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forming or joining a group of schools: staying in control of your school’s destiny

Browne Jacobson has again been delighted to work in partnership with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the National Governors’ Association (NGA) on the development of the updated guidance papers ‘Staying in Control of your School’s Destiny: considering forming or joining a group of schools’ (Revised October 2016), ‘Staying in Control of your School’s Destiny: joining a multi-academy trust’ (Revised November 2016) and ‘Staying on Control of your School’s Destiny: Forming a multi-academy trust’ (Revised December 2016).

The original guidance was launched on 15 September 2015 at a reception at the House of Commons hosted by Neil Carmichael MP, chair of the Education Select Committee and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership and attended by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools Lord Nash. The reception was sponsored by Browne Jacobson.

The guidance is aimed at senior leaders and governors of standalone schools (maintained schools or academies), as they consider the future of their school in a system increasingly comprising of academies in multi-academy trusts (MATs).

It contains information highlighting the different ways schools can form formal partnerships that provide for a group of schools to be accountable to one governing board. It also provides practical guidance in relation to the decision-making and implementation process so that, ultimately, schools can seek to remain in control of their destiny. An increasing body of evidence shows that strong collaboration combined with joint accountability can lead to better progress and attainment for pupils and help schools meet rising expectations.

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Glossary of commonly used phrases for members of academy trusts and trustees of academy boards

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