How to avoid common pitfalls in academy conversion

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

Last reviewed on 11 June 2024See updates
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  1. Be clear on why you’re converting 
  2. The conversion process shouldn’t fall to just 1 person
  3. Don’t let your school leaders leave complicated issues to the last minute
  4. Conduct your own research 
  5. Understand that your legal status will change
  6. Check that your scheme of delegation is adapted for your school

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.

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.

While you should have ownership and oversight of the conversion process, governors shouldn’t be delegated the responsibility to lead the process.

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