Budget 2016: Academy conversion for schools in England

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Measures announced today by the chancellor in this year's budget include the plan for all maintained schools in England to convert to academy status by 2020 or be committed to converting by 2022.

Expert lawyer, Elizabeth Davis at Blake Morgan comments on these plans:

" The government's announcement that all maintained schools should convert to academy status has been expected for some time and confirms the determination of the present regime to free the state schooling from local authority control. Schools that are not already academies will need to understand the process of conversion and how the governance of their school will change under the new regime. 

"Existing academy trust companies, be they single academies or multi academy structures are likely to see the announcement as an opportunity to build and develop their educational output.  The opportunities that arise may require some restructuring and understanding the options and possibilities that are open to them will be key."

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