The Academy agenda is generating a great deal of interest across our diocese. It is crucial that Headteachers and Governors understand the place of Church Schools in this discussion, the choices that can be made and the support that the ODBE can offer.

ODBE materials Other useful documents
Alongside our Academy Conversion Policy there are a number of other documents that we have mentioned in meetings and noted in written information.  In the current discussion the white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere is playing an important part
We have created a Process Document which outlines the various stages involved in conversion and very clearly illustrates the choices and issues you will meet The National Society has negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding with the DfE which contains safeguards for Church Schools joining or forming Multi Academy Trusts
There is also an Academy Conversion Checklist to ensure that if you undertake the process you can map out all the  

The National Society has also produced a report for Rural Schools ‘Working Together’ which has a very useful governor review tool in appendix 2 – even if you lead a town school

You can download some outline presentation slides to help your discussions Model memorandum and articles of association documents can be seen by following this link to the gov.uk pages

If you have any questions please contact your Link Adviser in the first instance.