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Coronavirus Legal Advice for Academies

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Legal Advice for Academies and Maintained Schools

These continue to be challenging times for school leaders, navigating their schools in very difficult circumstances.

Our team of specialist education lawyers provide valuable support to schools and trusts on the legal issues arising out of the coronavirus outbreak. A wide range of FAQs and guidance are freely available below, which answer many questions which schools have been asking. This includes how schools might address concerns from staff about a full school return.

For further guidance for employers, including section 44 and 100 claims, and further advice on COVID-19 employment implications, please see our coronavirus resources on Academies OnStream.

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How Can We Help?

We provide coronavirus legal advice for academies and maintained schools on a range of issues, including:

  • implementing the DfE guidance relating to the operation of the school during this period and its obligations in the community.
    Examples include advice on:

    - admissions appeals
    - safeguarding arrangements
    - managing pre-existing complaints and exclusions
    - school trips and insurance arrangements
  • urgent decision making for boards and governors, delegation of powers and the procedural requirements for virtual meetings

  • staffing matters such as entitlement to pay, the new statutory sick pay provisions, reducing the risk to your staff and furloughing staff (in commercial areas of the organisation)

  • discussions with suppliers and interpretation of the Cabinet Office's Procurement Policy Note 02/20   

As trusted legal advisers to the education sector, our experienced lawyers understand the interplay of education law and best practice and are always on hand to give practical solutions.

Please do get in touch to discuss how we can help you navigate the issues you are facing.

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Coronavirus FAQs and Guidance

Our latest blogs below address the legal issues academies and schools are facing in relation to coronavirus.

We continually monitor this fast-evolving area and update our resources.To have these updates delivered straight into your inbox, sign up to our Academies & Schools Law Brief.



Educational Provision


Staffing Matters


For further guidance for employers including homeworking, section 44 and 100 claims, and further advice on COVID-19 employment implications, please see our coronavirus resources on Academies OnStream.



For further guidance for the Governing Board and Trustees, and decision-making and liabilities, please see our coronavirus resources on Academies OnStream.


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For specialist support on the legal issues arising from coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact Chloe Brunton on 07920 281889 or Yvonne Spencer on 07733 303460, or complete the below form.

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Meet the Team

We provide academies with experienced education lawyers who are always on hand to give practical solutions to problems and the confidence to react positively to opportunities.

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Yvonne Spencer - Partner & Education Lawyer in London - VWV Law Firm
Alice Reeve - Education Employment Lawyer in Bristol - VWV Law Firm
Matthew Wolton -Partner in Bristol

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