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New Governance Guidance for Academy Trusts

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

In December 2016, the DfE and the National Schools Commissioner published their awaited 'design principles' for academy trusts in their guidance:

New Governance Guidance for Academy Trusts

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Introducing OnStream for Academies

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Our free portal to help keep your Trust up to date with compliance and legal developments

Introducing OnStream for Academies

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The General Data Protection Regulation and its Effect on Academies

Friday, 13 January 2017

Being data protection compliant is vital, and with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, it is important that academies consider the impact in advance.


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Redundancy Consultations - The Importance of Handling Them Correctly

Friday, 13 January 2017

In Thomas v BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Ltd, the EAT has confirmed that a "perfunctory and insensitive" consultation process can impact on the fairness of a redundancy dismissal.


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Clerks to Governing Bodies and Trustee Boards - What's On Your Agenda?

Friday, 13 January 2017

As schools close for the Christmas period, there is no rest for the wicked as they say, or at least not for clerks and company secretaries, whose thoughts will be turning to the first Governors' or Trustees' meeting of the New Year.


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Grant Agreements - the Risk of Clawback

Friday, 13 January 2017

Conversion to academy status or the re-brokering of an academy from trust to trust without consent on a grant agreement, may give the third party organisation the right to claw back the grant funding - even if the grant was made a number of years ago.


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Apprenticeship Funding: Are You Ready for the Changes?

Friday, 13 January 2017

In April 2017, the way apprenticeships are funded in the UK will change significantly with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.


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SEN Information Reports - Are You Compliant?

Friday, 13 January 2017

Academies and maintained schools sometimes ask us for guidance about the information that they are obliged, by law, to publish on their websites. In this article we highlight one of the more commonly overlooked requirements: the SEN Information Report.


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Gender Pay Gap Reporting - Are You Ready?

Friday, 04 November 2016

Whilst the final regulations are yet to be published, mandatory gender pay gap reporting for large private and public sector employers is expected to be brought into effect by April 2017.


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Government Guidance: Handling Strike Action in Schools

Friday, 04 November 2016

The government has published new non-statutory guidance which provides practical advice to schools on dealing with strike action and how to keep schools open on strike days


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Subject access requests - disclosing too much information can lead to a fine

Friday, 04 November 2016

The Information Commissioner's Office, or ICO, (the data protection regulator) has recently fined a GP surgery in Hertfordshire £40,000, for disclosing too much


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Consent for land transactions - a reminder

Friday, 04 November 2016

A new edition of the Academies Financial Handbook came into force on 1 September 2016. Whilst the Handbook does not change the rules relating to consent


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Further reform of public sector exit payments - what you need to know

Friday, 04 November 2016

In February 2016, the government commenced consultation on proposals to reform exit payments in the public sector. Its intention to proceed with


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Academisation - Where Are We Now?

Friday, 04 November 2016

In a written ministerial statement published by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, on the 27 October, the Education for All Bill was axed. This moves away


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Your Obligations for Transgender Pupils

Friday, 28 October 2016

Protection from discrimination because of gender reassignment in schools was introduced for pupils in the Equality Act 2010 (the Act).