With the current reduction in support from local authorities it has become increasingly difficult for any one school to provide the comprehensive range of services that children and our schools require. Our trust provides a means to fund and source these services, tailoring them to the needs of our schools in a way that was not possible before. The child services being developed include: attendance, family support, pastoral and autism outreach. Back line services include accountancy, business management, strategic IT, income generation, marketing and procurement. All this is intended to support school leaders, freeing them up to focus on first class teaching and learning for all.