New system to ease the HR administration and planning burden for schools and academy trusts

Strictly Education, the leading education support services provider, has launched a new single HR, payroll and pensions system designed specifically for the education sector. The system—called EduPeople—will significantly ease the burden of managing the school workforce for both school leaders and their administrative staff and give back greater overall control of this critical part of daily operations.

With one employee record at its core, EduPeople eliminates the need for duplicate data entry. EduPeople, which comes with a team of over 50 education experts, saves time, improves accuracy and avoids costly mistakes through the automation of all administrative HR, pensions and payroll processes.

Amanda Fisher, CEO at Strictly Education said “As a trusted partner to over 2,000 schools and academy trusts, we asked our clients what they wanted from an HR and payroll system and tailored the specification to meet the unique requirements of an education-specific system. Through this investment, EduPeople provides an affordable option for every school or trust and enables them to focus on adding value in the classroom.”

Many of Strictly Education current payroll clients have already migrated to EduPeople as they can see the benefits the rich HR admin functionality will bring to their academy trust. Smart HR features enable schools to manage their HR processes and reporting more effectively. From recruitment and onboarding to fostering a high-performance culture, managing staff absence, case management and the single central record, EduPeople has it covered. With regular updates, the system will ensure schools’ legislative requirements are met both today and in the future.

Nunthorpe Academy Trust, who has recently moved to EduPeople could see the benefits the new system would bring. Nunthorpe’s HR Manager said, “We saw EduPeople as an excellent way to develop our HR/Payroll systems in a way which would not only create a better ‘user friendly’ environment for our staff records in terms of the self-service functionality but would also allow the trust greater strategic analysis and cost effectiveness with our HR and payroll processes. We look forward to fully utilising all the HR modules within the EduPeople portal for the benefit of our staff and the trust.”

EduPeople’s team of support-staff experts and consultants, who understand the nuances of the education sector, make it easy and low risk for schools and trusts to switch their HR or payroll provision and ensure they get the most value from the unrivalled HR functionality EduPeople has to offer. The modular functionality also means EduPeople can scale and grow with the school or trust.

Nunthorpe Academy Trust’s HR Manager continued, “Strictly has supported us throughout the project to aid the smooth migration of data and ensure this has had minimal impact on the day to day running of our service during the interim.”

Three levels of service are available from EduPeople: Core, Premium and Platinum.

Further information and an explainer video on the system is available. Visit Strictly Education’s website –


About Strictly Education

Founded in 2004, Strictly Education has grown to become a leading education-specific provider of professional education support services and solutions to schools, academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs). Since its recent acquisition of Babcock 4S (now Strictly Education 4S) and 3BM Education (now Strictly Education 3BM) in 2019, around 700,000 children benefit from the support it provides to over 1,200 maintained schools, 900 academies and 180 MATs in over 100 local authorities across the UK.

Acutely aware of the challenges facing headteachers, business managers and governors to deliver improved outcomes for pupils with fewer resources, their robust professional service capabilities, technology-led solutions and strategic leadership support enables schools to reduce their administrative costs, remain compliant with statutory responsibilities, and stay fully focused on improving the learning outcomes of their pupils.

Schools can rely on their HR expertise to help with issues such as staff absence and retention and improve business efficiency with their support for payroll and pensions administration, governance, finance, SIMS and technology, and premises including health and safety.

With headteachers continuing to face the twin pressures of having ‘to do more with less’, whilst also managing significant structural, human and financial change with school, academy and MAT expansion, Strictly Education has defined a clear mission and modus operandi: to be the trusted partner in education support services, enabling school leaders to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people, by providing a flexible mix of strategic and hands-on operational support.


About Amanda Fisher, CEO Strictly Education

Amanda Fisher was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Strictly Education in July 2018. She is leading the company into the next phase of its growth, defining and implementing an ambitious growth strategy.

Previously, Amanda was Partnership Director for ISS, building the portfolio of Facilities Management contracts across all phases of education, Early Years through to Higher Education. Prior to working at ISS, she was Managing Director at Babcock Education, leading the company to become the UK’s largest integrated support services provider to schools, with over 600 specialists providing educational consultancy and expertise.


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Ensuring continued service provision for your school or academy trust

Dear Colleague,

Information and support regarding service provision in relation to the latest Covid-19 restrictions.

In response to the latest lockdown restrictions effective until the 2nd Dec, we would like to reassure you that we continue to have a robust plan in place that will enable us to ensure continuity of service over the coming weeks. We have taken a blended approach to work since the beginning of the pandemic and our offices have remained open throughout. Everyone at Strictly Education is able to work effectively from home and our offices continue to stay open for those who have a specific work or wellbeing requirement to work in the office.

Working so closely with many of you, we are acutely aware of the ever-changing rules and regulations you are having to endure – so we will continue to keep in touch to provide regular updates via our website, email and social media. Individual service delivery teams will continue business as usual and deliver services remotely in some instances. If circumstances change in your school, please let us know and contact your service desk as usual.

Here is a quick summary of the latest lockdown rules for schools, courtesy of Schools Week.

Support Resources

Alongside our day-to-day support and the services we deliver, we have created resources to help you in relation to health and safety, wellbeing and remote learning, all with Covid-19 in mind. We will keep all these resources available for as long as they are needed, and we are still providing free open access for all our clients to the HR Coronavirus Resources Hub.

Coming soon…

New look online training brochure for Spring term 

Our new online booking site for training courses and webinars has not only allowed us to increase the number of courses and subjects available, but the easy-to-use platform can also accept online payments for users that do not yet have an account with us. A new look online brochure for the Spring term will be available at the beginning of December.

Do you have TAs that want to achieve Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status?

Our HTLA training and accreditation offer is growing beyond South East England. We are now able to provide this service to a wider region than ever before. Read more about HTLA status on the Strictly Education 4S website.

New Directory of Services

An updated Directory of Education Services will be published in November. We will be introducing new services to HR and School Leadership, plus Internal Scrutiny designed especially for academy trusts. A digital directory will soon be available to download.

If you have any queries, please contact us:

0345 270 8260


Amanda Fisher
CEO Strictly Education


3BM Education Services is changing its name to Strictly Education 3BM

Dear Colleague,

Having now become a firmly established member of the Strictly Education family we will be changing our name from ‘3BM Education’ to ‘Strictly Education 3BM’.

By joining forces, we are now part of a much bigger education-focused group and united by a common purpose; supporting schools to achieve the best outcomes and progress for children and young people.

You can download a letter here which provides you with more information as our story moves to the next stage.

This change will allow us to align our brand name with Strictly Education and Strictly Education 4S, whilst still retaining the identity and legacy of 3BM that you know and trust.

What does this mean for you and your school?

On a day-to-day level, it is business as usual. Telephone numbers remain unchanged and there will be minor changes to the 3BM website, email addresses and social media accounts. The change takes effect from the 15th October 2020. Click here [link to letter] for full details.

Now trading as Strictly Education 3BM, our commitment to providing continuity of service, investment in our people and delivering services with a strong social and partnership ethos remains paramount. We look forward to working with you in the year ahead.



Amanda Fisher
CEO Strictly Education






COVID-19 Update

Be assured that despite the closure of our offices, the Strictly Education group will continue to support you and your staff through these unprecedented times. Our business continuity plans have been successful and we are in a strong position with all our staff able to work remotely and effectively.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any issues or concerns that we can support you with, even if it is for a service that you don’t currently purchase from us. We are here to answer your questions and respond to your needs.

Click here to access our dedicated Coronavirus page, containing regularly updated resources and information for schools.


Contact us:

Strictly Education 3BM

0345 270 8260