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.
How does a single academy become a sponsor in a MAT? We relay guidance on becoming a sponsor and forming a multi-academy trust (MAT), and how long each of these processes take. We also discuss what the DfE will look for in an academy applying to become a sponsor and form a MAT.
How are academy clerks usually paid? Academies are free to set their own pay and conditions for clerks. In this article, we relay advice from two of our associate experts on conditions and pay scales for academy clerks, and link to examples of pay and hours for clerks in academies.
What legal obligations are placed upon trustees in academies? Academy trustees have legal duties as charity trustees and as company directors. We refer to the Governance Handbook, the Academies Financial Handbook, and guidance for schools produced by the Charity Commission, Governors for Schools and the DfE.
Who are the members of the academy trust? This article looks into what the DfE's model articles say about membership of academy trusts. You will also find examples of how different trusts are composed, and answers to questions about members who are also trustees or local governors.
How can we change the name of our academy? We explain the difference between a company name and a trading name and look at how you can change them. You will also find out how this applies to an academy within a MAT.
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.
Is there guidance on admissions in special academies? We refer to the School Admissions Code, model funding agreement and SEND Code of Practice, and relay advice from two of our associate education experts on managing special academy admissions.
How are MATs inspected? We relay information from Ofsted and the DfE about the inspection of MATs, including the notice, frequency and process of inspection. We also point to areas of good practice outlined in Ofsted outcome letters following inspections of MATs.
What is the procedure for suspending someone from the board of trustees? This article sets out the grounds on which a board may decide to suspend a trustee. It also sets out the procedure for initiating and appealing against a suspension.
Is there advice on the interview process for selecting legal support? We relay guidance on the process of appointing a solicitor for the academy conversion process. Two of our associate education experts give advice on conducting interviews and suggest questions to ask candidates.
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.
What are the roles and responsibilities of the members of an academy trust? This article refers to the Governance Handbook and relays advice from two national leaders of governance on how the members' role is distinct from that of trustees. We also link to members' role descriptions from schools.
What are the rules on removing academy trustees from office? We explain the rules on this, as set out in the DfE's model articles and the Governance Handbook. We also relay advice from one of our associate education experts on seeking to remove a trustee.
We refer to the model articles of association and outline advice from our associate experts about who should attend annual general meetings (AGMs), when they should be scheduled and what the agenda should include.
Academy conversion can become a contentious topic for staff and parents. We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on allaying their concerns. We also provide an example of an FAQs document used as part of an academy conversion consultation.
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.
What happens to a school's debt before academy conversion? We refer to guidance from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) on schools with deficits before academy conversion. We look at information on academies without a sponsor, sponsored academies and converter academies.