Current status of schools
The Schools Trust and Academies Report (PDF 79.5KB) indicates the current status of schools in Central Bedfordshire, including those which have, or are in the process of conversion to academies.
For academies, the report indicates whether any school has submitted an application to the Department for Education (DfE), the date at which an Academy Order has been granted (the DfE formal consent to proceed to conversion), and the potential date of final conversion to academy status. The final date of conversion is negotiated between schools and the council, and is reliant upon a number of factors. These factors include:
- the complexity of local land issues
- timescales for staff consultation and TUPE
- the availability of our resources in a number of service areas that are required to complete the various legal processes involved in conversion
The report, which is updated on a monthly basis, also includes information of any trust or federation that each school may be engaged in.
The map of our Educational Planning Areas (PDF 422.8KB) will help to identify the location of Central Bedfordshire schools and academies.
Additional information for schools that have converted to academy status, or are considering conversion
There are implications for schools moving to academy status regarding processes, procedures and charges which differ from local authority schools. The FAQs (PDF 111.2KB) include information from admissions, finance, performance team, SEN and school support, school improvement and human resources. This document will be updated as new issues emerge from both the local authority and the Department for Education (DfE).
Also available for schools considering conversion to academy status is a briefing note (PDF 25.2KB) on pension implications for the local government pension scheme. This has been produced by Claire Bennett, Pensions Administration Manager for the Bedfordshire Pension Fund.
Insurance framework for academies
We offer a competitive insurance framework for academy schools, but before making any decisions about who to use the EFA should be consulted for the most up-to-date guidance relating to insurance arrangements.
If you would like further information on the framework insurance, please call us on 0300 300 6200, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you require any additional information on this, or any other aspect of school organisation, please contact email@example.com.