Internal Controls Evaluation (ICE) Service

An independent and highly professional service, the ICE provides valuable assurance to Headteachers and Governors/Trustees on the appropriateness of your internal financial controls.

LA Maintained Schools ICE

The service consists of an on-site visit by one of our fully trained professional Review Consultants who will test of the adequacy of internal financial controls via sampling transactions and questioning.

Following the visit the school will receive a formal report detailing recommendations to strengthen controls and ensure compliance with regulations for Governors to review and take appropriate action if required.

The school ICE service follows a structured programme that is aligned to the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), which is required to be submitted to the Local Authority each year by 31st March. Our report includes cross-references to the SFVS to help Governors with completion of the document.

"Always a really positive experience. Consultant was very helpful, useful to talk through recommendations and all fully explained."  Holy Trinity CofE Primary Colchester, Sept 2017

Academy ICE

In order to comply with the Academies Financial Handbook requirement for academy trusts to have in place a programme of checking internal controls, we offer a service dedicated to supporting the Board of Trustees, Audit Committee or other committee with this delegated responsibility. Our review is flexible and can be tailored to meet your bespoke requirements.

Information can be found on our Academy Internal Controls page.

"Fantastic, will really help our office procedures run more smoothly" Whitmore Primary, July 2018

"This visit has been very constructive and will enable me to carry out my work to a more professional standard."Doddinghurst Juniors, March 2018

Please contact our advice line on 033301 39832 or email support.efs@eesforschools.org for further help or assistance.

A copy of our SLA is available to customers on request.


Tailored Consultancy

In addition to the programmes listed above, we also provide high quality, flexible adviser support tailored to the individual needs of your school. Please email us for further information or to discuss your school or network's needs.
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