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In the ever changing educational landscape, where autonomy and accountability are the central pillars of the government’s programme, it is essential to make sure you are getting the most out of your partnerships. Through working with many individual academies as well as all sizes of academy groups we recognise that you need access to a broad range of services to ensure that you get the support you need no matter what issue you might be facing. Our team includes a broad range of specialists who only focus on providing support to schools and academies.

Whether you are a group of schools or academies looking to explore how best to use one of the multi-academy solutions or an existing or in need of help with admissions our aim is to offer pragmatic, practical advice that will help support the delivery of your vision.

Our experienced team are familiar with the challenges and the many opportunities that you face. Using their extensive experience of developing multi-school structures across localities, they can help you, your staff and governors develop a vision for learning which will engage key stakeholders to formalise your working arrangements.

what we do...

  • Admissions, exclusions, behaviour and pupil welfare.
  • SEN and equalities duties.
  • Safeguarding and managing allegations.
  • Commercial contracts, procurement and trading advice.
  • Governance, funding and school collaborations.
  • Environmental and regulatory issues.
  • HR, employment and pensions issues.
  • Information sharing, data protection and freedom of information.
  • Planning, property and construction matters.
  • Intellectual property and information technology.
  • Academy group structures. 

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Understanding re-brokerage for academies webinar


In this webinar, Hayley and Katie will explore re-brokerage arrangements including the Regional School Commissioners’ legal powers and the circumstances in which an academy may be at risk of being re-brokered, as well as the potential consequences of refusing to consent to such an arrangement.

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Upcoming webinars

Re-brokering academies webinar

In this webinar, Hayley and Katie will explore re-brokerage arrangements including the Regional School Commissioners’ legal powers and the circumstances in which an academy may be at risk of being re-brokered, as well as the potential consequences of refusing to consent to such an arrangement.

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How to implement GDPR in your school - hear from Dai Durbridge and Helena Wootton

Whether your school is an academy, a maintained school or part of a multi-academy trust, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply to you from 25 May 2018.

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Legal updates

Durand Academy v Ofsted: the implications

In July 2017, the High Court heard Durand Academy Trust’s case against Ofsted relating to the 2016 Ofsted inspection of Durand Academy (“the academy”).

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