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be connected newsletter for education - July 2019

16 July 2019

As we approach the final few days of the school term, this edition of be connected provides you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the sector.

We reflect on another busy term during which we launched our #EdInfluence podcast series to uncover the insights and beliefs of people who are truly invested in shaping the education space right now and celebrated with all the outstanding individuals and schools at the annual TES School Awards.

Following the publication of Edward Timpson’s long-awaited review on school exclusions and recent updates to the Academies Financial Handbook we ask whether your school is ready for the new school year and anticipated changes in legislation. We share details of the latest guidance for schools and trusts looking to form or join a MAT and reflect on developments with the impending role out of compulsory relations, sex and health relationship education.

be connected is your space – it is important that the mix of content offers you real value and relevant, useful information. Please help us to help you by providing feedback and comments. What would you like to see featured in the newsletter – and would you like to be part of a future edition – click here to let us know!

Legal updates

Relationships and sex education in schools

After a period of consultation and discussion with many organisations dating back to 2017, the DfE has now published its statutory guidance on relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education. In this article Laura Murphy provides clarity on your obligations and shares details of further sources of information and support.

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New Academies Financial Handbook focuses on strengthening governance and compliance

With the new Academies Financial Handbook coming into effect from 1 September, Jamie Otter looks at the updated guidance which focuses on internal controls and strengthening governance.

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The four important changes to the 2019 Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance

Statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education is in the process of being updated. In this legal update, Partner Dai Durbridge reviews four important changes in the pipeline.

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Taking the next steps - MATs

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’.

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Guidance on continuous service in relation to redundancy pay

Senior HR Consultant Gill Martindale takes a look at the key elements of the Redundancy Payments Modification Order (RPMO) 1999, to ensure that you're up to date with your legal responsibilities in relation to continuous service in redundancy scenarios.

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Delivering organisational results

Earlier this month, Partner, Nick MacKenzie and Head of HR Services, Emma Hughes collaborated on a piece for the Confederation of School Trust’s journal, focusing on delivering organisational results and putting your vision and purpose into action.

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FOI requests and the use of the Section 36 exemption

Like most public organisations, schools and academies will receive lots of Freedom of Information requests. However, in not all cases is it in the public’s best interests to respond.

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British Airways £183m data breach fine – should schools be worried?

Earlier this month the ICO fined British Airways £183.4m - the first to be proposed under the new GDPR legislation, for a data breach that saw over half a million customer’s data stolen. Dai Durbridge asks should schools be worried?

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Timpson review on school exclusions - the essential guide for schools

Earlier this term, Edward Timpson published his landmark exclusions review. In this article Hayley O’Sullivan reflects on current practices and offers five top tips on how schools can prepare for the changes ahead.

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Listen to our #EdInfluence podcast series and complete our survey

#EdInfluence - complete the survey

Drawing on our own experiences and those of our clients and partners, June 2019 saw the launch our new podcast series #EdInfluence.

We hope that you have had a chance to listen and subscribe to the series which seeks to uncovering the insights and beliefs of people who are truly invested in shaping the education space right now and those that are passionate about making a difference in the way in which we educate our children and young people. To help us ensure that the episodes are of relevance to you and address the key topics you are interested in, share your feedback and ideas with us in our short survey.

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Honest, humanised conversations with some of today’s most inspiring education leaders

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HR for Education Conference – is your organisation resilient?

Birmingham, 5 December - save the date!

Join us at our annual HR for Education Conference at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on 5 December. We’ll be in touch shortly with further details about the day.

In the meantime, let us know if this year’s theme ‘Organisational Resilience’ resonates with you by completing our short survey here.

training and events

5Dec

HR Conference for Education Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New St, Birmingham

The theme for 2019 is ‘organisational resilience’ - with keynotes and workshops designed to provide you with innovative ideas and practical solutions that can be implement in your schools and across academy trusts.

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5Dec

HR Conference for Education Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New St, Birmingham

The theme for 2019 is ‘organisational resilience’ - with keynotes and workshops designed to provide you with innovative ideas and practical solutions that can be implement in your schools and across academy trusts.

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focus on...

Legal updates

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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Legal updates

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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Upcoming webinars

Exclusions: keeping you informed

Earlier this year Edward Timpson’s review on school exclusions raised the profile of the practice of exclusions, managed moves and alternative provision.

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Legal updates

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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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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