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New Tier 4 Guidance - What Changes Does Your School Need to Be Aware of?

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

In August 2019, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) updated the guidance for Tier 4 sponsors and the guidance aimed at migrants applying for Tier 4 visas (the Tier 4 Migrant Guidance).

New Tier 4 Guidance

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Teachers' Pension Scheme - What Now?

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Many independent schools we are working with are exploring alternative options to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS).

Teachers' Pension Scheme

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Serious Incident Reporting Has Changed - Are You Up-to-Date?

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Over the Summer, the Charity Commission radically changed the process for reporting serious incidents, which means your own processes and procedures will have to change.

Serious Incident Reporting

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Court of Appeal Determines How to Calculate Holiday for 'Term Time' or 'Part Year Only' Workers

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

In a case which has far reaching implications, the Court of Appeal, in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel, considered how to calculate holiday entitlement and holiday pay for permanent staff who only work for part of a year.

Court of Appeal Determines How to Calculate Holiday for 'Term Time' or 'Part Year Only' Workers

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Should Your Visiting Music Teachers Be Considered Workers?

Monday, 24 June 2019

A singing teacher sought to bring a number of claims against the school where she provided music lessons. It was necessary to determine her employment status to decide which of her claims could proceed to a full hearing.

Should Your Visiting Music Teachers Be Considered Workers?

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Alternative Collection Locations - Is Your School Ready for a Tier 4 Audit?

Monday, 24 June 2019

Since 2015, schools and other education providers can register as Alternative Collection Locations (ACL) to receive the biometric residence permits (BRPs) issued to their Tier 4 sponsored students following successful visa applications overseas.

Immigration Law

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Charities and Their Relationships with Non-Charitable Organisations - New Guidance

Monday, 24 June 2019

The Charity Commission has published new guidance on how trustees should manage and review relationships between their charity and connected non-charities. For independent schools this includes any trading subsidiary.

Guidance for Charities

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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