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  • 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.
  • 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 joining an existing MAT: guidance Is there guidance for an academy joining an existing multi-academy trust (MAT)? We link to another of our articles and guidance from a law firm setting out the main steps. We also relay advice from one of our associate experts and include a KeyDoc with a checklist for school business managers.
  • Converting to an academy Information, FAQs, action plans and checklists to help you through the conversion process
  • Due diligence: schools joining an existing MAT Do you have a list of questions for a school joining a MAT? This article includes a KeyDoc for schools to use to carry out due diligence on a multi-academy trust (MAT) they might join. We also look at other issues to consider when joining a MAT.
  • Forming a multi-academy trust (MAT) How can schools form a multi-academy trust (MAT)? This article looks at forming a MAT as a standalone academy and at converting to academy status as a group of schools. It also contains advice from one of our experts on issues for schools to consider before creating a MAT.
  • How to avoid the common pitfalls of academy conversion Learn from our experts' experiences of supporting schools through conversion to steer clear of some of the frequent problems schools face.
  • Joining an existing multi-academy trust (MAT) How can a school join a multi-academy trust (MAT)? This article sets out how a maintained school can convert to join an existing MAT, and how a single academy can join a MAT. We also look at who determines the funding arrangements, and link to an article on carrying out due diligence.
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