The Diocesan Board of Education has been working with its church schools since 2010 as they explore and make the transition to academy status. We’ve also set up our multi-academy trust, The Good Shepherd Trust, with a mission to offer transformational education so that all young people in its schools can experience success.
The White Paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ in March 2016 sets out the Government’s policy that all schools should either have converted to academy status, or be in the process of conversion, by 2020. A new Memorandum of Understanding between the Church of England and the DfE ensures that the religious character and ethos of church schools will be protected on conversion and that academies will remain part of the diocesan family of schools.
The DBE will publish further guidance about academy conversion shortly. You may find the following resources helpful at this stage:
‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ March 2016
‘Forming or joining a group of schools: staying in control of your
school’s destiny’ October 2015 ACSL/Browne Jacobson/NGA
The Department for Education
The DfE's Academies website provides background information, regular updates about the progress of the programme, details about the conversion process and standard documentation for schools undertaking conversion.
The diocese has produced a useful analysis of the positives and negatives of becoming an academy:
Document for Schools considering Academy Status