Setting up or changing the status of a school

Converting to an academy. Opening a free or studio school, university or independent school. Set up a multi-academy trust (MAT).


  1. Setting up a free school

    Set up a free school - find out what you need to do and how to increase your chance of success

  2. Model articles of association for academy trusts

    Template documents with standard articles of association for different types of academy trust.

  3. Independent school registration (England and Wales)

    You must register with the Department for Education or Welsh government if you run an independent school offering full time education

  4. Academy and free school funding agreement: single academy trust

    Model funding agreement for single academy trusts establishing new academies and free schools.

  5. Academy and free school funding agreement: multi-academy trust

    Model funding agreement for multi-academy trusts establishing new academies and free schools.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Academies: making significant changes or closure by agreement
  2. School organisation: local-authority-maintained schools
  3. Multi-academy trusts: establishing and developing your trust
  4. Convert to an academy: guide for schools
  5. Schools causing concern
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News and communications

  1. Skills boost for the North as maths school to open in Liverpool
  2. Interim National Schools Commissioner appointed
  3. Lord Agnew: By working together we can achieve so much more
  4. Horton-in-Ribblesdale Church of England Primary School
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Research and statistics

  1. Academy sponsor profiles
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Schools that work for everyone
  2. The Academy Conversions (Transfer of School Surpluses) Regulations 2013
  3. 2010 to 2015 government policy: academies and free schools
  4. Academy invests in technology to transform teaching and learning
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Free schools and UTCs: successful applications
  2. East Midlands and the Humber headteacher board
  3. Lancashire and west Yorkshire headteacher board
  4. New school proposals
  5. North of England headteacher board
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