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Five steps to a stress-free academy conversion

If your sixth-form college is mulling a switch, these tips will smooth the road ahead

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Ever since former chancellor George Osborne announced that sixth-form colleges could convert to academies, the sector has been a whirlwind of activity. On 1 March, Hereford became the first sixth-form college to complete the conversion process. A month later, Rochdale Sixth Form College became the first to both set up and lead its own multi-academy trust (MAT). In fact, a fifth of colleges in England – including my place of work, Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield – are believed to be in the advanced stages of academisation, with many more poised to follow suit.

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