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Academies. Turner & Townsend March 2012. Type One or Sponsored Academies. Set up by Labour Now over 250 They replace a failing school Normally in the poorest, most deprived areas Have a sponsor e.g. C of E, ARK, Oasis, E-act, AET etc Originally they put in £2 million but nothing now

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academies

Academies

Turner & Townsend March 2012

type one or sponsored academies
Type One or Sponsored Academies
  • Set up by Labour
  • Now over 250
  • They replace a failing school
  • Normally in the poorest, most deprived areas
  • Have a sponsor e.g. C of E, ARK, Oasis, E-act, AET etc
  • Originally they put in £2 million but nothing now
  • Usually involved a rebuild of the school
  • Now a refurb is the preferred option or maybe nothing structural
  • Normally a secondary school although some were 3 to 18
  • Unions did not like them
  • Totally separate from the Local Authority
  • Some still being commissioned by the Coalition
type two or convertor academies
Type Two or Convertor Academies
  • Set up by the Coalition Government
  • They also have a Trust – a charitable company limited by guarantee responsible for the oversight of the Academy with control over the school’s land and other assets with 125 year lease
  • The trust can be formed from the current Governing body but articles bar usually more than two with LA links e.g. employment
  • They have rights and responsibilities outside of the Local Authority and greater flexibility with funding
  • First ones to be invited were the ‘Outstanding Schools’ in September 2010
  • From November 2010 ‘Good schools with outstanding features’ could apply
  • From January 2011 all schools including special schools and PRU’s can apply
  • Schools that are not outstanding or good with outstanding features can also apply providing they work in partnership with a high-performing school that will help drive improvement.
  • There is even some ‘wriggle room’ on this via demonstrating improvement on a case by case basis
academies as of now
Academies as of now
  • 22000 schools in England
  • 3000 Secondary's
  • 17000 Primary schools
  • 1580 Academies opened in England (Feb)
  • 1194 convertor Academies (Jan)
  • 335 sponsored Academies (Jan)
  • Majority are in the secondary Sector but Primaries starting to follow
  • 45 per cent of all maintained secondary schools are either open or in the pipeline to become academies.
  • One in 10 outstanding primaries has applied to convert to an academy.
  • All Schools can become Academies including;
        • Special schools
        • Nurseries
        • Pupil Referral Units
why consider becoming an academy
Why Consider becoming an Academy?
  • Autonomy
  • Priorities are not those of the LA
  • Personalised curriculum
  • Innovation without interference
  • Ability to move quickly on decisions
  • Better choice and value for money in procurement
  • Avoid underfunding and the redirection of resources
  • To avoid compliance with unnecessary or irrelevant LA initiatives
  • A direct link to the DfE
  • Saving money
  • Extra teachers and support staff
  • Reduce class sizes
what are the advantages
What are the Advantages
  • Transfer of land and buildings to the Academy Trust – normally 125 year lease
  • Seven year funding formula agreement
  • Surplus balances can be held
  • No VAT implications for VA schools
  • No 10% VA Capital Contribution
  • Additional funds are the allocation of central funding that normally goes to LA’s
  • £25K set up costs provided by the DFE
  • Setting pay and conditions for staff
  • No requirement to follow the National Curriculum
  • You can change the length of the school day and the School Terms
  • Complete freedom from the LA
  • Jump before you are pushed
what are the disadvantages
What are the Disadvantages?
  • Loss of support from the LA with resultant costs of sourcing elsewhere
  • Union opposition
  • Admin procedures and costs prior to opening
  • Time – particularly finance
  • Responsibility for redundancy payments and maternity and sick pay
  • If a local government pension fund is managing a deficit then this transfers from the LA to the academy.
  • No more than a £100,000 deficit
  • You have to sign up in principle to supporting other schools to raise achievement
  • Hidden costs can occur e.g. LA puts up prices/Capita charge to change licence for SIMS etc
where does the church of england stand on academies
Where does the Church of England stand on Academies?
  • They remain neutral
  • They are happy to support Type Two, Convertor Academies
  • They have become sponsors to Type one Academies
  • They will support their schools whatever you decide
  • Coventry Diocese already has an Academy
  • One primary is going through at the moment
  • Two primary schools are looking at sponsored academy status
  • Four Primary schools have asked me to visit
where next
Where next?
  • Discuss at a Governor’s meeting
  • Form a small working party
  • Phone Carly at the Diocese if you want me to come and talk to the head and/ or your Governing Body