Last updated on 16 September 2016
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Information, FAQs, action plans and checklists to help you through the conversion process


In this bundle, we bring together a number of resources to help schools that are converting to academy status. These include our in-depth article on the process of converting, and our article with academy conversion checklists.

Click on the links below to find information and practical guidance about converting to academy status.


  • Academy conversion: FAQs 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.
  • Academy conversion process Read our summary of the academy conversion process, including information on preparing to convert, submitting the application form, and setting up an academy trust. Read a case study of one school's conversion journey.
  • Academy conversion: action plans Are there action plans for the academy conversion process? In this article, we refer to action plans and project plans for schools converting to an academy. We also link to guidance from the Department for Education on the timescales for converting to an academy.
  • Academy conversion checklists Is there a list of tasks to carry out during academy conversion? We link to conversion checklists from the DfE, the National College, a union and a diocese, and provide a KeyDoc checklist for school business managers (SBMs). One of our experts explains how conversion differs for sponsored academies.
  • Pros and cons of academy status: multi-academy trusts (MATs) What are the pros and cons of multi-academy trusts (MATs)? This article sets out perceived advantages and disadvantages of MATs. It also refers to research on the growth of academy chains, and looks at what schools have said about joining or forming MATs.

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