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Trust Partnership - the Alternative to Academy Conversion?

Friday, 03 December 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently published guidance for maintained schools and academy trusts seeking to form partnerships.

Trust Partnership - the Alternative to Academy Conversion?

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Telecoms Apparatus - Requests to Survey

Wednesday, 03 November 2021

Our team takes a look into how academies, schools and higher education institutions should deal with a request to survey from telecoms operators.

Telecoms Apparatus - Requests to Survey

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Are You Thinking About Expanding Your Multi Academy Trust?

Friday, 12 November 2021

Following the recent change of Education Secretary and publication of plans by councils, we have seen that there still remains a strong vision towards academisation of schools throughout England.

Are You Thinking About Expanding Your Multi Academy Trust?

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New Law Requires School Food to Be Correctly Labelled With Allergens

Thursday, 07 October 2021

After the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 'Natasha's Law' now requires food for direct sale to be fully labelled with all ingredients and allergens - including food produced and sold within schools.

New Law Requires School Food To Be Correctly Labelled With Allergens

Articles & Blogs Academies & MATs Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Olds

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

The long awaited announcement that the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to 12-15 year olds has finally been made.

Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Olds

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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

Articles & Blogs Academies & MATs Employment

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

Articles & Blogs Academies & MATs Real Estate

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

Articles & Blogs Academies & MATs Data Protection Information Law

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?