Academy conversion – a different perspective

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Posted in:Education|January 10, 2017 | Join the mailing list

With extensive experience working for local authorities Darren Ashworth, Associate at berg, looks at academy conversion from an alternative perspective from that of a school.  examining some of the principal issues which are likely to require consideration by a local authority and have a knock-on effect on working together with a school towards successful conversion.

Despite a change in political agenda, it is still expected that a number of conversions of local authority maintained schools to academies will occur nationwide in 2017.  Any such conversion process inevitably involves significant changes in responsibilities, financial arrangements and working relationships.  The impact of those changes on the relevant local authority, and its officers, can sometimes be forgotten in the drive to secure the conversion.

While it is by no means a definitive list, some of the principal issues which are likely to require consideration by a local authority in the context of a conversion include:

Ideally, the converting school, its stakeholders and the relevant local authority will work together in partnership (with a mutual appreciation of the pressures and concerns that can arise from the process) to ensure a successful conversion and, most importantly, the best possible outcome for the children and young people attending the school.

To find out more about the issues raised in this post, or to discuss any queries regarding academy conversion get in touch with Michelle Gray on or call +44 (0) 161 829 2599.
The information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by berg or any of its partners or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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