Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust

Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) is made up of 11 academies across East London and Essex.

Adopting the motto “outstanding education, exceptional people”, BMAT’s mission is to break down barriers that prevent children from becoming confident, high-achieving and independent.

Tom Brighton, Chief Operating Officer at BMAT, spoke to us about how EPM have helped to support their success.

Extensive support services

Our customers value our experience, expertise and diversity, which is why 94% of leaders that join us, stay with us.

“Since we teamed up with EPM we have received a really robust service across all our schools. It allows our team, right the way from administrators on the ground to our headteachers, to be able to draw down on a wealth of knowledge and experience. That might be online, over the phone or in person.”

Expanding their MAT

Bringing new schools into an academy trust can be daunting from a legal perspective. At EPM, we take the complication out of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment), (TUPE), and our hands on specialist advice, how-to guides and support helps to make the process as seamless as possible.

“EPM was really supportive when we were taking on a school that was in a separate borough to where our MAT is based. They were excellent in providing advice in relation to a different Local Authority, and went over and above in relation to due diligence and transferring of payroll data.”

A payroll provision you can trust

“Payroll for us works really well, there is a real synergy there. The team is very responsive and it has been so well received from everybody in the organisation.”

EPM support more 1,000 schools nationwide by providing a unique and accurate service.

Our dedicated team

We provide every school with their own named, dedicated contacts, to ensure a close-knit relationship.

“I’ve worked with numerous people from the EPM team and they are all very approachable, very passionate about what they do, and always give a measured view, that is really important within HR, and it has always been a pleasure to deal with them.”

100% focused on education

“I would recommend EPM across the sector. Having worked with them for 10 years now, I hope the relationship continues. The main reason is that I feel that their advice is always up-to-date, the Payroll system is far superior to anything I have used in the past and, ultimately, they are a really approachable and pleasant organisation to work with.”

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