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Issues for schools to consider. David Groves. Secretary of State. Funding Agreement. LA / GB / Diocese. Academy Trust. Land transfer. Transfer Agreement. Memorandum and Articles set GB structure. Academy Governing Body.

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Issues for schools to consider

Issues for schools to consider

David Groves


Issues for schools to consider

Secretary of State

Funding Agreement

LA / GB / Diocese

Academy Trust

Land transfer

Transfer

Agreement

Memorandum and Articles set GB structure

Academy

Governing Body

There are ‘model’ versions of each document on the DfE website – www.education.gov.uk/academies


Differences to community school

Differences to community school

  • Admissions: becomes admissions authority

  • Buildings and land: 125 year lease; capital funding from SoS not LA

  • Curriculum: Not subject to National Curriculum

  • Employment: becomes employer (TUPE applies); ability to set different T&C for new staff

  • Funding: share of LA central spend (LACSEG)

  • Governance: Establish charitable company; determine Member and Governor structure


Voluntary conversion process

Voluntary conversion process

School decisions = whether to

  • Express an Interest

  • Apply

  • Sign Funding Agreement

    (+ Foundation approval if appropriate)

    Issues to consider:

  • When / how / who to consult

  • Costs and support


Policy themes

Policy themes

  • Governance structure (including ‘chains’)

  • Admissions

  • HR / T&C

  • School day / year

  • Partnership / collaboration


Due diligence

Due Diligence

  • Financial appraisal – do the numbers add up? Future vulnerability?

  • Land / capital – “sold as seen”; any complications?

  • Employment – TUPE process; policy / staffing issues

  • Governance transition and liabilities / responsibilities

  • Financial / payroll / ICT structures


Sponsored conversions

Sponsored conversions

Education Bill if eligible for intervention

Sponsor brokerage process unclear

Scope uncertain


Issues from escc perspective

Issues from ESCC perspective

Hazel Cunningham

Fiona Wright


Services offered

Services offered

  • Current SLAs – some evolution required

  • LACSEG SLAs – being developed

  • Some services unaffected by conversions


Viability of la services

Viability of LA Services

  • 2011/12 Government top-sliced Formula Grant. For each Academy the LA will lose a proportion of funding for centrally provided services.

  • Uncertainty regarding number / timing of conversion.

  • Cumulative impact on services LA can offer to maintained schools – critical mass

  • Assumption that could mitigate financial impact if Academies purchase “traded” central services.


School performance accountability

School performance accountability

  • The role of the council as champion of educational excellence for all schools

  • Under performing academy – who identifies; who acts?

  • Building diversity and building networks of challenge and support for all schools

  • Developing relationships:

    - ESCC / schools / academies

    - schools / academies


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