Academy Governance

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We provide practical guidance, knowledge and training to help company secretaries, clerks and leaders in academy schools to meet their legal and highest standards of governance. We also help trusts to develop good practice that goes beyond compliance and contributes to the achievement of educational aims.

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Academy Governance Conference, 5 October

Designed to tackle some of the key governance challenges faced by trust boards. The conference provides case studies and expert insight on the latest in governance best practice, such as MAT leadership, financial oversight and trustee recruitment. It also offers delegates an opportunity to network, share ideas and learn from like-minded peers. 

Certificate in Academy Governance

This unique course has been newly created to help meet the specific needs for effective governance in academy schools. You will learn skills not readily available from other courses in schools management. In particular, the course focuses on the governance needs of multi-academy trusts (MATs), and how solid and consistent governance and standards can be implemented across several schools. 


Certificate in Academy Governance

Designed to support those studying for ICSA’s Certificate in Academy Governance, this study text covers the legal and regulatory frameworks required for academies and explores the governance structures available to them. It includes the roles of responsibilities of boards and committees, with an in-depth look at the roles of clerks and company secretaries.

This guide will help you to identify and manage risks; comply with charity and company law; understand sources of income for academies and explains the proper application and management of funds.

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How to Run an Academy School

How to Run an Academy School is ICSA’s essential guide to the legal and regulatory compliance required of academy trustees, school leaders and company secretaries. The book provides insight on all manner of key issues faced by those in charge of schools, including governance, funding, board meetings and minutes, finance, risk and information management.

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This latest edition, addresses the changing legal and political context for schools, including the Department for Education’s power to force schools in ‘underperforming’ local authorities to convert to academy status. 

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