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How to Protect Your School Against Data Breaches and Fines

Monday, 24 June 2019

Bupa and Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) have been fined by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for data protection failures. How best can you avoid similar data breaches?

How to Protect Your School Against Data Breaches and Fines

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The GDPR - 1 Year on, What Are the Key Lessons for Schools?

Monday, 24 June 2019

What are the key data protection issues that schools have been facing since the new data protection regime came into force in May 2018?

Data Protection Law

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Money Laundering - How Can Schools Mitigate the Risk?

Monday, 24 June 2019

The minister for security and economic crime, Ben Wallace MP, announced plans to crack down on money laundering, identifying independent schools as a soft target for criminals.

Mitigating money laundering risk in schools

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Teachers' Pensions - 5 Things Schools Should Consider Now

Monday, 24 June 2019

As we approach the end of the academic year, the imminent increase in employer contributions to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS), will undoubtedly remain an agenda item for many schools.

Teachers' Pension Scheme

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STOP PRESS - Government Responds to Teachers' Pensions Consultation

Friday, 12 April 2019

On 10 April 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) published its response to the consultation on proposed increases in employer contributions to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS).

Teachers' Pensions Consultation

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Funding Increases to Teachers' Pensions Employer Contributions - Consultation

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

On 15 January 2019, the government published the above consultation paper with its stated aim of ensuring "all affected sectors have an opportunity to share views on the impact these changes will bring."

Funding Increases to Teachers' Pensions Employer Contributions

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Teachers' Pensions - The Challenge Ahead

Monday, 03 December 2018

Schools will have heard the news regarding the proposed changes to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS). With effect from September 2019, employer pension contributions are set to rise from 16.4% to 23.6%.

Teachers' Pensions - The Challenge Ahead

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How to Recognise and Effectively Address Whistleblowing Complaints

Monday, 03 December 2018

Schools are seeing an increasing number of concerns raised with them by whistleblowers. It is important for schools to provide effective protection for whistleblowers for a number of reasons.

How to Recognise and Effectively Address Whistleblowing Complaints

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Teachers' Pensions - An Uncontrollable Cost or Are There Other Options for Schools?

Thursday, 04 October 2018

The Teachers' Pension Scheme announcement that employer pension contributions will rise from 16.4% to 23.6% from September 2019 has caused widespread concern throughout the sector.

Teachers' Pensions Schemes - An Uncontrollable Cost or Are There Other Options for Schools?

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Bank Borrowing and Security for Independent Schools: Key Points for Planning a Successful Outcome

Thursday, 04 October 2018

This article summarises some of the principal legal and planning issues that Governors and School Bursars will need to consider when putting bank finance in place to fund projects. As ever, forward planning is key.

Bank Borrowing and Security for Independent Schools: Key Points for Planning a Successful Outcome

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Bunsen Burner Risk Requiring Immediate Action

Thursday, 04 October 2018

Schools have been advised by the Government to dispose of potentially hazardous Bunsen burner gauze mats used in their science labs.

Bunsen Burner Risk Requiring Immediate Action

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Exclusion of ASD Pupils Breaches Their Human Rights

Thursday, 04 October 2018

The Upper Tier Tribunal has recently delivered an important judgement in the context of pupil exclusions, which is likely to lead to a change in law and practice for all schools in England and Wales.

Exclusion of ASD Pupils Breaches Their Human Rights

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KCSIE 2018 - What's New?

Thursday, 04 October 2018

Following on from the latest revision to KCSIE 2018, we have set out all the main changes from the draft published in May. This guidance applies to all schools from 3 September 2018.

KCSIE 2018 - What's New?

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STOP PRESS - DfE Publishes Revised Statutory Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Related Guidance

Monday, 09 July 2018

On 4 July the DfE issued the final version of Working Together to Safeguard Children (Working Together 2018) which applies to all organisations with functions relating to children across England from 29 June 2018.

STOP PRESS - DfE Publishes Revised Statutory Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Related Guidance

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Gender Separation and Discrimination in Mixed Schools - New Guidance Published

Friday, 29 June 2018

The new DfE non-statutory guidance, 'Gender Separation in Mixed Schools', was published on 28 June. Its purpose is to support mixed schools...

Gender Separation and Discrimination in Mixed Schools