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Extend Learning

Academies Network

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What to expect from us

When you become part of the Extend Learning Academies Network (ELAN), your school gains an experienced central team with a proven track record who will work with you to improve education, child and staff wellbeing and reduce the bulk of administration and business functions required at school level, leaving you able to dedicate more time to what you do best. Educate children.

The school contribution provides services, advice and resources that would normally be met by the school budget or provided by the local authority and is now administered centrally.


We employ highly skilled, qualified and experienced specialists, who are dedicated to the trust’s values and ethos. This gives ELAN schools an outstanding and unparalleled level of service and value which allows schools to focus on providing an extraordinary education.


The following management and business services are provided from the schools contribution:


Accounting and financial managementPolicy support and writing
Budgeting and reportingStatutory compliance (legal/finance/governance etc.)
Payments income and balancesStatutory reporting
HR- qualified HR advice, support and managementContract negotiation, procurement and alignment
HR transactional, contract management, recruitment, trainingEstate management, advice and support
HR- restructuring adviceTrust Capital Grant administration
GDPR / DBS ChecksManagement of capital projects
Full payroll and pension servicesGovernance - ELAN Board and local governing body support and guidance
Operational software and accounting licences PSF/PSPGrant intelligence and applications 
Health and safety compliance, guidance and co-ordination                       Restructuring advice


New joiners:

In addition the central team will manage the process for incorporating any new schools or academies that wish to join us. Undertaking the processes for:


Due diligence                      Land transfers
TUPEIncorporating into ELAN systems


Mutual school services are an addition to the school contribution management and business services. Schools have identified and chosen to “club together” to provider these enhanced services across the trust to save money using economies of scale.