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How to Run an Academy School, 2nd edition

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:

  • discussion of the benefits of academy status, balanced by an examination of risks and case studies featuring both good practice examples and those illustrating pitfalls and failures;
  • a new chapter on the conversion process including practical and legal issues such as TUPE and stakeholder management;
  • a new chapter considering the various routes to ‘academisation’ including partnership and multi-academy trusts (MATs);
  • a new chapter on MATs and due diligence both for schools and existing MATs;
  • a greater emphasis on corporate governance, including the role of company secretaries;
  • greater consideration of the primary sector and the different cultural and organisational context in which primary schools operate.

Contents

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
13 Accounts
14 Corporate governance
15 Risk management
16 Policies
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’.

Reviews

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.

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