It is important to monitor the actions of the school in response to your campaign in case you decide to take legal action, and most importantly, you should monitor the school’s progress towards Academy conversion. It is important to know whether the school has already applied for Academy conversion. Increasingly schools are making the application before consultation has even begun. See the Academy Consultation page for more on this.
Keep a diary of events and a file of communications
Keep a folder of communications. Ask others to forward you their communications with the school. This will be important if your campaign results in making a legal challenge.
Keep an eye on the school website
Save ‘print-screens’ of anything related to Academy status that the school publishes on the school website. This is subject to change at any time so printscreens are an important way to document the school’s communications online.
Keep a close eye on the school’s progress towards Academy conversion
- Check the DfE’s published list of schools that have applied.
- Make a Freedom of Information request to the DfE if you suspect or know that the school has already applied. Ask for the application form and supporting documents to be released. This will include the Governors meeting minutes in which a resolution to convert was taken.
Making a Freedom of Information request
You may want to make a FOI request to the school, the Local Authority or the DfE. To make a FOI to the school, put your request in writing stating clearly that you are making the request under the Freedom of Information Act. Local Authorities will vary, but making a Freedom of Information request to the DfE is very easy and free of charge;
- Use the web form on the Contact Us page of the DfE’s website to make your query.
- ‘Is this enquiry being made under the Freedom of Information act?’ – Tick the YES option. That’s it – as easy as that.
- More info on making a FOI request here from Channel 4
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