Education Business looks at the key findings from the NFER’s report into the evolving school system across the Regional School Commissioner areas.

Education Business analyses Reform’s Academy chains unlocked report, which recommends reform to the funding and oversight of chains to raise standards across the country.

The government’s U-turn on forced academisation has brought the issue of governance back onto the educational landscape. Sam Henson, head of information at the National Governors’ Association, explains how effective academy governance works.

Tina Allison discusses what schools need to be aware of as they move towards academy transition, and what it means to have responsibility for finances without local authority support.

Academies

Academies are now an established part of the English school landscape. David Simms of the National Foundation for Eductional Research believes that future policy should focus on learning the lessons from the growth of academy schools.

The Educational Funding Agency’s Financial Handbook for Academies, which comes into play in September, focuses on the financial requirements for academies for the upcoming academic year. Mark Filsell reviews the key changes

Academies are now an established part of the English school landscape. But what impact have they had on educational provision and outcomes? David Simms of the National Foundation for Educational Research shares some evidence

A week may be a long time in politics, but the decade and a half in which academies have existed seems to have constituted almost a full career, says Dame Kathryn August, chair of the IAA

Becoming an academy offers real help in tough times. The Independent Academies Association examines some of the questions and issues that school leaders face when considering conversion

The start of the new academic year witnesses an important first for the communications and content industries with the opening of the Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy in Greenwich, which will be the first Academy in the UK to specialise in digital media, preparing generations for the digital age and encouraging them to consider careers in the communications industries.

School leaders met recently at the Education Show to discuss the benefits and challenges involved when schools convert to academy status. We look at some of the areas they covered

The Independent Academies Association (IAA) walks us through the benefits of investing in a well‑thought out marketing strategy and shares some examples of how it can be done

The process of conversion has a significant impact on the business management function within a new academy, and many are bringing in help from outside. But how can those running an academy be sure they are buying services from a safe source, and from companies that have a proven track record of selling into the education market? Tony Richardson, Chair of IAAS, finds out

Andrew Hemmings, Principal, of the Bushey Academy in Watford discusses conversion and the journey the school has embarked upon since starting over

There are some interesting models developing to encourage primary school conversions, including forming primary academy clusters with shared management and forging symbiotic relationships with neighbouring secondary academies. Owen Willcox and Peter Hill from TPP Law reports

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