• 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

  • Our LA is quite 'hands-off' anyway, so what freedoms would academy conversion bring?

    We don’t currently understand the freedoms that converting might give us – what additional freedoms are there? We’re pretty much left to do what we want at the moment anyway as our local authority is quite ‘hands-off’, so what will the difference be? Christine says: I’m not surprised you don’t understand the ‘freedoms’ that converting might bring,

    5.00 Sep. 8th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Can church schools become stand-alone academies?

    Question: Is the memorandum of understanding between the Department for Education and the Church of England/Catholic Church a legally binding document?  Can church schools become stand-alone academies or do they have to become part of a diocesan-led trust? Victoria says: In order to answer the above, we need to look first at how a church school

    5.00 Aug. 30th, 2016 | Opinion