From 5 July 2012, the Department is offering a new grant of £25,000 to assist primary schools that decide to convert to academy status in stronger forms of academy chains (i.e. the multi-academy trust (MAT) and umbrella trust (UT) models).
The Department has seen that strong chains of three or more academies can help drive up standards and provide opportunities for increased collaborative working among schools. Forming a strong partnership provides an opportunity for schools to review and reinvigorate their governance arrangements, to make sure they are driving improvements in standards and maximising the benefits of working together.
We want to see other primary schools realising these and the other benefits of strong primary academies chains, including:
This grant will provide the required resource with which primary schools can begin to build and formalise their partnership, enabling them to go on and achieve more quickly their shared vision of improved results, better outcomes and significantly improved standards.
For example, this grant can be used to increase the chain’s expertise or its capacity to manage the conversion into a MAT or UT by employing a part time business manager to see them through the conversion and beyond, or instructing lawyers to carry out any additional work required to form their preferred type of MAT/UT.
In order to claim the grant the schools must meet the following conditions:
The grant will be offered until 30 June 2013.
Interested schools should contact the Department via the email address on this page to discuss their options with an experienced project officer.