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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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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

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How to Handle Disability Discrimination Claims in Schools

Monday, 08 February 2021

In this article, we set out some practical tips for dealing with disability discrimination claims so that you can act swiftly and effectively should you find your school on the receiving end of a claim.

How to Handle Disability Discrimination Claims in Schools

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Data Protection Considerations Following the End of the Brexit Transition Period

Thursday, 04 February 2021

Data protection law has been in a state of flux over the past few years with the introduction of the GDPR, the new Data Protection Act and the additional uncertainty caused by Brexit.

Data Protection Considerations Following the End of the Brexit Transition Period

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Changes to Admission Appeals Will Apply Until September 2021

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

The Government has confirmed that changes to admission appeals introduced in 2020 in response to COVID-19 will be extended to 30 September 2021.

Changes to Admission Appeals Will Apply Until September 2021

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Governance Update - Do Your Governance Arrangements Align with DfE Policy?

Friday, 11 December 2020

In July we wrote to you about the importance of reviewing your governance arrangements (particularly your Articles of Association) and the need to consider the latest DfE policy and requirements.

Governance Update - Do Your Governance Arrangements Align with DfE Policy?

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How to Acquire Additional Space for Your Academy

Friday, 11 December 2020

Often we find that our academy clients require additional space for various reasons (for example - should existing space be inadequate in terms of its condition or size, or for specific purposes such as central services).

How to Acquire Additional Space for Your Academy

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extension - Furlough Update for Academies and Maintained Schools

Wednesday, 09 December 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) has been extended until 31 March 2021, with a review to take place in January 2021.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extension - Furlough Update for Academies and Maintained Schools