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  • 7 common pitfalls in academy conversion What are the common pitfalls during academy conversion? In this article, four of our associate education experts explain some common pitfalls schools experience during academy conversion, and how to avoid them.
  • Academy conversion: consultation Converting to an academy is a big decision. Find out who you should consult, how to do it, and what information to include in your consultation.
  • Academy conversion process How can we become an academy? We outline the process of becoming an academy and explore converting alone or as part of a MAT. You will also find answers to questions about schools that wish to bring forward the date of conversion, and applications submitted without governing body resolutions.
  • Academy conversions: governing body resolutions Are there examples of governing body resolutions to convert to academy status? Governing bodies must pass a resolution to convert before a school can apply to become an academy. This article looks at examples of resolutions from minutes, as well as letters informing parents of resolutions.
  • Due diligence: schools joining an existing MAT How can we assess MATs that we may join? This article includes a KeyDoc for schools to use to carry out due diligence on a multi-academy trust (MAT) they might join. It also looks at the purpose of due diligence and the characteristics of successful MATs.
  • Questions for governors to ask about academy conversion Governors need to know the right questions to ask when considering academy conversion. We relay suggestions of questions or topics that governors could consider before and during the conversion process. We also link to DfE guidance on the conversion process.
  • Schemes of delegation in multi-academy trusts All MATs do governance differently, and your scheme of delegation will set out your trust's approach. As a local governor, you need to be familiar with this document. Understand what kind of information you'll find in your scheme of delegation and when you should look to it for answers.