• Norfolk council rakes in £500,000 from academy conversion fees

    Schools in Norfolk have paid more than £500,000 in “conversion costs” to their local authority to become academies, Schools Week can reveal. The charges cover almost the entire estimated cost to the council of legal and financial work during the conversion. But in other parts of the country schools paid far less, or nothing at

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Should maintained schools convert to academies?

    Question: Will all schools still have to become academies eventually? And if so, what should maintained schools be doing to review their options? Christine says: We know that the pace of conversions to academy status dropped off once Nicky Morgan did a U-turn on the target for all schools to convert by 2022. However, it

    5.00 Nov. 9th, 2016 | Opinion

  • What happens to our existing governing body if we join an existing multi-academy trust?

    Question: What happens to our existing governing body if we join an existing multi-academy trust? Christine says: That’s a really good question because what happens to your governing body can depend on the trust you are joining.  The powers trusts delegate down to local governing bodies vary across a spectrum that on one side sees

    5.00 Jul. 4th, 2016 | Opinion

  • What Is An Academy? (And other questions about converting schools)

    The government has announced it wants all schools to become academies by 2022. But what are they? Editor Laura McInerney looks at questions about the policy, and tries to answer them straightforwardly.   1.  Aren’t academies run by private companies? Is this just privatisation of schools? Not quite. We have to be careful with language

    21.13 Mar. 16th, 2016 | News, Opinion