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Academy Conversion Watson Burton LLP Gillian Hall. 29 January 2013. clear practical advice. Who am I?. Senior partner of Watson Burton and head of the Education and Skills Group. Why convert?. It’s not about the money It’s about raising standards. Why convert into an existing MAT?.

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Clear practical advice

Academy Conversion

Watson Burton LLP

Gillian Hall

29 January 2013

clear practical advice


Who am i

Who am I?

  • Senior partner of Watson Burton and head of the Education and Skills Group


Why convert

Why convert?

  • It’s not about the money

  • It’s about raising standards


Why convert into an existing mat

Why convert into an existing MAT?

  • Mutual support

  • Better use of limited budgets


What is a mat

What is a MAT?

  • Company limited by guarantee

  • Exempt charity

  • Members

  • Directors

  • Company Secretary

  • Obligation to file accounts


What is the process

What is the process?

  • Governing Body decision on what is best for the School

  • MAT decision on whether there is a good fit

  • DfE involvement

  • - outstanding and good schools

    - fast track conversions

    - sponsored conversions


Next steps

Next Steps

  • MAT carries out due diligence

  • TUPE process

  • Supplemental Funding Agreement agreed with DfE

  • Transfer agreement agreed with the LA

  • Lease agreed with the LA


Conversion

Conversion

  • Funding agreement signed

  • Transfer and lease documents completed

  • School becomes an academy

  • Local Governing Body appointed

  • Scheme of delegation adopted


Case study

Case Study

  • Two primary schools in a hard federation

  • One outstanding, one good

  • Conversion into a MAT

  • Outstanding headteacher

  • Invited to sponsor a failing primary school and to support a primary school below the floor


Watson burton s role

Watson Burton’s role

  • Making provision for Local Governing Bodies

  • Preparing schemes of delegation

  • Carrying out the due diligence exercise

  • Running the legal aspects of the conversion with the LA and the DfE


The outcome

The outcome

  • Autonomy through Local Governing Bodies

  • Two very good schools helping two less successful schools

  • Cost reductions through shared services

  • Access to better quality services


Structure

Multi Academy Trust

Master Funding Agreement

Holds all land and assets,

and employs

all staff

Academy A

Outstanding

Supplemental Funding

Agreement

Local Governing Body –

makes school specific

decisions subject to

MAT policies

Academy B

Good

Supplemental Funding

Agreement

Local Governing Body –

makes school specific

decisions subject to

MAT policies

Academy C

Floor

Supplemental Funding

Agreement

Local Governing Body –

makes school specific

decisions subject to

MAT policies

Academy D

Sponsored

Supplemental Funding

Agreement

Local Governing Body –

makes school specific

decisions subject to

MAT policies

Structure


Wellspring academy trust

Wellspring Academy Trust

  • Same basic structure

  • Board of Directors

  • Local Governing Bodies

  • School Improvement

  • Shared Services


Any questions

Any Questions?

  • [email protected]

  • 0845 901 0955

  • www.watsonburton.com


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