Christine Bayliss Education Consultancy Services
Email: christine@cbecs.co.uk
Call: 07904 953 255

The decision on academy conversion is a significant one for your school.  It is important that the right decision is made for the school's staff and the pupils. We can help you understand your options and provide experienced support to reduce the complexity of the conversion process. 

Initially we can help you sort fact from fiction, make sense of the opportunities and guide you through the options. When you have made a decision and are ready, we are able to help you deal with the challenges and support you during the process of conversion or setting up a brand new Multi Academy Trust (MAT).

We work with key partners who can provide the legal and HR services and the due diligence work that’s needed to ensure a successful transition to academy or multi-academy status.

The service offer

The offer includes a free initial meeting (free except for travel costs for journeys over 65 miles) to explore the options, unpick fact from fiction and outline the process. If you want to proceed, the standard package is for six days consultancy support – four before conversion, one immediately after conversion and one six months after conversion to iron out any remaining issues. Prices are competitive and available on application. 

All travel is standard class and only charged for journeys over 65 miles.

Pre-conversion support - ‘pick and mix’ according to context:

Exploring the local landscape
Ppreparation, analysis and presentation of local options for conversion including an analysis of existing MATs looking specifically at alignment of values, ethos and an appraisal of track record. Minimum 1 day.

Establishing the ground rules
When founding partners of a new MAT are identified, we will develop and facilitate a memorandum of understanding which sets out the ways of working, proposed structure, accountabilities and ground rules for resolving issues.
Minimum 1.5 days.

Establishing a scheme of delegation
Develop a scheme that operationalises the memorandum of understanding clearly articulating where action and accountabilities lie. Minimum 1.5 days.

‘Due diligence’
Co-ordination of work to ensure all risks and issues are identified (finance/buildings and land/staff/IT systems). Minimum 2 days.

Procurement support
Establishing effective procurement processes is a key requirement for an academy trust to ensure they achieve value for money. We can help you run a procurement exercise to identify a law firm and due diligence provider. We support as little or as much as is required, from advising on tender specification to running the whole process. Minimum 0.5 days depending on level of support required.

Supervision and co-ordination of delivery partners
We can be the point of contact with appointed lawyers, HR specialists and other delivery partners.  We will translate and help process the requests for information. As required - minimum of 1 day.

Link to Department for Education
Be the point of contact with the DfE to resolve high level issues and day-to-day queries. We will translate and help process the requests for information. As required – minimum 1 day.

Stress testing for larger MATs
A facilitated workshop to stress test working arrangements using different scenarios. For example, procurement problems, headteacher recruitment process, staffing issues, funding cutbacks. 1.5 days to prepare and deliver.

Governor training
Deliver bespoke training to maintained school governors on the main changes to governance arrangements for academies and multi-academy trust. One day to prepare and deliver.

Post Conversion Support

Teething problems
Minimum of one day of support to help address any remaining conversion issues including support on communications and links to key partners.

Health check
Minimum of one day of support carried out six months after conversion to include an evaluation of performance against Sir David Carter’s  ‘The Characteristics of Successful Multi Academy Trusts’.

General support
Follow up and support of any issue raised in the above.

Conversion is a bit like a game of snakes and ladders – what C:BECS can do is help you avoid the snakes and make good use of the ladders! Call us for a discussion about next steps and setting up an initial meeting.