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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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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

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Requests for Information from the Police and Other Agencies

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

You might from time to time receive requests for information from the police. Such requests can be made for a number of reasons, for example…

Requests for Information from the Police and Other Agencies

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 - Draft Guidance Published

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published the draft Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 statutory guidance for use from 1 September 2020.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 - Draft Guidance Published

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Academies FAQs on Serious Incident Reporting During Coronavirus

Monday, 22 June 2020

What do academies need to know about serious incident reporting during the coronavirus pandemic?

Academies FAQs on Serious Incident Reporting During Coronavirus

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

Monday, 22 June 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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Coronavirus and the Payment of Suppliers - Procurement Policy Update

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

The Cabinet Office has issued a new procurement policy note setting out guidance on how the public sector should work with suppliers to move towards long term sustainable public contracts following coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus and the Payment of Suppliers - Procurement Policy Update

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Safeguarding During Coronavirus - Your Duties Towards Pupils in School and Learning Remotely

Tuesday, 02 June 2020

In line with the duties as set out in Keeping Children Safe In Education 2019 (KCSIE), now is a timely reminder that schools must ensure that safeguarding remains at the forefront of everyone's mind in this particularly unusual time.

Safeguarding During Coronavirus - Your Duties Towards Pupils in School and Learning Remotely

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Furlough Update for Academies and Maintained Schools - 2 June 2020

Tuesday, 02 June 2020

We have been working with academies and schools who have accessed the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the private income streams, most notably for before- and after-school clubs or some nursery provision, as most staffing costs are publicly funded.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Furlough Update for Academies and Maintained Schools - 2 June 2020

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Coronavirus - Can a School Require Its Staff or Pupils to Wear Masks?

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

With some schools opening their doors in the coming weeks, many are wondering if they are able to enforce a requirement to use masks to protect staff and pupils alike.

Coronavirus -  Can a School Require Its Staff or Pupils to Wear Masks?