Academy Conversion

How academies can help shape the provision of new schools

We are in the midst of a housing crisis. So, it makes sense that we are in a school places crisis as well - more houses necessarily means a need for more school places. Homes England continues to announce much-needed plans, for example 3,000 in Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire and 1,300 in Ripon in Yorkshire.

That’s a lot of new school places. Joining up the dots to ensure that all of the relevant people and organisations are working well together to tackle the crises is no mean feat!

Academisation option reopened for sixth-form colleges

The Department for Education (“DfE”) has officially reopened the option for sixth-form colleges (“SFCs”) to convert to academy status. To date, 23 SFCs have taken the opportunity to convert to become 16 to 19 academies as part of the area review process. The window to do so closed in March 2019 but, in response to demand, academisation is once again on the table. This development follows rigorous campaigning by the Sixth Form Colleges Association, and is regarded as a welcome development in the sector.

Reviewing your academy’s complaints procedure

With policy reviews often taking place over the summer, we send out a reminder of what is required in an academy’s complaints policy, and some tips to effectively handle parental complaints.

The requirements

Academies and independent schools are required by law (The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014) to draw up and implement a complaints procedure. It must be:  

Getting it right as an Academy Clerk or Company Secretary - Birmingham - 10.10.2019

Are you an academy trust or establishing an academy trust?

Are you clear what the role of Company Secretary involves?

Our regular training events are designed to provide you with a comprehensive guide to the role of Company Secretary to an academy trust and include the following:

  • The legal framework for an academy trust - encompassing a practical guide to an academy trust’s articles of association and relevant parts of company law
  • The role and responsibilities of a Company Secretary to an academy trust
  • The relationship between the Company Secretary and Clerk roles
  • How to convene and support member and board meetings
  • Decision-making in meetings and by written resolution
  • Keeping the right paperwork – e.g. company registers and filing at Companies House
  • The rules concerning persons with significant control.
Date & Location

Thursday 10 October

Stone King LLP,
Colmore Gate,
2-6 Colmore Row,
Birmingham,
B3 2QD

Timings

1:45pm:    Registration
2:00pm:    Start
5:00pm:    Finish

Speakers

Jessica Thomas | Hannah Sterry

Fee

£95 per person. 

​Discounted to £75 for Confederation of School Trusts (CST) Members and ISBL Members and free for Stone King Retainer Clients. Please contact us for your discount code.

 

£95.00
Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

Getting it right as an Academy Clerk or Company Secretary - London - 27.11.2019

Are you an academy trust or establishing an academy trust?

Are you clear what the role of Company Secretary involves?

Our regular training events are designed to provide you with a comprehensive guide to the role of Company Secretary to an academy trust and include the following:

  • The legal framework for an academy trust - encompassing a practical guide to an academy trust’s articles of association and relevant parts of company law
  • The role and responsibilities of a Company Secretary to an academy trust
  • The relationship between the Company Secretary and Clerk roles
  • How to convene and support member and board meetings
  • Decision-making in meetings and by written resolution
  • Keeping the right paperwork e.g. company registers and filing at Companies House
  • The rules concerning persons with significant control.
Date & Location

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Stone King LLP,
Boundary House,
91 Charterhouse Street,
London,
EC1M 6HR

Timings

1:45pm:    Registration
2:00pm:    Start
5:00pm:    Finish

Fee

£95 per person. 

​Discounted to £75 for Confederation of School Trusts (CST) Members and ISBL Members and free for Stone King Retainer Clients. Please contact us for your discount code.

 

£95.00
Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

Over a Barrel? Remember to read your T&Cs!

One of the most frequent queries we receive relates to contractual disputes. Like all businesses, Academy Trusts regularly enter into contractual relationships with suppliers for a range of reasons – from IT to catering to sports. The terms and conditions which form part of the agreements between these parties are often taken as read, but Academy Trusts should be aware of some of the pitfalls so that they are not bound by unfavourable terms.

Limits on Granting Indemnities for Academy Trusts

To ensure staff and pupils have access to the latest opportunities and resources, academy trusts must frequently enter into contracts with third parties. Recent years have seen a growing trend for inclusion of financially unlimited indemnities within contracts. While granting indemnities is a commercial reality of entering into contracts, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (“ESFA”) has taken steps to regulate the extent of indemnities that may be granted.

Stone King delighted to host latest MAT 2020 Forum

The insightful event was chaired by Dominic Herrington, Interim National Schools Commissioner, alongside Mike Pettifer, Director, Academies and Maintained Schools Group.

It was also attended by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System.

The biannual meetings bring together Chief Executives and senior leaders of leading Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) to share experience and knowledge, as well as being a forum for considering best practice.

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