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forced academisation and school interventions

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Current education policy carries an expectation that formal intervention powers are used to tackle ‘schools causing concern’. In addition to the well-established intervention measures available to local authorities, such as issuing a warning notice or imposing an interim executive board (IEB), the Secretary of State now has a range of intervention powers and, in certain circumstances, can make an academy order without a governing body’s consent. We know that many schools feel vulnerable in this climate and often receive mixed messages regarding their legal position.

Our expert education lawyers have an established track record of supporting governing bodies with responding to the full range of school intervention measures. We offer clear and strategic advice which aims to enable governors to secure a path to improvement which is right for their school.

what we do...

  • Understanding when you are ‘eligible for intervention’.
  • Understanding your legal position if you are receiving external pressure to become an academy.
  • Challenging Ofsted reports.
  • Responding to a proposal to put in place an IEB.
  • Judicial review of school intervention decisions.
  • Advising on and challenging warning notices issued by the local authority or Regional School Commissioner.

related resources

Guides

Coasting Schools Consultation

This guidance is relevant to senior and system leaders in maintained schools in England and outlines the DfE’s proposed definition of a ‘coasting’ school and details the consultation process.

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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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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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