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Take out an annual membership to The Key for Schools Leaders or The Key for School Governors and receive two months’ free membership. With 14 months for the price of 12, join the 150 free schools already making use of The Key. Free schools that join both The Key for School Leaders and The Key for School Governors are eligible for an additional 15% discount.
Guide
This document outlines 21 key questions that the board members of all multi academy trusts should be able to answer.
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This is to enable governing bodies to ensure they have sufficient expertise to carry out their core duties effectively.
Guide
The Department for Education’s handbook for governors, headteachers and governing body clerks in both maintained schools and academies (including UTCs, free schools and studio schools).
Guide
A step by step guide to writing your policies, including all statutory policies, as well as others recommended by the Department for Education.
Guide
A guide to multi-academy trust (MAT) governance, containing an outline of the key benefits of being a MAT, an overview of key legislation, and a description of the skills and attributes that governors need to be effective.
Checklist
This checklist outlines the key steps that must be taken when converting into an academy, as well the usual time frame for completing each stage. It also includes information about what documentation you will need throughout the process.
Guide
An overview of the various models that schools can use to collaborate with each other, along with comments on the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
Guide
This resources explains the key information that the DfE expect to see in any free school education brief, and the importance of this document in the pre-opening stage and beyond.
Presentation
This presentation provides an overview of the key issues that you need to consider when developing a chain of schools, focusing on decisions around scale, variance and level of central control.