Do schools still fall under the LA if they federate?
The process of federation is a way for two or more Local Authority schools to work closely together.
Following on from conversation about how academisation differs from federation – Will the higher level post holders still have an awareness of what is going on on the ground?
The proposed structure federation organisation structure is very flat. The proposed federation has few levels of management.
How will resources be shared across the schools, particularly regarding SEN provision?
It is unlikely that the schools would share physical resources, and existing staff would work in their schools as they do now. There would be opportunity for sharing resources such as HR, finance and clerking support which the schools currently purchase from the local authority or external suppliers. It is hoped that the schools will have greater purchasing power to achieve volume discounts on stationery, IT, utilities and other items necessary for the running of both schools. The federation will bring opportunities for high quality training, including around Additional Needs, and chances for the SENCos to work together.
Are there plans for the Federation to expand?
Not currently, but it is possible. If a school wishes to join the Federation at a later stage they must give notice of the proposal to the Governing Body of the Federation. Upon receipt of the notice, the Governing Body of the Federation must consider whether they should give preliminary consent to the school joining the Federation or determine that the school should not join the Federation. If the Governing Body of the Federation gives preliminary consent, it must jointly with the other Governing Body or Bodies publish proposals for Federation for consultation and follow procedures similar to the formation of a new Federation.