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Tier 4 Sponsors and Students - New Sponsor Guidance

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Recent changes announced by the government to Tier 4 sponsor guidance have mainly affected the Tier 4 (General) Student category.


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Act Now to Get Your House in Order - HMRC Consult on Staff Accommodation

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The arrangements relating to staff accommodation have been a hot topic over the last few years for schools since the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) was asked by the coalition government to advise on simplifying the tax system for employee benefits.


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Keeping Children Safe in Education - All You Need to Know about the Revised Guidance

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

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


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Sleeping on the Job - an Update for On-Call Night Workers

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an on-call night worker who lived at his work place was not entitled to National Minimum Wage throughout the night when he was asleep.


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Uniform Problems - Is your school affected?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Competition and Markets Authority ('CMA') has written an open letter to head teachers, governing bodies and suppliers about school uniform costs and value for money.


Articles & Blogs Energy & Utilities Independent Schools

Is it too late to plug into solar power?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Since the introduction of the government's subsidy programme for the small-scale installation of solar panels, schools up and down the country have taken advantage of the opportunity to lock into cheap and predictably priced electricity.


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

Thursday, 12 November 2015

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


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Public Benefit - Updated Guidance

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance 'Charging for services: illustrative examples of benefits for the poor', which describes how trustees of fee-charging educational charities can ensure they run their charities for the public benefit.


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Pupil Welfare After Stanbridge Earls

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Events leading to the closure of Stanbridge Earls School in 2013 continue to generate regulatory scrutiny and review.


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Who's that trip-trapping over my school's reputation?

Monday, 12 October 2015

Having a pop at independent schools seems to be very much in vogue for the mainstream media at present. Combined with the ease with which any member of the public can now post comments in


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Safeguarding, Governance and the Charity Commission

Thursday, 10 September 2015

On 18 August, the Charity Commission published a statement of the results of an inquiry into the governance of safeguarding matters at St Paul's School. Its findings and recommendations make essential reading for all independent schools.


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Prevent Duty - What You Need to Know

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Independent schools have long known that 'safeguarding' means more than child protection.


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Abuse Allegations - Goddard Inquiry

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Dealing with abuse allegations is fast becoming one of the biggest issues facing independent schools. Such allegations can result in reputational damage, claims for compensation and often takes up significant management time and resources.

Abuse Allegations - Goddard Inquiry

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Can you carry over holiday pay when off sick?

Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that, in order to carry over unused statutory holiday in to the next leave year, workers on sick leave are not required to prove they were unable to take holiday due to their medical condition ...


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Holiday Pay - Should voluntary overtime be included?

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Yes, provided it amounts to 'normal remuneration', held the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal (the Court of Appeal) in Patterson v Castlereagh Borough Council.