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Following the publication of the White Paper, and recent policy announcements, the government has stated its commitment to all schools becoming academies by 2022, with most of them expected to be part of a multi-academy trust.
The course will provide up to date information of the implications of these developments for governors, headteachers and senior leaders in primary, secondary and special schools.
It will look at the differences between academies and maintained schools, the funding arrangements, conversion process and how multi-academy trusts work. It will also explain the governance arrangements of academies, particularly those that are part of multi-academy trusts.

By the end of the course participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The implications of becoming an academy and forming a multi-academy trust
  • What sponsored and converter academies are and how they differ from maintained schools
  • Multi-academy trusts, their structure and how they work
  • How academies and multi-academy trusts are funded and their main ‘freedoms’ especially with regard to admissions, pay and conditions and the curriculum
  • The governance arrangements of academies, including the roles of members, trustees and local governing bodies in multi-academy trusts

Aimed at

Governors, headteachers and senior leaders in primary, secondary and special schools.

Session timetable

Session 1

  • Recent developments in the academies programme and the implications for schools
  • Becoming an academy and forming multi-academy trusts, particularly in view of the White Paper of 2016, the identification of coasting schools and recent policy announcements
  • Sponsored and converter academies – what is the difference?
  • How does an academy differ from a maintained school?
  • Academies, multi-academy trusts and higher standards

Session 2

  • Becoming a single or multi-academy trust
  • What is a multi-academy trust and how does it work?
  • The key issues to consider when forming a multi-academy trust
  • How schools convert and form multi-academy trusts
  • The funding arrangements for academies, and multi-academy trusts, in view of the proposed national funding formula
  • The governance of academies, including the role of members, trustees and local governing bodies in multi-academy trusts
As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date, we reserve the right to update, alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Course feedback



Clearly presented information, good handouts. All questions answered logically and from a comprehensive knowledge.
Andrew is an excellent presenter...clear, focussed, met needs and appropriate to the audience.
Very clear and easy to understand independent advice given.
I now have a much more secure understanding of academies and myths have been debunked.
Clear information given without bias.
Clear presentation and highlighting key parts to provide balanced view of topic.
Depth of information
Very clear presentation on a 'mine field' of a subject area.
Clear and factual
Clear delivery and opportunity to raise questions and have them answered.
A good overview to start thinking about options for the future.
Question answered immediately.
Excellent knowledge.
Up to date information.
Right balance between instruction and discussion.

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