Whole academy support from top teaching to bottom line

Whole-academy and multi-academy trust support

There are significant additional risks and responsibilities that come with the autonomy of running a stand-alone academy or multi-academy trust, as well as operational and financial challenges. Added to that, there are certain administrative obligations, as well as the need to manage building assets and develop an ICT strategy; in fact, the list is endless! These things alone can distract considerable time and effort, as well as resource, away from the main focus of improving outcomes for chidlren and young people.

Working in partnership with senior leaders at both individual Academies and at Multi-Academy trusts, our team of 600 expert consultants provide whole school solutions.

School Improvement

Research shows that the best way to achieve an excellent school system is through a school-led model of improvement. Our education experts, many of whom are Ofsted-qualified inspectors, support academies and multi-academy trusts to achieve this vision, build and develop sustainable capacity and improve outcomes for all children and young people, including those from vulnerable groups.


School Improvement Strategy Planning and Data Dashboard

Babcock Education will support your new MAT or converting school with a Strategic Framework for your school improvement strategy.

We will provide a data dashboard with key criteria for each school to review their performance and evaluate themselves in three principle areas:

  • School performance and capacity
  • Inclusion
  • Safeguarding

The data dashboard will be used to inform the school’s self-evaluation process and support strategic planning and the school improvement plan.

Our consultancy support will facilitate discussions on your vision, values and key objectives, helping you to get the right improvement priorities and support to secure sustainable improvement.

Learner Services

Our Safeguarding and Attendance subscription services, data analysis packages and bespoke consultancy  are designed to meet the needs of individual schools and academies, school clusters and multi-academy trusts.   We provide practical support, training and targeted strategies across all key stages of education to identify and address safeguarding and  attendance issues.


  • Support schools with appropriate policy and practice advice regarding vulnerable pupils
  • Help schools identify safeguarding concerns early
  • Provide information, interventions and strategies for improving the attendance of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children
  • Provide bespoke training and whole school/individual staff development


Handling and ensuring your finances are managed according to government guidelines is crucial to the overall management and development of your academy or trust. Babcock’s quality-assured Finance consultants can help you avoid costly errors and minimise risk, making sure you’re maximising financial efficiencies.


Finance Consultancy:

  • Pre-Conversion Academy Start-Up Service
  • Enhanced Conversion Service
  • Core Finance Packages: to reduce strategic risk and support the production of funding forecasts, budget plans and monitoring reports
  • DfE approved Financial Health Checks

Governance and Compliance

Ensuring regulatory and statutory compliance in every area of your operation is paramount to sustainability. Babcock’s services steer school leaders and governors through the process for a seamless transition to academy status or becoming a multi-academy trust, and give ongoing comprehensive support thereafter.


  • Creating or Joining a MAT – what do governors need to consider?
  • Effective Governance in a MAT

Academy Conversion Services

Babcock Education and Michelmores provide an academy start-up service – whether it's a straight conversion or a group of academies joining forces in a MAT. With everything from vision shaping, managing conversion process, structuring financial support to secretarial services, it provides one-stop conversion support. Download our Start Right Conversion Services brochure now.


Executive Leadership Programme

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The strategic advice and guidance provided by our HR consultant ensures that we can be confident in our decision making at all levels. Our consultant is like our ‘critical friend’, with a wealth of expertise, who is able to provide information to support and help us make informed choices.

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