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15 January 2020 When will altering an investigation report result in an unfair dismissal?

The case of Dronsfield v University of Reading looked at altering an investigation report result which resulted in an unfair dismissal.

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9 December 2019 be connected newsletter for education - December 2019

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

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29 November 2019 Horizon scanning

In the first of what we hope will become a regular feature in Be Connected, Nick MacKenzie reviews what’s on the horizon for the education sector and briefly shares with you a number of themes.

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28 November 2019 Is your complaints process fit for purpose?

As part of the advisory service we offer schools, recent enquiries have arisen from academies being contacted by the Department for Education (DfE) about their complaints policies.

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28 November 2019 Case Focus – Aplin v The Governing Body of Tywyn Primary School – the implications of a poor investigation

Mr Aplin was the head teacher of a primary school and was openly gay. He met two 17-year-old males (still classed as children, by law) on Grindr and the three of them had sex. Read more for the investigation and disciplinary hearing.

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28 November 2019 Building for the future

As the new year comes into view, many schools will be considering plans to build or to extend their facilities next year.

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Summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts

The scrutiny of multi-academy trust (MAT) performance by Ofsted has recently undergone some operational changes. In this note, we comment on the revised approach and identify a number of key elements for MATs to reflect on.

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16 October 2019 What to do if a supplier goes into administration

The education sector has recently been impacted by the administration of Gaia Technologies (one of the UK’s leading suppliers of ICT services to UK schools and universities) which entered administration due to “severe cash flow issues”.

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11 October 2019 Keeping Children Safe – 1 October amendment

The Department for Education (DfE) have (sensibly) amended paragraphs 164 and 165 of the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 guidance. As you know, these paragraphs set out when you need to refer an individual to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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2 September 2019 Safeguarding checks on academy governors

There are a different set of regulations that apply to academies compared to maintained schools regarding safeguarding checks that need to be carried out on governors. This article will tell you more.

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