The benefits of being part of DGAT

The DGAT Central Tam provides a broad range of support to its family of schools. These include:

School Effectiveness

  • Wide range of high-quality CPD events

  • Frequent visits from the school improvement team to work with the Headteacher and governors on school priorities, providing support, challenge, coaching and mentoring. This can vary depending on the agreed self-evaluation of the school.

  • Joint monitoring activities to quality assure teaching and learning judgements

  • Pastoral support for Headteachers

  • An annual safeguarding audit

  • Support with preparation for Ofsted and SIAMS visits and collation of self-evaluation documentation

  • Moderation across the Trust

  • Access to a Pupil Premium Champion providing support for the progress of disadvantaged pupils

  • Networking opportunities for all staff across DGAT academies, including half-termly Principals’ meetings to discuss shared work and priorities, DHT forum, EYFS leaders’ group and SENDCo cluster

  • Maths and English subject leader meetings

  • Termly teach meets

  • Undertaking of Headteachers/Principals performance management

  • Philosophy for Children (P4C) training for all school staff

  • Peer reviews and joint work scrutiny

  • Support in evaluating the impact of work in developing outstanding practice, including production of template documentation and written reports for Principals and governors

  • Provision of policies including safeguarding

  • Support, training and continued professional development, including an annual Trust conference for all staff

  • SIAMS support and mid-term monitoring visits (DBE team)

  • Opportunities for pupils to work together with children from other Trust academies

  • Pupil tracking software (Target Tracker), training, support and data migration

  • Membership to School Bus

  • General advice and support in terms of school leadership and decision making.

 

Governance

  • Processing of appointments for governors (including foundation appointments)

  • National Governor Association (NGA) membership

  • Chair of Governors’ forum meeting 3 times a year

  • Advice and support regarding admissions

  • Training opportunities for governors

  • Completion of performance management and preparation of all performance management template documentation for the Headteacher

  • Support with the writing of significant change business cases, as required

  • Regular governors’ briefing sheets to ensure governors are kept abreast of policy and legislative developments, for examples changes to national funding arrangements

  • CEO attendance at governor meetings

  • Provision of policies

 

Finance, business and operations

  • Challenge and support to Headteachers and governing bodies with regard to establishing long term (3 year) financial forecasts

  • Bespoke finance package, including all annual finance software licences and budget setting software

  • Ongoing training and support on all financial software, procedures and reporting by a dedicated member of the central team

  • Termly school business manager and finance staff forum

  • Practical support with budget preparation and management, including monthly or bimonthly budget meetings with the Principal

  • Regular updates and briefings on all financial and business-related matters, including, for example, changes to national pay scales and National Insurance rates

  • Management of all month end procedures and submissions, including VAT returns

  • Preparation of monthly reports to Principals, Local Governing Body and the Trust

  • Administration of the Local Government Pension Scheme and Teachers’ Pension Scheme, including completing annual certificates and audit administration

  • Management of procurement, best value and contract negotiations

  • Applications for additional grants and funding, as opportunities arise

  • Preparation and filing of annual Statutory Accounts for the Trust

  • Regularity audits

  • Preparation and submission of the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) – charity accounts

  • Administration for all actuarial valuations

  • Completion and submission of all reports required by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and Department for Education (DfE), including budget forecasts

  • Compliance checks on all financial and business functions

  • Setting up and maintaining all bank accounts

  • Membership to the Gloucestershire Association of School Business Managers

  • School business management forum

  • Central finance function

  • Administration and subsidy of the apprenticeship levy

 

Estates and Insurance

  • Audit of the estate and prioritisation of actions through the provision of an online estates dashboard

  • Support in developing a strategic response to estate management and premises development

  • Writing, submission and tendering for all capital funding and projects

  • Negotiation, set-up and liaison for all insurance arrangements, including land and buildings

  • Tendering, procurement and management of all capital projects

  • Support with health and safety compliance checks including an online compliance dashboard

  • Support with emergency planning and implementation

 

Human Resources and Legal

  • Conversion support, including TUPE consultation, the preparation of the Commercial Transfer Agreement, Land Transfer Agreements and Funding Agreement

  • Provision of Trust-wide HR policies and procedures

  • Union negotiation

  • Employee Assistance Programme for all staff

  • HR support

  • Occupational Health

  • DBS online checks and associated costs

  • Recruitment support

  • Negotiations with the Local Authority, DfE and Regional Schools’ Commissioner, as required

  • Data Protection Officer provision

  • Secondment opportunities and arrangements

This support is funded through the Trust retaining 5% of each academy’s General Annual Grant. When calculating the figure, the Trust does not include any ring-fenced grants (such as Pupil Premium, Sports Grant etc) or notional SEN payments in the calculation.

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