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What is a federation?

A federation is where two or more maintained schools come together under one governing body.

The schools’ individual governing bodies are disbanded and a new single over-arching governing body is formed. A federation is sometimes referred to as a hard federation.

This becomes the accountable body for all the schools and sets the strategic direction for the group.

From September 2017 to March 2018, we worked in Formal Collaboration before creating the federation in April 2018. Formal Collaboration is a less formal arrangement in which the governing bodies remain separate but establish a joint executive committee. There are just over 1000 schools are part of a federation in England.

Federation details on the DfE’s “Get Information About Schools” website.