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Working with commercial sports providers to create value on your school site

There are a number of commercial sports providers whose business model involves setting up facilities at school sites and then charging the public for their use.

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Generating income - installing electricity substations on school grounds

Schools and academies are often approached by electricity companies to allow the installation of a substation within their grounds.

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Generating income - installing telecommunication masts on school sites

Many schools and academies seek to generate income from their sites by agreeing to the installation of telecommunication masts on their sites, often located on rooftops but also on open land.

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Which land transactions require the Secretary of State’s consent?

Land occupied by schools and academies is protected by the provisions of statute and, in the case of academies, by the Funding Agreement and Academies Financial Handbook.

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Disposals and change of use of school playing fields

Before accepting an offer from a national house builder to construct houses on the sports pitch, or a telecoms company to erect a mast there, schools must be mindful of the outdoor space requirements and the legislation that protects playing fields.

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Durand Academy v Ofsted: the implications

In July 2017, the High Court heard Durand Academy Trust’s case against Ofsted relating to the 2016 Ofsted inspection of Durand Academy (“the academy”).

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Exclusions guidance 2017: an update

Following a government consultation earlier this year, the DfE has now published revised statutory guidance on exclusions for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England.

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Off-payroll - working in the public sector changes to the intermediaries legislation (IR35)

From 6 April 2017, changes have been introduced to the tax rules where individuals provide their services to a client in the public sector via an intermediary.

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MATs: what makes good governance? (Optimus Education report)

Read about the governance experiences of CEOs and trustees in MATs of different sizes and gain advice and tips on building a great trust board.

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General Election 2017 - implications for schools

Theresa May has announced her intention to call a general election. In practice, it is likely that expected DfE announcements will be deferred until after the election.

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