Introducing Internal Scrutiny

Strictly Education is now offering our Internal Scrutiny SLA which provides independent assurance to Academy Trust Boards that their financial controls and risk management procedures are operating effectively. The latest Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) introduced the new statutory requirement for both Single and Multi-Academy Trusts to ensure these procedures put in place are both robust and applied correctly.

Going beyond financial checks, Internal Scrutiny could include an audit of HR policies and processes, property, health and safety, procurement and much more. Working with the Academy Trust’s audit committee, there is a requirement to report findings to the ESFA annually.

Strictly Education has a team of scrutineers with extensive experience in the education sector, meeting the criteria set out by the ESFA. With the backing of our dedicated service teams in Finance, Payroll, Technology, Premises, HR, Facilities and School Effectiveness, Strictly Education is well-placed to provide independent, objective advice to Academy Trusts to ensure they meet the new requirement to report to the ESFA by 31 August. Strictly Education’s Internal Scrutiny service is flexible and considers the size and needs of each Trust. Importantly, the Internal Scrutiny service provided by Strictly Education will not conflict with the Trust’s external auditing processes.

For more details on Internal Scrutiny, please visit

You can also find out more about Strictly Education's Internal Scrutiny SLA by downloading your new Directory of Education Services for Academies, MATs and Non-Maintained Schools here.

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