This post contains links to advice and resources for schools that have become or are just about to be an academy. What support is available, what are the things to watch out for, sources of advice? There is also a link to the NCSL AAPP for aspiring Academy Principals.
- Still considering seeking Academy status? Views on the pros and cons ….
- Academies Financial Handbook (w/e September 2012)
- Read David Wolfe’s excellent blog (a can of worms) for legal information on academies.
- DfE Documents for Academies, including CRB checks, insurance, Local Government Pensions Scheme (and more)
- Research into the leadership of sponsored and converting Academies by the National College
- Report published April 2011 Changing School Autonomy: Academy Schools and their Introduction to England’s Education by Stephen Machin and James Vernoit (Centre for Economics & Education)
- FASNA – Foundation, Aided Schools and Academies National Association home page
- FASNA – New to Academy? page
- SSAT – Specialist Schools and Academies Trust
- National College for School Leadership Associate Academy Principal Programme (AAPP) gives aspirant academy principals the skills and confidence to take on the role of principal. The programme comprises face-to-face development days, a placement within an academy and mentoring from an experienced principal.
Who can apply? You must have experience in senior leadership and aspire to become an academy principal in the next 12–24 months.
What’s involved? Six two-day face-to-face development sessions, a placement at a local academy, tailored to suit your context and situation, and the support of an experienced principal through mentoring.
Duration The programme is run annually from September to the following July. Session dates for the current and upcoming cohort are now available.
Cost Face-to-face development sessions and mentor support are fully subsidised by the National College, although you will be required to cover your own travel costs.
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