If your school is an academy or considering becoming one, or part of a multi- academy trust, you can find key information here to support your governing body before, during and after conversion.

  • Academy Trust Handbook – what academy governors need to know - 27th September - 7PM

    The Academy Trust Handbook 2021 replaces the Academies Financial Handbook from 2020; its new title heralds some significant changes to this annual publication. This webinar will outline on the key changes that impact on the work of those involved in academy trust governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2021

  • Understanding your Trust’s Scheme of Delegation (Recorded June 2021)

    This webinar was aimed at those involved in governance in academies and explored the role and function of the Scheme of Delegation. We focused on the principles of delegation and how these should inform the structure of the trust's Scheme of Delegation, and ultimately shape the work of governance at local level.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • The role of Members in academy trusts - Podcast

    This podcast features our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn in conversation on the role and responsibilities of Members in academy trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Understanding Internal Scrutiny Webinar (September 2020)

    The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 strengthened regulations relating to Internal Scrutiny. This webinar explored the role of the trust board in ensuring all elements of compliance are met, including the new requirement for qualified independent assurance to be in place. We focused on what trustees should expect to see in internal scrutiny, the breadth of its remit and how the board should demonstrate compliance and responsiveness to any recommendations coming out of the process. The role of internal scrutiny is to ensure that financial controls and risk management procedures are robust and effective in all trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Academies Financial Handbook 2020 - what governors need to know webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the key changes to the newly published Academies Financial Handbook, which comes into force on 1st September this year. This session is relevant for all those involved in academy governance, including; Members, Trustees, those involved at local academy level in multi-academy trusts, and clerks.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Academies Financial Handbook 2020 published

    Academies Financial Handbook 2020 published

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Academies Financial Update Webinar (Recorded Nov 2019)

    This webinar provides trustees and others involved in governance within academies and free schools, with an update on effective governance of finance within the academy sector in 2019, moving forward into 2020. We will focus on recent updates from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the 2019 Academies Financial Handbook and the recently introduced School Resource Management Self-assessment tool.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2019

  • Related Party Transactions

    The Education & Skills Funding Agency has introduced new statutory requirements on Academy Trusts, on related party transactions from 1st April 2019.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2019

  • New guide to careers in schools for governors

    A new guide to careers in schools for governors has been published in January 2019

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2019

  • New –What Academies must publish online

    The DfE have updated their guidance on what Academies must publish online

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2018

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Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected by the loss of learning

The Department of Education (DfE) has published research findings examining the extent of learning amongst all students in England, during the Autumn and Spring terms of the current academic year. The research was conducted by The Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance Learning, for the DfE and follows interim findings from earlier research, published in February this year.