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Must governing board vote on whether conversion to academy should go to consultation stage?

Discussion in 'Governors' started by newgovernor07, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. newgovernor07

    newgovernor07 New commenter

    Hello! Please can anyone confirm whether a governing board should vote to go to consultation with stakeholders over academy status? E.g whether this is just good, obvious practice or actually legally required? thank you! :)
  2. revstevew

    revstevew New commenter

    Is this conversion by choice, or due to being a "failing" school?
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  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    It's a statutory requirement - I'm surprised that your DFE project lead - if you've got that far - or whoever is advising you hasn't told you this. This is the DfE guidance

    Statutory consultation
    Your governing body must consult formally about your school’s plans to convert to an academy with anyone who they think will have an interest in your school changing its status. This will include staff members and parents, but you should also involve pupils and the wider local community.

    The law doesn’t specify how long the consultation should last, but it is important that you can show that interested groups, individuals and organisations have had a reasonable opportunity to respond.

    You must complete the formal consultation process before you sign your academy funding agreement, so we suggest you begin the consultation now to allow time for everyone with an interest to respond.
    DFE procedures do their best make consultation ineffective though. They suggest it happens so late in the process that it's really too late to change the conversion plans. DfE suggest it's not done until after the formal academy order has been issued. Far too late IMV. Much better practice - if you genuinely want to take account of what stakeholders think - is to do the consultation before you make formal application.

    As revsteve hints at, the "consultation" is a box-ticking formality if you are being forcibly converted so in that case it probably doesn't matter when you do it.
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