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Last updated on 30 March 2017
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This article addresses a number of frequently asked questions about academy conversion, including which schools can convert and whether schools can change their mind about converting. It also answers questions on multi-academy trusts and what happens if a school has a budget deficit or surplus.

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  1. Which schools can convert to an academy?
  2. Can we change our mind about converting to an academy after consulting?
  3. If we change our mind and decide to join a MAT, do we need to consult again?
  4. How can we convert to a co-operative MAT?
  5. Does an academy joining a MAT keep its company registration number?
  6. Does a VC school need to gain consent from its trust?
  7. Will Ofsted downgrade a school for not converting?
  8. How can we estimate our budget until our conversion date?
  9. What if my school has a budget deficit?
  10. What if my school has a budget surplus?
  11. Can we bring forward the academy conversion date?
  12. What happens to a federation when schools convert?
  13. What are the implications of academisation on nursery provision?

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