Following the Chancellor’s plans set out in his March 2016 budget, many schools in England will be required to convert to academy status by May 2020. Whilst the government has climbed down on the decision to make conversions compulsory (with some exceptions) it is still a procedure that underperforming schools will be required to do.
Despite the added freedoms a new academy trust will have, there are some things that could prove problematic along the way.
We know issues can occur when working towards meeting the Department for Education’s (DfE) very specific criteria, whether that’s during the registering of interest, beginning the TUPE process or submitting the funding agreement. There are also risks once the academy is open, such as procurement and governance issues.
If you are a governor, stakeholder or headteacher at a school that is looking to begin the academy conversion process, you can get in contact now and:
- Download our Step by Step Academy Conversion Handbook opposite which breaks down and explains the conversion process in 36 easy-to-follow steps.
Expert advice and a personal approach
We want to make sure the conversion process runs as smoothly as possible, is on time and in budget. We can help if you represent:
- Primary or secondary schools looking to convert to academy status.
- A collection of schools wanting to form a multi-academy trust.
- A school looking to join an existing multi-academy trust
Find out more about Kennedys’ Education training packages and find out about our Education events here.