As more and more schools are seeking (or being encouraged) to become Academies, LCP’s new publication - School to Academy: The Essential Guide to Converting by Andrew Carter OBE - is a timely guide to the conversion process for both primary and secondary schools.
Key features of the guide include:
Whether familiar or completely new to Academies you will find this an indispensable guide to the entire conversion process.
The author, Andrew Carter OBE, is headteacher of South Farnham School, an Outstanding Academy in Surrey. Andrew has successfully steered South Farnham through the Academy conversion process and shares his valuable insights into the do’s and don’ts in this publication.
See what's inside chapter by chapter
What’s inside – Chapter by Chapter
Chapter 1 – What is an Academy? Definition of an academy • the governance system within an academy • sponsored versus converter academies • members versus governors • appointing governors and their roles & responsibilities • articles of association and formal creation of an academy • models of academy groups (chains) • multi academy (MAT) and umbrella trusts and collaborative partnerships • maintained schools versus academy trusts • pros and cons of academies • history of academies from city technology colleges to the modern academy • history of education and the academy timeline.
Chapter 2 – How to Become an Academy? Church schools and academy status • why become an academy • raising standards and impact on surrounding schools • audit of skills and gap analysis • legal advice • choosing a law firm and working relationship • the conversion process & areas to be covered • converters check list and priorities • TUPE, Transfer of Undertakings (protection of employment) Procedure • TUPE consultation, pensions & service issues • naming your academy • admissions – selective or not, appeals, faith schools, coordinated admissions & catchment areas.
Chapter 3 – Finances: Financial aspects for consideration • importance of school business manager & accounting system • opening bank accounts and registering for data protection • Companies House and annual accounts • accountants, audit requirements, budget and cash flow projections and VAT • pension transfer and scheme audit • contingency & business continuity • risk register and insurance • asset valuation • buildings and land-guarantees, agreements, ownership and development plans • policies and procedures • financial conversion checklist.
Chapter 4 – FAQs: 25 key questions about converting to an Academy are answered along with references to recent articles in the press.
Chapter 5 – Useful Contacts: A directory of leading suppliers including accountants • caterers • charitable support foundations • educational suppliers and consultants • educational and IT support businesses • lawyers • trade unions and professional associations • national academy sponsors • regional academy sponsors.
Chapter 6 & 7 – Sponsor Led and Converter Academies in Your Area: Contact details of over 2500 sponsor led and converter academies in the North West • North East • Yorkshire and the Humber • West Midlands • East Midlands • East of England • South West • South East and London.
Chapter 8 – Useful forms and where to find them to undertake the conversion process.