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GAG pooling is fast becoming a hot topic for discussion amongst Multi-Academy Trusts as they continue to look for ways of creating efficiencies as funding pressures continue. Lord Agnew is also a big advocate.
Although GAG pooling has been permitted since 2013, the vast majority of trusts tend to top slice. But top slicing is becoming harder as trusts battle against balancing their central trust budgets. Some trusts have been considering increasing to a 10% top slice – but will this be attractive when it comes to new schools joining the trust in the future?
There many factors to consider before entering into GAG pooling as it is a significant change in culture and approach. Therefore, trusts considering this option should take their time and look to introduce GAG pooling via a step process.
Trusts must also consider what their approach is going to be towards growth. GAG pooling, to many schools looking to join a trust, may seem an unattractive proposition as they will see this as the trust “taking their funds”. But if the trust is looking to expand by taking on schools that have little choice or room for negotiation, then GAG pooling does make sense.
At Kreston Reeves we have recently produced a factsheet on the concept of GAG pooling to assist those multi-academy trusts looking to implement this relatively new proposition. Our factsheet looks at the following:
If you would like a copy of our GAG pooling factsheet then please contact one of the academies and education team who will be happy to provide you with a copy.
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