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A Guide to the Schools Bill 2022

24 May 2022

The Schools Bill is one of the most significant pieces of legislation the education sector has seen in recent years. Whilst in some respects it is a natural and necessary regulatory evolution of where the sector finds itself today, the resulting legal reform will be impactful. In broad terms, the Bill covers the regulation of academies, funding, attendance, the regulation of independent institutions and teacher misconduct. Below, we have published a series of briefings which we hope will help you understand what the Bill will mean for your school or trust.

Please note that this commentary is on the form of the Bill as introduced in May 2022. Amendments are anticipated as the Bill progresses through Parliament.

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Hair discrimination – stop pupils being unfairly singled-out for their appearance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHCR) has issued new, non-statutory guidance regarding the wearing of natural or protective hairstyles, specifically in reference to their representation in uniform, behaviour or standalone appearance policies. This guidance has been designed to complement and enhance the guidance already given on school uniform and Equality Act 2010.


Legal updates

School complaint management - exploring a new way forward

There’s greater opportunity than ever for parents, carers and guardians to voice any concerns they have relating to their child’s education and for their concerns to be heard and to be taken seriously.



The role of benchmarking in setting pay in schools

The use of salary benchmarking data is common place in most sectors in the UK and it’s great to see that CST’s salary survey for school trusts is growing with a higher number of participating organisations and included job roles. This years’ survey includes over 2000 job roles and 147 participating organisations.



Virtual AGMs

This guidance has been prepared to support academy trusts (Trusts) who want to hold a fully virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) or a hybrid AGM, as we know that Trusts may want to be prepared for future disruption as well as having a general interest in holding more meetings virtually.


Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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