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Internal scrutiny and risk

We offer independent internal scrutiny and risk solutions to support the management and monitoring of your resources and operations. Our blend of expertise and software leaves no stone unturned in our quest for effective, practical risk management and compliance.  

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Less risk, more reward

Compliance and reporting

Trusts must have a programme of internal scrutiny to provide independent assurance to the board and provide an annual report to ESFA. Our experts can support you with this. 



Bespoke risk management

Each trust will have a distinct risk profile which requires a bespoke approach. We can tailor our solutions to your needs. 

 

Streamlining processes

Risk management systems do not always work effectively within trusts, leading to difficulty in identifying and scoring individual risks appropriately, and failing to aid in establishing a successful programme of internal scrutiny. This is where our team can help. 

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Comprehensive expertise

Our professionally qualified experts span all areas of education, providing comprehensive internal scrutiny, including banking, procurement, payroll, safeguarding, health and safety, cyber security, and curriculum.



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Validating leadership practices

The internal scrutiny function provides independent assurance to Members and Trustees, on the effectiveness and suitability of the financial and non-financial controls and risk management procedures.

  

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Value-driven solutions

We provide an effective independent internal scrutiny function that delivers substantial value to your school or Trust.

Risk management that covers all bases

Our experts will help you navigate, understand and manage risk, compliance and assurance in your school or Trust.

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Financial review
Options include financial governance, governance framework, register of business interests, banking and investment, income, procurement, payroll, budgeting and forward financial planning, and new academy governance. 
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Strategic operations review
Options include risk identification, management and control processes; SCR and staff file audit; HR; GDPR; health and safety checks; statutory information, policies, and website; site security; cybersecurity; safeguarding; and staff and pupil wellbeing and more.
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Teaching and learning review
Options include integrated curriculum financial planning and resource management, pupil premium, PE and sport premium review, SEND review, general curriculum review, and sustainability.

 

Financial Review Carousel 1
Financial review
Options include financial governance, governance framework, register of business interests, banking and investment, income, procurement, payroll, budgeting and forward financial planning, and new academy governance. 
Strategic Operations Review carousel 2
Strategic operations review
Options include risk identification, management and control processes; SCR and staff file audit; HR; GDPR; health and safety checks; statutory information, policies, and website; site security; cybersecurity; safeguarding; and staff and pupil wellbeing and more.
Teaching and Learning Review carousel 3
Teaching and learning review
Options include integrated curriculum financial planning and resource management, pupil premium, PE and sport premium review, SEND review, general curriculum review, and sustainability.

 

Trust the education experts

We’re here to put you in control of your risk, like so many other schools and MATs we’ve helped! 

We are in the process of using the Juniper Internal Scrutiny service to assess the financial controls across our 16 academies. The service provided is professional, the reviews being carried out are thorough, and the reports we have received to date have been highly informative. I would definitely recommend.
CFO Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust
We have used the Internal Audit Service from Juniper for several years and have always been impressed with the way that the service is conducted. As an academy trust we are required to be suitably challenged to ensure that our procedures match our financial regulations and the academy financial handbook.
CEO Eveleigh Link Academy Trust

Providing real solutions for all of your risk related challenges

Our professionally qualified experts offer a breadth of internal scrutiny and risk management solutions. 

  • Support with site security, health & safety and critical incident planning. 
  • Assess all financial processes, including financial governance and reporting.
  • Our experts will help you navigate, understand and manage risk in your school or Trust. 

Strong foundations built around market-leading brands

Our solutions are built on the expertise and experience of the most well-known brands in the education industry.

Frequently asked questions

Why is school risk management so important?

Risk management  allows an educational institution to identify and define what risks are present within the organisation and manage potential future risks before becoming present. Risk management  also outlines what policies need to be in place, and how to reduce risk and oversee the ways in which risk is handled in schools. 

What are the risks in schools?

While risk can be unpredictable and sudden, there are a few common areas of risk identified  within schools. From governance, financial and legal risk, cyber security, data protection, accidents, fire, maintenance, visitor access and more. 

How do you manage risk in schools?

Juniper’s expert compliance team is always on hand and there to support you so that you can feel assured that where possible, you are given the guidance to mitigate risk to an acceptable level.  Helping to ensure the future success of your trust.




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What are internal scrutiny services for schools?

Internal scrutiny in schools refers to the process of independently assessing and evaluating financial and non-financial controls, risk management procedures, and leadership practices to ensure effective governance, compliance with educational standards and best practise.

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Governance and clerking

Utilise the expertise of our school governance professionals and experienced clerks for specialist guidance and advice, helping your governing body to fulfil its duties. 

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Finance services

Support your school’s business manager by utilising our school finance experts. Maximise your budget and keep track of your expenditure across a constantly evolving education landscape. 

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Juniper Horizons MIS

The cloud-based school Management Information System (MIS) that’s uniquely engineered to meet the needs of primary schools.