CST and RSM establish new partnership to further support school trusts

31 january 2022

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM UK has joined together in a strategic partnership with the Confederation of School Trusts (CST), the sector body for school trusts.

RSM’s specialist education group offers tailored and pragmatic advice to a growing portfolio of academies, ranging from assurance services to consultancy advice across regulatory, financial, and non-financial areas within each organisation. In addition, technological solutions, such as RSM's 4risk™ cloud-based risk management and assurance software, is helping trusts to see the full picture of their organisation's risk, controls, and assurance environment in real time.

RSM has joined as a platinum partner to deliver expert advice to the school trust sector and help support good governance, leadership and management in school trusts.

Stephanie Mason Head of Further Education and Skills at RSM, said, 'We are delighted to have this opportunity to work closely with CST members to share our expertise in audit, scrutiny and risk management. Our long track record across all phases of UK education will enable us to deliver relevant insight and highly practical support.'

Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive of CST, said, 'The growth of school trusts, the changing technology environment and the ongoing challenges from Covid-19 in education are just some of the factors that make the effective management of risk a high priority for trust boards and executives. RSM has contributed to CST's popular Masterclass in Risk Management for some time. We're delighted that we will now be working together to develop a broader range of knowledge and support for CST members in the fields of risk, audit and board scrutiny and assurance.'