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All schools have the opportunity to convert to academy status. This page brings together links to useful articles and downloads to help you find what you need if you are considering conversion.

All maintained schools currently have the opportunity to convert to academies. 

These articles and resources have been chosen to help you to navigate the conversion process, and ensure you get the transition right. 

The road to academisation in 100 seconds

In this video, The Key's insights manager looks at the data on the current level of academisation in the UK.

Considering conversion?

Converting to academy status, and how you might want to do this, is a big decision that will require much discussion by the governing body. 

The Key has an article which lists questions for governors to consider during the discussion about conversion, including:

  • Have we considered the implications?
  • Do we currently feel constrained?
  • What would we do differently?

Our article 'Academy conversion: retaining your existing governing body' is a useful starting point for governors' concerned about the future of the governing body in the case of academy conversion.

The conversion process

The process for academy conversion is complex, with many steps schools must complete before the conversion is finalised.

To help you keep track of these, we have created a downloadable KeyDoc checklist, based on the DfE's guide to conversion.

In another article, we set out the DfE's recommendation that converting schools hire a solicitor. The article includes advice from two of our associate education experts on researching potential solicitors and structuring the interview process, as well as questions to ask at the interview.

See below for articles on additional aspects of academy conversion, including a bundle with information on multi-academy trusts (MATs).

  • Academy conversion: consultation Are schools required to consult before academy conversion? We look at the requirements for consultation when converting to an academy. We also refer to advice from an LA, two associate experts and a union on how to conduct a consultation.

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