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coasting schools consultation

We have co-written this guidance with the Association of School and College Leaders. It 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. 


Following the Government’s announcement in June 2015 of its intention to increase intervention powers regarding coasting schools, ministers promised to consult on the coasting schools definition before bringing powers into force. This consultation, Intervening in failing, under performing and coasting schools, was launched on 21 October 2015 (link in Further information at the end of this paper). The consultation goes somewhat wider, however, as it also launches draft guidance covering other intervention powers relating to maintained schools. In addition, the consultation document provides some wider explanation of the Education and Adoption Bill’s provisions and aims.

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Taking the next steps - MATs

Browne Jacobson has once again been delighted to work in partnership with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the National Governors’ Association (NGA) on the revision of a trio of popular guidance papers focusing on ‘Taking the next steps’ when ‘Considering Forming or Joining a Group of Schools’, ‘Joining a Multi-Academy Trust’ or ‘Forming a Multi-Academy Trust’.


Legal updates

Articles of Association Services for Catholic MATs

After several years of negotiation the Department for Education (DfE) has released new precedent Articles of Association for Catholic multi-academy trusts (MATs).


Legal updates

What duties do members of academy trusts have?

In this article, we review what duties they undertake and consider how these are different from what they set out to be.


Legal updates

MAT summary evaluations

The scrutiny of multi-academy trust performance by Ofsted has undergone some 'operational changes'.