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Parental Contributions - Charging Up a Storm?

Friday, 21 April 2017

In an environment where parental contributions are becoming the 'norm', we re-visit the charging regime and consider whether this is workable for schools in the contexts of government cuts and other financial pressures.

Parental Contributions - Charging Up a Storm?

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Sponsoring Skilled Workers from Outside the EEA - Guidance for Academy Trusts

Friday, 21 April 2017

Schools and other education providers often find that shortages in the UK labour market lead to them looking overseas for experienced teachers and other skilled senior staff.

Sponsoring Skilled Workers from Outside the EEA - Guidance for Academy Trusts

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Term Time Holidays and Unauthorised Absence

Friday, 21 April 2017

On 6 April just as schools, parents and pupils were turning to thoughts of the Easter holidays, the Supreme Court handed down its judgement in one of the most high profile and controversial cases in recent times, with wide ranging effects.

Term Time Holidays and Unauthorised Absence

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Employment Tribunal Fees Are Here To Stay

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

The Government has published its long awaited review on the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees and concluded that, although there are some areas of concern, as a whole the fee system has met its objectives and will not be repealed.

Employment Tribunal Fees Are Here To Stay

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Is Your School Fulfilling its Data Protection Obligation to Provide Privacy Notices?

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Under data protection law schools must be transparent with individuals about the data which is held about them.

Is Your School Fulfilling its Data Protection Obligation to Provide Privacy Notices?

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Overseas Criminal Records Checks Required by Teachers Applying for Tier 2 Visas

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Nursery, primary and secondary school teachers applying for Tier 2 visas outside the UK will need to provide criminal record certificates in support of their applications from 6th April 2017.

Overseas Criminal Records Checks Required by Teachers Applying for Tier 2 Visas

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Public Sector Gender Pay Regulations Published - What do you need to know?

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

The government published the draft Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations), which will introduce gender pay gap reporting in the public sector on 20 January 2017.

Public Sector Gender Pay Regulations Published - What do you need to know?

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New Governance Guidance for Academy Trusts

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

In December 2016, the DfE and the National Schools Commissioner published their awaited 'design principles' for academy trusts in their guidance:

New Governance Guidance for Academy Trusts

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Introducing OnStream for Academies

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Our free portal to help keep your Trust up to date with compliance and legal developments

Introducing OnStream for Academies

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The General Data Protection Regulation and its Effect on Academies

Friday, 13 January 2017

Being data protection compliant is vital, and with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, it is important that academies consider the impact in advance.


Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs Employment Recruitment

Redundancy Consultations - The Importance of Handling Them Correctly

Friday, 13 January 2017

In Thomas v BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Ltd, the EAT has confirmed that a "perfunctory and insensitive" consultation process can impact on the fairness of a redundancy dismissal.


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Clerks to Governing Bodies and Trustee Boards - What's On Your Agenda?

Friday, 13 January 2017

As schools close for the Christmas period, there is no rest for the wicked as they say, or at least not for clerks and company secretaries, whose thoughts will be turning to the first Governors' or Trustees' meeting of the New Year.


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Grant Agreements - the Risk of Clawback

Friday, 13 January 2017

Conversion to academy status or the re-brokering of an academy from trust to trust without consent on a grant agreement, may give the third party organisation the right to claw back the grant funding - even if the grant was made a number of years ago.


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Apprenticeship Funding: Are You Ready for the Changes?

Friday, 13 January 2017

In April 2017, the way apprenticeships are funded in the UK will change significantly with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.


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SEN Information Reports - Are You Compliant?

Friday, 13 January 2017

Academies and maintained schools sometimes ask us for guidance about the information that they are obliged, by law, to publish on their websites. In this article we highlight one of the more commonly overlooked requirements: the SEN Information Report.