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making significant changes to an existing academy

4 September 2013

The DfE has published revised guidance on the steps academies need to take when making a 'significant change'. What amounts to a significant change is set out in the guidance, and includes, joining or forming a MAT, significant changes to admissions arrangements, changes to age ranges, and expansion of the academy site. Any such change requires the Secretary of State's consent and submission of a business case to the EFA. When submitting a business case, the academy will also be required to confirm that they have undertaken consultation with relevant stakeholders on the proposed change. The suggested period of consultation has been reduced from 8 weeks to 4 weeks.

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