Somewhat against my better judgement, at the primary school where I chair the governors we are starting the process of looking at what the alternatives are to becoming academy. There is little enthusiasm for this move but as our LA support systems seem to be disappearing and other schools in the area are clearly looking for alternatives too, we are, reluctantly exploring the options.
One option that has been mentioned is Cooperative Trust status as some local schools seem to be going down this route. Despite my best efforts I cannot establish whether or not this is 'acadamization by another name' or whether it really does offer an alternative that will allow for genuine collaboration and cooperation between schools.
I would be grateful for any thoughts from LSN members.