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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.

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