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Guide

Virtual AGMs

This guidance has been prepared to support academy trusts (Trusts) who want to hold a fully virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) or a hybrid AGM, as we know that Trusts may want to be prepared for future disruption as well as having a general interest in holding more meetings virtually.

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Press release

6 September 2022 Leading education lawyers play major role as DfE announces 10,000th academy conversion

The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that the conversion of Donisthorpe Primary School in Leicestershire on 1st September marked the 10,000th academy conversion.

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Legal update

31 May 2022 Local authority academy conversion powers

A question we often get asked by schools is “can I be forced to become an academy?” The answer to that question to date has centred around whether a school is eligible for intervention and, primarily, its Ofsted’s grade.

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Legal update

31 May 2022 Implementing school system reform – next steps

Following its publication of the White Paper at the end of March, the Department for Education (DfE) has shared an implementation framework focusing on its plans for “a stronger and fairer school system”.

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Legal update

24 May 2022 Academy Intervention Powers

Part 1 of the Schools Bill introduces statutory rights designed to ensure that the Secretary of State has efficient oversight and is equipped to address “instances of failure” in academy trusts.

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Published articles

14 December 2021 Families of Schools –Where are we with the DfE Messaging?

In the intervening years we have seen the actual number of schools converting to academy status over the past few years has gone up and down in a succession of waves.

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Guide

MAT mergers - a guide for academy trust leaders and trustees

A joint guidance paper written in collaboration between Browne Jacobson and the National Governance Association (NGA) on academy mergers within the education sector has been released today.

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Legal update

17 September 2021 be connected newsletter for education - September 2021

In this edition we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the sector.

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Legal update

10 September 2021 Successful challenge to Secretary of State’s refusal to revoke directive academy order

Our client, Yew Tree Primary School, challenged the Secretary of State for Education’s (SSE) decision not to revoke a directive Academy Order.

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Legal update

7 July 2021 A policy in the sun

As we approach the end of a particularly turbulent academic year, finding the time, energy and buy-in to review school policies may seem less likely than finding a holiday cottage in Cornwall for mid-August.

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