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Taking the next steps - MATs

26 June 2019

Browne Jacobson has once again been delighted to work in partnership with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the National Governance Association (NGA) on the revision of a trio of popular guidance papers focusing on ‘Taking the next steps’ when ‘Considering Forming or Joining a Group of Schools’, ‘Joining a Multi-Academy Trust’ or ‘Forming a Multi-Academy Trust’.

Launched in June 2019, the new publications acknowledge key changes that have occurred in the education landscape since the series was first published on 15 September 2015. To acknowledge the evolution of the sector, the documents were first revised in 2016 before they were redrafted this spring in collaboration with ASCL and the NGA.

The series is primarily aimed at senior leaders, trustees and governors of standalone schools (maintained schools or academies), who might be considering the future of their school or academy in a system increasingly comprising of multi-academy trusts (MATs).

The guidance contains information highlighting the different ways schools and academies can form formal partnerships that provide for a group of schools to work collaboratively. It also provides practical guidance in relation to the decision-making and implementation process so that, ultimately, schools can seek to remain in control of their destiny.

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

The Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 guidance includes a number of updates, the most significant of which is the creation of Section Two of Part Five. This introduces the concept of low-level concerns raised about staff, supply staff, volunteers and contractors.


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Covid 19 – changes to arrangements for admission appeals and exclusion reviews

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently published further regulations to amend the operation of admission appeals and exclusion reviews given the ongoing concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic.


Legal updates

be connected newsletter for education - September 2021

In this edition we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the sector.


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Updated guidance on Covid-19 vaccination: 12 to 15 year olds

On 13 September the Department of Health and Social Care announced that young people aged 12 to 15 are to be offered a Covid-19 vaccine. People aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs).