAT is running effectively.
· Payroll, Pensions & HR Administration – Providing an accurate and seamless solution – designed specifically for the education sector, coupled with our financial expertise gives the peace of mind that your biggest expense, staffing, is being administered effectively.
· Supply & Recruitment – Offering no temp-to-perm fee and fixed margins, our consultants specialise in selecting quality teaching and support professionals to suit your needs.
· Asset Management – Improve asset management with our solution to track your moveable property and enhance safety procedures.
Our definitive aim is to save you time and money. We equip you with the right tools, resources, and support that you need, so you can focus on educational excellence and pupil care.
Our services have been robustly developed over time based on the challenges that school business leaders face in their roles – we want to make your professional life as efficient and stress-free as possible!
Our team is made up of finance, payroll and supply experts who have extensive experience working in the education sector. Our services are completely education-focused.
‘The breadth of knowledge and understanding from within the education sector is a core strength we value immensely. I would describe the services as responsive, solution-focused, and flexible to our needs.’- CEO, Raleigh Learning Trust.
‘We think you offer a great service at a great price. We have worked with you for a very long time now and have always been impressed by the quality that you offer. Great job!’ – Headteacher, Nottingham Schools Trust
If you have any questions or want to find out more about how we can support you, call us on 0115 975 2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance helpdesk* support offer – Sign-up to SAAF’s helpdesk support for 12 months, we’ll cover the remaining period on your current advantage or support contract, free of charge!
*Our finance helpdesk covers full user and technical support (PSF/ SIMS/ FMS/ ACCESS/ Sage) and any other financial query.
Finance consultancy discount – Purchase five or more consultancy days, you’ll receive 10% off our standard consultancy pricing.
Supply discount – Spend over £50,000 during the academic year and receive a rebate
Payroll – free implementation when you switch to SAAF payroll
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