Academisation: no longer optional
The Chancellor has announced
in today's Budget that every primary and secondary school in
England must be, or be in the process of becoming, an academy by
2020 and that legislation to this effect will be brought
forward. This presents schools of all types - those who are
already established academies as well as those who are not - with
some challenges, but also interesting opportunities.
The writing has been on the
wall for some time now, but staying with the local authority is
realistically no longer going to be an option even if both the
school and local authority want it. A great many schools have
thrived under local authority "ownership" and many, especially in
the primary school sector, do not want things to change, but
the Government has mandated otherwise.
In reality, some schools which
might be perceived to have been local authority controlled have not
in practical terms been run by the local authority - it has been
the Head Teacher and the rest of his or her team, with the support
of parents and others in the community. Those schools are
going to be best positioned to make the most of the opportunities
which academisation could bring, including bringing together groups
of schools to form their own locally grown solutions in the form of
local multi-academy trusts ("MATs"). Others might use the
opportunity to join with existing MATs or with providers operating
in other parts of the education sector.
What is clear is that there is
not a one size fits all solution. Education providers are
always at their best when they are free to create their own
solutions, for their students and the communities they
Rollits will shortly be
announcing dates for a series of schools workshops. These will be
offered free of charge on a first come first served basis at our
offices in Hull and in York with guest speakers or, for those who
prefer, we are happy to run the sessions in-school. The aim is to
help school Governors and senior management teams navigate what has
become a much more varied landscape in recent years, and to
understand the full range of options which may be available or
which could be created through innovative thinking.
Rollits' Education Team, the
only such team rated by independent legal directory Legal 500 based
in Yorkshire outside of Leeds, is steeped in the education
sector. We have worked for decades with a wide range of
education providers including all types of schools, single and
multi-academy trusts, nurseries, colleges and universities.
The Team's work is recognised nationally as "accomplished and
active" by Chambers and Partners and every one of its members has a
dedication and passion for the incredible work our education
clients carry out in taking our communities forwards.
If you would like to secure an
invite to a session or have any questions in the meantime please
or contact the Head of the
Education Team Tom Morrison by calling 01482 337310 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on: 16/03/2016
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