60 sixth form colleges register interest in becoming academies.

‘Around 60 of the country’s 93 SFCs have taken this first step, according to James Kewin, deputy chief executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association.

Registering an interest with the Education and Skills Funding Agencies is the first stage in the process of converting to an academy.

The chancellor George Osborne announced in November that SFCs would be able to convert to academy status which would allow them to no longer have to pay VAT.

Guidance published by the Department for Education in February said that academisation would only be available to SFCs as part of the area review process.

Applications for academisation would be judged “alongside other recommendations arising from the review”, the guidance said.

SFCs have the option to convert either as a standalone academy (SAT), or as a MAT – either by joining an existing MAT or setting up a new one.’ – FE Week


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