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KCSIE 2021 Comes into Effect on 1 September

Friday, 13 August 2021

The widespread acknowledgment that many have suffered abuse without reporting it, has resulted in a new mantra from this year's edition, which can be simply summarised as 'see something, say something'.

KCSIE 2021 Comes into Effect on 1 September

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Academy Trust Handbook 2021 - Are You Ready for the New Edition?

Monday, 12 July 2021

A new Academy Trust Handbook (the Handbook) was recently published and takes effect on 1 September 2021. The Handbook, formerly known as the Academies Financial Handbook, has been rebranded to reflect the wider range of areas covered.

Academy Trust Handbook 2021 - Are You Ready for the New Edition?

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Updated DfE Model Articles of Association for Academy Trusts - So What Has Changed?

Monday, 12 July 2021

The DfE published new model Articles of Association on 30 June 2021. The model itself includes a helpful list of the areas which have been updated. We consider some of the key changes and what the implications might be for your academy trust.

Updated DfE Model Articles of Association for Academy Trusts - So What Has Changed?

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Commentary on Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Academies & Schools

Monday, 12 July 2021

In April, the DfE asked Ofsted to carry out a rapid review into sexual abuse in schools. This was in response to the publication of thousands of testimonies of sexual harassment and violence in schools on the Everyone's Invited website.

Commentary on Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Academies & Schools

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Exit Payments - Publication of Special Severance Payment (SSP) Guidance

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

HM Treasury has issued new guidance on 'Public Sector Exit Payments use of Special Severance Payments' by public sector employers. The guidance replaces the legislation around public sector exit payments.

Exit Payments - Publication of Special Severance Payment (SSP) Guidance

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New School Admissions Code Effective 1 September 2021

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

As you will no doubt be aware, the DfE consulted on various changes to the School Admissions Code towards the end of 2020.

New School Admissions Code Effective 1 September 2021

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Failure to Provide a Safe Working Environment Breached Employment Contract

Friday, 14 May 2021

The EAT has confirmed in the case of Flatman v Essex County Council that a tribunal had erred by failing to consider whether a fundamental breach of contract by an employer had occurred prior to the point of an employee's resignation.

Failure to Provide a Safe Working Environment Breached Employment Contract

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Everyone's Invited & An Update on Pupil Safeguarding

Friday, 09 April 2021

The publication of thousands (14,268 on 8 April) of testimonies of sexual harassment and violence on Everyone's Invited has brought safeguarding in schools into sharp focus.

Everyone's Invited & An Update on Pupil Safeguarding

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The Latest Guidance on School Land Transactions

Wednesday, 07 April 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) recently published revised guidance for school land transactions, intended for anyone with a freehold or leasehold interest in land used (or previously used) for the purposes of a school.

The Latest Guidance on School Land Transactions

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Help! Our School Has Received a Subject Access Request - What Should We Do?

Thursday, 01 April 2021

Requesting personal information, or making a subject access request (SAR), has become a popular mechanism for pupils, parents and staff to find out exactly what information a school holds about them. Here's what you need to do when you receive one.

Help! Our School Has Received a Subject Access Request - What Should We Do?

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Public Examination Grades in 2021 - Latest Update

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

On 24 February 2021, Gavin Williamson announced the key decisions which have been taken following the Ofqual consultation over alternative arrangements for determining public examination grades in the summer of 2021.

Public Examination Grades in 2021 - Latest Update

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Public Sector Exit Pay Cap - What Does it Mean for Schools and Academies?

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

The Government first intended to introduce a cap on public sector exit payments in 2015. However, nothing came into effect until November 2020 when the Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) came into force.

Public Sector Exit Pay Cap - What Does it Mean for Schools and Academies?

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Are You Thinking of Terminating a Contract Early?

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

Due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the uncertainty created for the supply of services to schools, we have recently been working with a number of schools and academy trusts on termination clauses within their contracts.

Are You Thinking of Terminating a Contract Early?

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How to Conclude a Consultation and Determine Your Admission Arrangements for September 2022

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

All admission authorities must formally determine the admission arrangements for all of their schools for the 2022 intake by 28 February 2021.

How to Conclude a Consultation and Determine Your Admission Arrangements for September 2022

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Academies Funding - Updated DfE Model Funding Agreement Documentation

Monday, 08 February 2021

In September 2020, we wrote to you explaining the reasons why and the circumstances in which you might consider updating your Funding Agreement documentation to the Department for Education's (the DfE) latest model.

Academies Funding - Updated DfE Model Funding Agreement Documentation