Academy Conversion Service

The decision on academy conversion is a significant one for your school. It is important that the right decision is made for the schools, staff and the pupils.  We can help you understand your options and provide experienced support to reduce the complexity of the conversion process.

Initially we will help you sort fact from fiction, make sense of the opportunities and guide you through the options. When you have made a decision and are ready, we will help you deal with the challenges and support you during the process of conversion or with setting up a brand new multi-academy trust (MAT).


Who is this for?

The Best Practice Network Academy Conversion Service is for schools who are looking to start the conversion process or who would like to set up a multi-academy trust (MAT).

What are the benefits?

Much has been written about the proposals outlined in the Government’s White Paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’. Whether you are personally for or against ‘forced’ conversion to academy status, schools and their governing bodies will need to make an assessment about what to do next in the best interest of their schools, pupils and their families and the wider community.

Our conversion service will help guide you through the process and make the transition as painless as possible. We work with key partners who can undertake the day-to-day project management of conversion, provide the legal and HR services and the due diligence work that’s needed to ensure a successful transition to academy or multi-academy status.

How is it delivered?

The service

The offer includes a free* initial meeting to explore the options and outline the process. If you want to proceed with conversion, our standard support package provides six days support - four before conversion, one immediately after conversion and a ‘Health Check’, six months after conversion, to address any remaining issues.

* travel costs apply

Additional support

In addition to our core package, we also offer a number of support options.

Pre-conversion support

Preparation, analysis and presentation of local options for conversion including an analysis of existing MATs looking specifically at alignment of values, ethos and an appraisal of track record.
When founding partners of a new MAT are identified develop a memorandum of understanding which sets out the ways of working, proposed structure, accountabilities and ground rules for resolving issues.
Develop a scheme that operationalises the memorandum of understanding, clearly articulating where action and accountabilities lie.
Co-ordination of work to ensure all risks and issues are identified (finance/buildings and land/staff/IT systems).
Establishing effective procurement processes is a key requirement for an academy trust to ensure they achieve value for money. We can help you run a procurement exercise to identify: a law firm, project management company and due diligence provider. We support as little or as much as is required, from advising on tender specification to running the whole process.
We can be the point of contact with appointed lawyers, project managers, HR specialists and other delivery partners. Translate and help process the requests for information.
Be the point of contact with the DfE to resolve high level issues and day-to-day queries. Translate and help process the requests for information.
A facilitated workshop to stress test working arrangements using different scenarios. For example, procurement problems, headteacher recruitment, staffing issues, funding cutbacks.
Deliver bespoke training to maintained school governors on the main changes to governance arrangements for academies and multi-academy trusts.

Post Conversion Support

Support to help address any remaining conversion issues including support on communications and links to key partners.
Support carried out six months after conversion to include an evaluation of performance against Sir David Carter’s - ‘The Characteristics of Successful Multi Academy Trusts’
Follow up support to address any ongoing issues raised in the above.

What does it cost?

Our services will be delivered with utmost care and attention for a fixed cost of £3,300 (plus travel and VAT). Any additional days support you need will be charged at £500 per day (plus travel and VAT).

All travel is standard class and only charged for journeys over 50 miles.

How to apply

Please contact our School Improvement team

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