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Be connected newsletter for education - April 2019

25 April 2019

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

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Beyond system design - addressing the operational leadership challenges

We have recently published the latest report from our successful series of education sector roundtable events. We focused on the leadership challenges facing the sector and how the sector should respond to them.

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Legal updates

Knife crime and school exclusions

Recent deaths following a wave of knife attacks has resulted in a renewed national focus on what more can be done to prevent the appalling escalation in knife-crime.

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MAT summary evaluations

The scrutiny of multi-academy trust performance by Ofsted has undergone some 'operational changes'.

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What duties do members of academy trusts have?

We are seeing increased interest and focus on the role and duties of members of academy trusts (Members). In this article, we review what duties they undertake and consider how these might be different from what they set out to be.

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SEN admissions

A recent judicial review case taken by an academy trust against a local authority has provided some useful guidance for schools when dealing with requests to admit children with EHCPs.

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Ofsted v Durand - outcome of the appeal

In 2017, we wrote about Durand Academy Trust’s (“Durand”) case against Ofsted and the High Court’s decision that Ofsted’s complaints procedure was unfair for those schools judged to require special measures or have serious weaknesses.

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Schools and Raising Money for Charities

Times have changed and school fundraising is more high tech; Just Giving and GoFundMe accounts are common place. If you are raising money through either traditional or modern means, we consider the methods that you can continue to do so legally, and in compliance with charity law.

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Training and events

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EdCon2023: Planning for the future Online

We're delighted to offer you a complimentary invitation to our EdCon2023 online platform - a virtual event space where you will have the opportunity to hear from our education lawyers and HR experts.

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Focus on...

Legal updates

Top three training topics 2022-23

As well as providing day-to-day support to help you focus on managing your settings, we also provide training and professional development on a range of topics to keep you and your staff up-to-date.

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Legal updates

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.

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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.

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Blogs

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.

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The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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