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Making significant changes to an existing academy : departmental advice for academy trusts, January 2014

Department for Education
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Making Changes to an existing academy Making significant changes to an existing academy Departmental advice for academy trusts January 2014 2 Contents Part 1 – Summary 3 About this departmental advice 3 Expiry or review date 3 Who is this advice for? 3 Key points 3 Part 2 – The changes 5 Fast track changes 5 Other significant changes 6 Part 3 – Further Information 9 Admissions-related changes 10 Faith-related changes 10 Part 4 – Next steps 12 Who should be consulted over the proposed change and how? 12 What are the steps to making a significant change? 13 What should the business case include? 13 Is funding available for making a significant change? 14 Where can academies get more information? 14 3 Part 1 – Summary About this departmental advice This advice document aims to assist academy trusts to understand what they need to do before making a significant change to their existing arrangements. It sets out the steps that an academy trust would need to follow to enable that change, including which changes will be fast tracked and which require a formal business case. The guidance also outlines the key components of the business case. Expiry or review date This advice document will be kept under review and updated as necessary. Who is this advice for? This advice is for academy trusts considering a change to their academy. Key points  Academy trusts wishing to make a change to their existing arrangements must first consider whether the change is significant enough that it will require approval from the Secretary of State. The academy trust should exercise its own judgement in deciding whether the change is significant. The EFA can provide advice at [email protected] Examples of significant changes are set out later in this document.  If the change is significant, the academy trust must submit a business ca

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