Opinion

‘This revolution in governance does not include barricades’

The multi academy trust is an increasingly common form of school governance. Should governors embrace the change or make...

Emma Knights
Emma Knights
Opinion

Education bill: Who will pay the bills as academies are passed around between trusts?

With the late inclusion of academies and free schools in new coasting schools legislation, schools could be passed around...

Phil Reynolds
Phil Reynolds
Opinion

‘Partnering up is the future for academies’

In 2011, two thirds of primary academies were standalone – but by 2015 65 per cent were in a...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

The 5 things we look for in schools wanting to join our academy trust

Educationists often are asked to behave like used car salesmen to promote their wares, but always take a proper...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

So you want to join an academy trust? Make sure you ask these 7 questions first

Many schools will be thinking about joining a trust or federation. This is probably a sensible response to rising...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Year in review: a governor’s perspective on 2015

Governors have been in the headlines this year. Compulsory training, paid chairs and vice-chairs, and no more stakeholders have all been...

Naureen Khalid
Naureen Khalid
Opinion

You don’t need to be paid to do a professional job

Sir Michael Wilshaw is right: governors need professional development. But he’s wrong about the money. It would be a...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

£850k on academy trusts with no schools? It’s a problem. But let’s not start a mass hysteria

On Wednesday, more than 40 pupils were treated for sickness and feeling faint at a school in Ripon, North...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

How to understand your academy’s finances

It can be daunting, but academy trustees are legally bound to understand the financial position of their school. Read on ....

Phil Reynolds
Phil Reynolds