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The New Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) - What Do Schools Need to Know?

Tuesday, 04 May 2021

The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 comes into force on 4 May 2021. It will help individuals struggling with debt to take time to take advice on managing their debt.

The New Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) - What Do Schools Need to Know?

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Employment Rates Round-up - What Independent Schools Need to Know

Friday, 23 April 2021

April brings the annual increase to rates and limits such as compensation limits, National Living Wage, and more. We've set out the changes independent schools need to know.

Employment Rates Round-up - What Independent Schools Need to Know

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Has Your School Carried Out an Audit of Staff Accommodation Recently?

Monday, 26 April 2021

On 6 April 2021, HMRC made some changes to the tax rules regarding the availability of tax exemptions for some staff members who live on site (particularly some members of the senior leadership team).

Has Your School Carried Out an Audit of Staff Accommodation Recently?

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Exam Update - Latest Guidance

Monday, 26 April 2021

Since our last blog, the 'JCQ Guidance on the determination of grades for A/AS Levels and GCSEs Summer 2021' has been published, giving some much anticipated detail of how schools will need to approach teacher-assessed grades for AS/A Levels and GCSEs.

Exam Update - Latest Guidance

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How to Protect Your School from Cyber-Attacks

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has recently issued an alert to the education sector regarding the increase in targeted cyber-attacks. Recent sophisticated attacks have already impacted some. How can you protect your school from cyber-attacks?

How to Protect Your School from Cyber-Attacks

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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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Charity Governance Code Refresh - What Schools Need to Know

Friday, 19 March 2021

In December 2020 the Charity Governance Code was refreshed in accordance with its usual three yearly intervals. This year, the Code was refreshed, rather than overhauled.

Charity Governance Code Refresh - What Schools Need to Know

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Consultation on Amendments to KCSIE

Friday, 19 March 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on further changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). The consultation was launched on 10 December 2020 and closed on 4 March 2021.

Consultation on Amendments to KCSIE

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Schools Immigration Update - Dealing with Post-Brexit and Coronavirus Issues

Friday, 19 March 2021

The effects of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic continue to impact independent schools with international staff and students. This article explores some of the immigration issues which schools are currently grappling with.

Schools Immigration Update - Dealing with Post-Brexit and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Issues

Articles & Blogs Data Protection Independent Schools Information Law

Data Protection Following the End of the Brexit Transition Period - Key Issues for Schools

Friday, 19 March 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 Following the End of the Brexit Transition Period - Key Issues for Schools

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Furlough Scheme Extended Until 30 September 2021

Friday, 19 March 2021

The Chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended until 30 September 2021. This gives employers the opportunity to utilise the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for an additional five months, with two notable changes.

Furlough Scheme Extended Until 30 September 2021

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Consultation on New National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools

Friday, 19 March 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) launched the long-awaited consultation on revised National Minimum Standards (NMSB) for boarding schools and residential special schools in England in December 2020.

Consultation on new National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools

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Public Exams Update for Independent Schools

Friday, 19 March 2021

In our last update in January 2021, we reported on the cancellation of GCSE, AS and A-Level exams in the wake of a further period of school closures.

Public Exams Update for Independent Schools

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Does 'Sleeping-In' Count As Working Time?

Friday, 19 March 2021

The question of whether workers should receive the national minimum wage for time they are required to be on site, but asleep, has been a contentious one and has been a real concern for boarding schools and other schools with residential staff.

Does 'Sleeping-In

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TPS and Independent Schools - Phased Withdrawal Is Soon to Be a Reality

Friday, 13 November 2020

Readers will remember, the Department for Education (DfE) published its consultation proposal to amend the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) rules, enabling independent schools in England and Wales to opt out of TPS participation for future teaching staff...

TPS and Independent Schools - Phased Withdrawal Is Soon to Be a Reality