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Update on the Admission of Summer-Born Children

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Currently, parents can choose to defer taking up an offered and accepted place in Reception Year until their child reaches compulsory school age (CSA).

Update on the Admission of Summer-Born Children

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Coronavirus - DfE Guidance on the Management of School Premises

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Academies and schools have been open for pupils of all age groups since the start of the autumn term.

Coronavirus - DfE Guidance on the Management of School Premises

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Coronavirus - Supporting You with Your Subject Access Requests and Data Protection Compliance

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

We have recently launched a number of new services to help schools and academy trusts manage their everyday data protection issues during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Coronavirus - Supporting you with your Subject Access Requests and Data Protection Compliance

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Protecting Staff Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Whilst schools continue their remarkable efforts to ensure that the educational provision for their pupils continues, we know many are also focussing on the impact on their staff.

Protecting Staff Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Coronavirus - What Serious Incidents Should Academies Be Reporting to the ESFA?

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Academy trusts should be aware of their duty under their funding agreements to comply with Charity Commission guidance on the reporting of serious incidents to the ESFA.

Coronavirus - What Serious Incidents Should Academies Be Reporting to the ESFA?

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Examination Results in 2020 - What Next?

Thursday, 24 September 2020

The Government's u-turn on the standardisation of centre assessed grades (CAGs) for this year's A-level and GCSE grading has marked a shift of emphasis to those who are unhappy with their grades based on their CAGs or awarded result, if higher.

Examination Results in 2020 - What Next?

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Impact of Coronavirus on Selection/Banding Tests and Faith Criteria in Admission Arrangements

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has inevitably impacted children's preparedness to sit selection tests, and restricted parents' ability to attend regular worship to the extent required to meet faith schools' admission arrangements.

Impact of Coronavirus on Selection/Banding Tests and Faith Criteria in Admission Arrangements

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Is It Time to Update Your Funding Agreement Documentation?

Thursday, 24 September 2020

We have recently been supporting several academy trusts in updating their funding agreement documentation to the latest DfE model.

Is It Time to Update Your Funding Agreement Documentation?

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Unfair Dismissal - The Importance of Procedural Fairness

Thursday, 24 September 2020

It is regrettable that from time to time within the academies and maintained schools sector, an employee may commit a criminal offence which leads to their removal from post.

Unfair Dismissal - The Importance of Procedural Fairness

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Public Exams 2020 - Top Tips for Schools Navigating Exam Results

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

With the impending release of the A level and GCSE public exam results, we reflect on some of the practical steps that academies and schools (referred to collectively here as 'schools') may need to take over the coming days and weeks.

Public Exams 2020 - Top Tips for Schools Navigating Exam Results

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Coronavirus - Academy Funding FAQs

Monday, 27 July 2020

Find answers to your most common questions regarding funding for your academy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Coronavirus - Academy Funding FAQs

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DfE Update on the Admission of Summer-Born Children

Thursday, 09 July 2020

Currently, parents can choose to defer taking up an offered and accepted place in Reception Year until their child reaches compulsory school age (CSA).

DfE Update on the Admission of Summer-Born Children

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Changes to the School Admissions Code - Consultation Now Open

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

On 26 June 2020, the DfE launched a consultation seeking views on a revised version of the School Admissions Code (Code). The consultation will end on 16 October 2020.

Changes to the School Admissions Code - Consultation Now Open

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Academies Financial Handbook 2020 - Are You Complying with the New Obligations?

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

A new Academies Financial Handbook (the Handbook) was published late last month and takes effect on 1 September. Readers will be pleased to know that this year's Handbook sticks to the 2019 structure and so will be familiar.

Academies Financial Handbook 2020 - Are You Complying with the New Obligations?

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Academies - Reviewing Your Governance Documentation

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

As chairs of trustees, principals/CEOs and clerks start finalising their timetable of meetings for the next academic year, this is often a sensible time to ensure that the trust's governance arrangements are working effectively...

Academies - Reviewing Your Governance Documentation