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Considering Acquiring Another Academy?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

By carrying out thorough due diligence on the property and the operation of any potential new academy...

Considering Acquiring Another Academy?

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Update on Gender Pay Reporting

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Department for Education (DfE) became the first government department to comply with its obligation to publish data on the gender and bonus pay gap.

Update on Gender Pay Reporting

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Can Boys and Girls Be Segregated at School?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

It is clear that strict segregation of pupils is no longer acceptable...

Can Boys and Girls Be Segregated at School?

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Reminder to Report Serious Incidents as New Charity Commission Guidance is Published

Friday, 13 October 2017

Academy Trusts should be aware of their duty under their funding agreements to comply with charity law and Charity Commission guidance.

Reminder to Report Serious Incidents as New Charity Commission Guidance is Published

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Does Your Academy Trust Prevent Staff and Governors from Using Their Personal Email Addresses?

Friday, 13 October 2017

This is a data protection issue which is not often appreciated by academy trusts.

Does Your Academy Trust Prevent Staff and Governors from Using Their Personal Email Addresses?

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Transitions Between Year 12 and 13 - Are Your Practices Lawful?

Friday, 13 October 2017

You may be aware of the recent news articles about a group of parents who brought judicial review proceedings against a school that did not permit pupils to continue into Year 13 when their academic performance failed to meet the required standard.

Transitions Between Year 12 and 13 - Are Your Practices Lawful?

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Five Key Risks Around GDPR Compliance

Friday, 13 October 2017

Following the volume of news and commentary surrounding the impending introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, it should come as no surprise that the pressure is now on academy trusts to ensure they are prepared in time.

Five Key Risks Around GDPR Compliance

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Are You Complying with the New Academies Financial Handbook?

Friday, 13 October 2017

In the new academies financial handbook, which applies from 1 September 2017, Lord Nash emphasises the importance of boards reviewing and refreshing their skills and knowledge, particularly if their trust is in transition.

Are You Complying with the New Academies Financial Handbook?

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Data Protection Concerns for Academies

Thursday, 22 June 2017

We have been advising academies recently on some of the data protection related issues which you may find helpful for your school.

Data Protection Concerns for Academies

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Dealing with the Immediate Aftermath of a Terrorist Incident

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The experiences of the pupils from St John's & St Francis Church School in Bridgwater, who were on a trip to the Houses of Parliament during the Westminster attack, and the more recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London...

Dealing with the Immediate Aftermath of a Terrorist Incident

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs Employment Independent Schools

Gross Negligence - Can Employees Be Disciplined for Failing to Act?

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Schools will always have considered taking disciplinary action against staff where an employee has failed to report safeguarding concerns or has failed to highlight any circumstance that may pose a risk or an increased risk to children.

Gross Negligence - Can Employees Be Disciplined for Failing to Act?

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Careers Guidance - Inspiration and Aspiration

Thursday, 22 June 2017

This guidance seeks to outline why schools must secure independent careers guidance, what is required to comply with the legal responsibilities and the role of the governing body and Head Teacher in shaping the guidance and support offered by the school.

Careers Guidance - Inspiration and Aspiration

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Assessing Risk for Pupil Welfare - Are You Doing Enough?

Thursday, 22 June 2017

We provide a helpful reminder and overview, of the need for academies to comply with Part 3 of the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 ('ISSRs').

Assessing Risk for Pupil Welfare - Are You Doing Enough?

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The Land Aspects of Academy Conversions for Church Schools

Friday, 21 April 2017

Voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools (Church Schools) are schools run or supported by the applicable local Diocese.

The Land Aspects of Academy Conversions for Church Schools

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A Change in the Landscape - The Trade Union Act 2016

Friday, 21 April 2017

A number of the key provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 came into force on 1 March 2017. Not surprisingly the passage of the Act through parliament was controversial and it was subject to a number of amendments before reaching its final form.

 A Change in the Landscape - The Trade Union Act 2016