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31 July 2020 Members of academy trusts have fiduciary duties

We are increasingly asked are there any limits on how members can exercise their powers.

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25 July 2019 Welcome news for sixth form colleges looking to academise

The Government has accepted calls from sixth form colleges to reopen the option to become academies.

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2 April 2019 New financial rules for church Academy Trusts come into force

For some time the Academies Financial Handbook has restricted Academy Trusts in how much they could pay for goods or services purchased from a 'related party' i.e. a person or organisation closely linked to the Academy Trust.

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11 June 2018 Roundtable – a more nuanced approach to school improvement?

The DfE’s approach to school improvement since the Academy Act 2010 came into force has been very intervention heavy – first with a significant increase in academy sponsorship, followed more recently by the rebrokering or transferring of academies between trusts.

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1 March 2017 Local authorities to directly support academies?

A Commons Education Committee report, released yesterday, has called for the government to enable local authorities to form their own multi-academy trusts (MATs) and sponsor academies.

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6 October 2016 Remember, remember the stakeholder member…

In examining what effective accountability looks like, Browne Jacobson’s report on the future of our school system (published this week) has highlighted the importance of local communities.

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4 October 2016 A tale of two regulators

At a recent roundtable hosted by Browne Jacobson attended by key education sector stakeholders there was a real feeling that the regulatory system schools face “is not joined up at the moment”.

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3 October 2016 A single regulator for education?

There are strong arguments that a single regulator will help ensure effective accountability and regulation in education.

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12 September 2016 Controversy about ‘mixed MATs’

The British Humanist Association has accused the DfE of enabling faith groups to exert undue influence on non-faith schools due to their permissive approach to mixed MATs.

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2 September 2016 Multi academy trusts come under increasing scrutiny

With now over half of academies members of multi academy trusts (MATs), MATs are coming under increasing scrutiny by educationalists and the media to demonstrate the government’s claims that MATs offer the most sustainable, accountable and efficient way to deliver school-to-school support.

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