Due Diligence and Risk Management

Guidance at a Glance

This guidance is for senior leaders, trustees and governors of local authority-maintained schools, single academy trusts and multi-academy trusts (MATs), school business leaders and managers, chief finance officers, and chief operating officers.

The guidance is designed to guide school leaders in making the best long-term decision for their school through a process of due diligence and risk management, with options and ideas for different approaches and levels of due diligence depending on the organisations’ requirements, their appetite for risk and the local context. It also reflects on the best way to communicate the outcomes of this process to stakeholders.

Due diligence is a process which should be carried out before any formal decisions are made.

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