Independent schools are subject to a complex array of legal and regulatory requirements, which impose a mixture of criminal and civil liability on schools and key personnel. The current trend is for the reduction of unnecessary red tape and the replacement of comprehensive guidance, leaving many schools unclear as to their legal obligations. We can guide you through the evolving regulatory challenges that you face and give you the confidence that you are compliant and able to demonstrate best practice.
We provide specialist, pragmatic legal advice on regulatory and compliance issues facing independent schools. This ranges from advice on sector-specific regulation by the DfE, Independent Schools Inspectorate and Ofsted, to wider governance issues involving the Charity Commission, liability issues handled by the Crown Prosecution Service, the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities.
We can also help with crisis management, including representation at interviews, with the conduct of initial investigations and the submission of representations and action plans and in the defence of proceedings (if they follow).
We have developed a Compliance Toolkit for independent schools, harnessing the collective knowledge of our specialist education lawyers to deliver peace of mind to school leaders.
We think ahead for schools and keep them up to date with the latest law and best practice. We also have good working relations with key people at the relevant regulatory bodies to help you stay one step ahead.
We have developed a free compliance portal for independent schools. OnStream provides you with access to up-to-date compliance resources, e-learning, safer recruitment templates and more, in response to insight provided through our 2016 school compliance survey.
To find out more, simply sign up to OnStream.
Under VWV Plus we offer a range of cost-effective solutions to help you resolve and manage your legal needs, manage compliance and implement best practice.
All of our offerings combine software with our legal knowledge and are designed to save you time and resource. Many of our VWV Plus products have been created to streamline processes in the main risk areas such as:
Policy Tracker to enable you to share an unlimited number of key documents or policies with staff, track online that they have been read and automate reminders
SCR+ to enable safer recruitment at your school and help you maintain a compliant online Single Central Register
Review for effective staff appraisals to encourage achievement of objectives aligned to your school’s development plan
VWV's education practice enjoys a stellar reputation in the market as a one-stop shop.