academies conference - 13 September 2011
Blake Lapthorn and Strictly Education held a half day conference
on the latest legal developments for the process of converting to
academy status and the issues faced post-conversion.
To view the slides, please see below.
The conference was also held in Oxford on Friday 16 September.
||registration with tea and coffee
welcome and introduction
Elizabeth Davis, partner and head of Charities group, Blake
Elizabeth introduced the session and talked about the work
that Blake Lapthorn has done for schools and academies.
||the pros and cons of conversion
Elizabeth described the preparation needed for conversion with
some common pitfalls and case studies.
||Strictly Education - academy conversion, not academy
||Nickolas Morrissey, commercial director of Strictly
Education and Iain Maris, Corporate Head of
Nick and Ian covered some of the key areas
for consideration when making a decision to convert around
HR, property and most
importantly finance, providing practical advice and
||James Hawkeswood, Corporate
partner, Blake Lapthorn
James discussed the
duties and responsibilities of an Academy director.
||planning for post conversion - regulation
||Stephen Murfitt, Professional Regulatory partner, Blake
Stephen has worked with many schools and
colleges as well as the Institute for Learning and the General
Teaching Council. Academy schools will be responsible for
regulatory issues such as discipline food, environment and health
and safety. Stephen focused on disciplinary issues with recent case
||planning for post conversion - employment
||Debbie Sadler, Employment
Debbie, a trained teacher,
described the roles and responsibilities of the employer regarding
issues such as recruitment and re-structuring.
||panel questions and answers
||lunch and close
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