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Academy Trust Handbook

A summary of 2023 Academy Trust Handbook updates and advice on how to make best use of the handbook throughout the year.


The Academy Trust Handbook sets out core governance and financial management obligations, as well as action that may be taken when obligations are not met. It is updated annually by the Department for Education (DfE) and all trusts must comply with the handbook as a condition of their funding agreement.

Those governing and supporting governance also need to refer to the DfE's Academy Trust Governance Guide.

This page covers:

  • What’s new for 2023?
  • What’s in the Academy Trust Handbook?
  • Who should read the Academy Trust Handbook?

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