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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

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

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


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

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

  • Governance structure (including ‘chains’)

  • Admissions

  • HR / T&C

  • School day / year

  • Partnership / collaboration


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

Education Bill if eligible for intervention

Sponsor brokerage process unclear

Scope uncertain


Issues from ESCC perspective

Hazel Cunningham

Fiona Wright


Services offered

  • Current SLAs – some evolution required

  • LACSEG SLAs – being developed

  • Some services unaffected by conversions


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

  • 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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