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'People with Significant Control' - Guidance for Academy Trusts

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

With effect from 6 April 2016, all companies, including charitable companies, are required to maintain a register of 'People with Significant Control' (or PSCs).


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Free Early Years Education - threat or opportunity for schools?

Thursday, 17 March 2016

One of the Conservative party election pledges was to extend the free early education entitlement for three and four year olds from 15 to 30 hours per week for working parents.


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Directing Off-Site Education - Getting it Right

Thursday, 17 March 2016

A recent High Court decision provides a timely reminder to Principals and Governors to provide thorough information to parents and continually review the arrangements for off-site provision.


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Children Missing Education - When You Must Report

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Further changes to schools' safeguarding arrangements are on the horizon.


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All Fun and Games… Unless You Try to Sell Your Playing Fields

Thursday, 17 March 2016

On 20 January 2016, the Local Area Referendum (Disposal of School Playing Fields) Bill 2015-16 was published.


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Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

On 11 December 2015 a revised version of the guidance 'Supporting pupils with medical conditions' was published, updating the earlier version from September 2014.


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Keeping Children Safe in Education: The Revised Draft Guidance

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Three days before Christmas, the DfE published a consultation on revisions to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).


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Sexting and the Internet

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Schools should be aware that for the first time, the High Court recently awarded financial compensation for sexting involving a senior member of staff and a pupil.


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Understanding the Revised Governance Handbook

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The revised Governance Handbook (the New Handbook), was published by the Department for Education (DfE) on 26 November 2015.


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Thinking of starting, joining or expanding a MAT?

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Those readers who have recently seen presentations by the Schools Commissioner Frank Green, will know that the current political focus is firmly placed on school collaboration, and the expansion of the multi academy trust (MAT) model.


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Sexting - a Best Practice Approach to Managing Incidents Involving Pupils

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Sexting, it seems, is almost becoming a norm amongst our teenagers, which raises serious safeguarding consequences for those involved and for the schools which have to deal with such incidents.


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Data Protection Update - UK Regulator Publishes its Response to the European Court of Justice's Ruling on Safe Harbour

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

In October, the European Court of Justice found that Safe Harbour, the route used by many organisations to lawfully transfer personal data to the USA, was invalid.


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Does a teacher have a legal obligation to report an allegation of sexual assault made against him while employed elsewhere?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Not necessarily, if there is no express or implied contractual obligation to do so, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the surprising decision of Basildon Academies v Amadi.


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Holiday Pay - Lessons Learnt from Recent Cases

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Recently, we have seen an influx of cases relating to holiday pay in the courts. We set out below two cases which may be of particular interest to schools.