Conversion and expansion

The route from local authority maintained status to becoming an academy is now a well-trodden one. There is considerable experience available to call on. However, it is still a complex task and taking short cuts can lead to expensive mistakes and overlooking issues that should be dealt with before links with the local authority are severed.

The conversion process is the time when the future demands of being an academy need to be fully understood and responded to. Questions such as, does the school have the skills to enable it to prepare company accounts. Does it fully understand the current support for basic functions such as accounting, payroll and payment processing, education support, IT, HR, health and safety and premises maintenance?

A major change for academies is the need for governance regimes that meet the requirements of the companies act, charities law and Education Funding Agency's regulations. Do you have a clear understanding of the responsibilities of an academy trust? Do you have sufficient expertise on your governing body?

A thorough and well planned conversion will ensure that the first years as an academy will run smoothly and you will not be diverted from the task of delivering excellent education to your pupils by firefighting administrative and legal issues. The Academies Hub provides a valuable source of information and support. Guidance will be available on how to plan the conversion, what areas to focus on, understanding the expertise you need to bring in to assist the process and the characteristics required in a robust and independent up academy. 

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Document double page Articles 

Education secretary hatches plan to tackle 'coasting' schools / Public Finance 

Book Guidance

Academy conversion process / Department for Education

Academy conversion: small schools supplement for primary schools / Department for Education

Academy exemplar policies / Department for Education

Convert to an academy: guide to schools / Department for Education

Establishing a new school: free school provision / Department for Education

Expanding your academy trust: resources for multi-academy trusts / Department for Education

Free school application guide / Department for Education

Free school pre-opening guide / Department for Education

Hundreds of 'coasting' schools to be transformed / Department for Education  

Pupil referral units: converting to alternative provision academies / Department for Education

Restructuring in academies: a look at how the sector is evolving and expanding / CIPFA Academies, Colleges and Universities Panel

Open booking with writing Reports

Converter academies: statistics / House of Commons Library

Information on schools converting to academy status / Department for Education