Preparing for Academisation

for Headteachers and Senior Staff

The recent government announcement that all schools must become academies by 2020 makes it vital for schools to be fully informed about the conversion process.


Octavo is proud to offer impartial advice to school leaders from Stephen Smith, an experienced, independent, project manager. Stephen will give you an overview of the process of converting which will allow you to keep your focus on the school improvement process.


We will be running two sessions on 26th May which will enlighten delegates of the process of becoming an academy, the decisions you will need to make and the actions you will need to manage.

Morning Session

Thursday, May 26th, 9am-12pm

The Principals Room, Croydon College, College Road, Croydon, CR9 1DX

Cost: £105/£95* (*discounted rate for CHTA members)

Afternoon Session

Thursday, May 26th, 1-4pm

The Principals Room, Croydon College, College Road, Croydon, CR9 1DX

Cost: £105/£95* (*discounted rate for CHTA members)

These sessions will also cover...

  • the TUPE consultation process that deals with the transfer of the staff
  • the responsibilities and accountabilities associated with being an academy
  • how the company will be established and how it will run and operate
  • the relationship between the members and directors of the Academy Trust Company (the Company that will need to be formed for the conversion to take place) and how these will be enshrined in the Memorandum and Articles of Association;
  • the Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State and its implications;
  • the land transfer arrangements and agreements and, where appropriate, the 125 year lease;
  • how the transfer of the school’s assets are dealt with in the Commercial Transfer Agreement;
  • the practical arrangements for the conversion, including financial management.


We are also running a separate course specifically for Governors and what they need to know. Interested? More details can be found here.

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