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.

  • Understanding your Trust’s Scheme of Delegation - 7th June - 12 noon

    This webinar is aimed at those involved in governance in academies and will explore the role and function of the Scheme of Delegation. We will focus 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

  • Changes to Risk Protection Arrangements for 2018

    The Risk Protection Arrangement is an alternative to insurance for Academy Trusts. Under the scheme, the government covers losses which would otherwise be claimed through insurance providers

    : September 2018

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DfE update school website requirements

On 12th February 2021, the Department for Education updated What maintained schools must publish online and the academy version; What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online. Both publications have been updated to reflect the statutory requirements relating to remote learning.