Last reviewed on 19 April 2022
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Find out how to avoid making the most common mistakes when converting to an academy, so you can make sure the process runs smoothly.

Be clear on why you’re converting 

You and your school leaders need to be clear on:

  • Why your school is converting to an academy
  • What your school wants to change, and
  • Where your school sees itself heading when it becomes an academy

If your school tries to convert without this clarity, it may be harder for the Department for Education (DfE) to accept your school’s application.

Make sure school leaders delegate conversion responsibilities fairly

The conversion process shouldn’t fall to just 1 person. Responsibilities should be delegated between:

  • The headteacher
  • The school business manager (SBM)
  • Other senior staff

This will help to make sure that conversion doesn’t distract staff from providing the best education for pupils, as they’ll still have time to keep on top of their normal duties.

Don’t let your school leaders