Despite all the bad publicity about forced academisation there are some valid reasons to do it. Governors used to have the option ( we decided not to democratically ) but if the option becomes a forced issue we need to find and utilise as many pros as we can find. My fag packet list currently runs as follows: Pros: 1. Economies of scale: Buying shared resources, better leverage over purchase prices. 2. Flexible use of staff ( less reliance on agency ) shared use of experts / very senior leaders 3. More potential for promotion for staff within chain / Mat may help retention. 4. More/ better / cheaper internal training. 5. Scope to develop money raising business ideas to reduce dependency on state funding / drive up standards / innovate. Any more Pros to bring to the party ?