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Last reviewed on 20 April 2021
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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.

Our thanks to our associate education experts Graeme Hornsby, Mark Trusson, Tiffany Beck and Keith Clover for their help with this article.

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’ll 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 just to 1 person. Responsibilities should be delegated between:

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

While you

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