The only purpose-built MAT budgeting, forecasting and reporting tool
Designed specifically for multi-academy trusts, IMP Planner is the most powerful budget management software available.
Unify all of your data
We know – like us – you’re tired of school-focused budgeting, forecasting and reporting software that doesn’t fit the complexity of MAT financial management.
That’s why we created IMP Planner.
Powerful yet hassle-free forecasting
IMP Planner automates the process by combining finance, forecast and payroll data to ensure you’re always able to accurately and efficiently predict your year-end outturn – while automatically shaping your 5-year forecast.
Gain control and agility
IMP Planner provides a uniquely MAT-based approach to budgeting, forecasting and reporting. We hold all your data centrally, giving you the tools to make changes across all your schools – instantly.
Because we hold all your budget data centrally, accurate and specific reports are ready at the click of a button. Our reporting suite allows you to run and re-run reports as you choose by schools, by hub, or MAT-level – we give you the power to choose.
Frequently asked questions
How do I get all my existing school budget and establishment data into IMP?
We don’t just send you a spreadsheet for a system you don’t know how to use and ask you to populate it, our bespoke implementation process is run by our in-house team of MAT system experts. They’ll take your best available data in whatever format you have it and get to work, checking in regularly to make sure things like budget calculators and staffing calculations are working in the way you expect.
What makes this different to our current school budget management system?
Unlike other systems which treat schools as silos and have consolidation reports added around the edges, Planner is built specifically for MATs. All schools sit within the same pot of data using a single set of centrally controlled assumptions and budget drivers. With unrivalled visibility of your school budgets, Planner allows MATs to maintain agility and control amid an ever changing financial landscape.
Can I use Planner to monitor my budget and reforecast my full-year position?
Through an iterative approach, Planner utilises intelligent functionality to take away the manual and laborious task of monthly reforecasting. Notes are embedded into reports and actuals are pulled in at a transaction level from your finance system meaning all of your forecasting and reporting work takes place inside Planner. Each monthly forecast has its own dataset which can be used to demonstrate and explain how your position is changing month to month.
Will Planner facilitate our MAT's approach to financial management and operating model?
We work with MATs of all different shapes and sizes. Some GAG pool, others top-slice. Some are centralised with others completely decentralised. No matter the approach Planner is completely flexible, handling your MAT's reporting structures and evolving with you over time should your approach to financial management change.
What reports are available?
Including Trust-wide forecast oversight, granular staffing details, KPI’s, multi-year budget summaries and monthly forecast reports, we have a significant number that can be used to support with the preparation and analysis of budgets and forecasts. Every report is consolidated but can be run by hub, school type or for an individual school.
What finance systems do you integrate with?
We have automated integration with Iris Financials (PSF), Sage line 200 and Hoge 100. We work with all other finance systems and create bespoke conversion templates to ensure that no manual rework is required before using our custom import/export routines.
Let us help you transform your MAT's financial planning
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