Author: Katie Paxton-Doggett
Published: September 2016 | ISBN: 9781860726828
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How to Run an Academy School is an 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.
The book's practical features include specimen documents, diagrams and summaries and information is broken down into digestible chunks in order to present the key issues in an accessible form for those new to the area.
This new 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. Updated contents also include:
1 What are academies?
2 Governance structures
3 Conversion process
4 Choosing the route to academisation
5 School improvement
6 Funding agreement
7 Memorandum and Articles of Association
8 Statutory registers and Companies House
9 Members, Directors, governors and trustees
10 Board meetings and director decision making
11 Minutes of directors’ meetings
12 Financial management
14 Corporate governance
15 Risk management
17 Information management
Katie Paxton-Doggett is a chartered company secretary and solicitor. She is company secretary and adviser to a number of single academies and multi-academies, and a high profile commentator on academy schools and ‘academisation’.
Comments on the first edition of How to Run an Academy School
'One of this work’s main achievements is to deal comprehensively and effectively with the potential confusion and misunderstanding that can arise around the meaning of, and the different roles of, trustees, directors and members.'
Law Gazette. Read the full review.
“An invaluable resource to help governors navigate the complexities of being an academy.”
Mark Sykes, Partner, BDO LLP
"I loved this book. I have already referred to it in answering questions I was asked about academy structure and governance. The information is presented with clarity and its structure makes it easy for quick reference. It is a must-read for academy governors."
Micon Metcalfe, 5 star review for Academies Week. Read the full review.
"For those clerks who may not have had experience of operating in a company or charity it will become their first port of call for information."
Liz Dawson writing for Governing Matters, the National Governors' Association.