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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

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GDPR - What Next?

Thursday, 21 June 2018

So the deadline of 25 May has been and gone - and all our inboxes are clogged up with privacy notices from every organisation we have ever done business with. What now?

Data Protection Law

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Pupil References - Tips and Guidance

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

We are seeing a rise in the number of complaints and claims arising from pupil references. Do schools have to provide references? What does your school risk if you get it wrong? We share some guidance to deal with these.

Providing Reference Letters

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Governor Benefits - A Broader and More Stringently Regulated Issue?

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The voluntary principle that charity trustees - usually the governors in a charitable independent school setting - fulfil their roles without payment, is a deep part of sector culture.

Charity Law

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Discrimination Arising from Disability - a Warning for Employers

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Discrimination - does an employer need to know that misconduct was disability related to unlawfully discriminate?

Discrimination Arising from Disability - a Warning for Employers

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Grenfell Report - Knock-On Implications for Boarding Schools?

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Dame Judith Hackitt has published her final report into the review of building regulations and fire safety, including a number of recommendations for schools.

Grenfell Report - Knock-On Implications for Boarding Schools

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Unauthorised Encampments on School Land

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has recently published a consultation about powers for dealing with unauthorised encampments on land.

Unauthorised Encampments on School Land - Have Your Say