logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

be connected newsletter for education - December 2019

9 December 2019

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

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

Case focus: Aplin v The Governing Body of Tywyn Primary School

Following the landmark case that saw former head teacher Mr Aplin awarded nearly £700,000 compensation for unfair dismissal, our employment lawyer, Sarah Hooton takes a look at the implications of undertaking a poor investigation and the lessons that can be learned from the Welsh Primary School.

Read more >

Is your complaints process fit for purpose?

In recent weeks we have received a number of enquiries from academies who have been approached by the Department for Education about their complaints policies. In this article, our Associate, Philip Wood clarifies the key requirements as set out in the 2014 regulations to ensure your trust remains compliant.

Read more >

Building for the future

With the new year approaching, our real estate specialist Peter Jackson shares his views on why it is vital to gain the appropriate permissions before commencing planned construction projects or facility developments.

Read more >

Horizon scanning

In the first of what we hope will become a regular feature in be connected, our Partner, Nick MacKenzie, reviews what is on the horizon for the education sector and highlights three themes that you might want to monitor, prepare for or take action on.

Read more >

Guides for Education

IR35 v’s the education sector

What is IR35 and is it relevant in the education sector? Our employment lawyer, Ian Deakin answers these key questions and shares his top tips for managing self-employed contractors.

Read more >

Review of the SEND framework

In this article, Richard Freeth reviews the latest thinking on the new Special Educational Needs and Disability framework and looks at the reasons for the numerous failings to date.

Read more >

Follow us

Legal and HR services for education LinkedIn page

Stay up to date with news and insights from our specialist lawyers and HR consultants.

Follow LinkedIn page >

Meet our team

60 seconds with Daniella Glynn

I’m Daniella, an HR Consultant based in the Exeter office, and I’ve been with Browne Jacobson for six years. I advise schools on all issues relating to employing people and the legal complexities that this can create. My job covers all areas from recruitment to retirement.

In order to work in HR you need to be resourceful, be able to explain complex things in a non-complex way and be patient.

This year a work highlight for me was that after delivering sickness absence management training to a large local Trust, they achieved an absence reduction of 1,459 days in a year by managing their process more tightly.

When I’m not at work I like to cycle and recently completed the Torbay Triathlon with other members of the Exeter office.

My one piece of advice would be to speak with your employees about any work issues you or they may have at as early a stage as possible. Things will only get worse if you ignore them.

I am currently having sea swimming lessons which is no mean feat considering my fear of anything living in the sea!

Events

Exclusions: keeping you informed

If you were not able to attend our live ‘exclusions’ webinar last month, don’t worry; there is still time to watch the webinar recording online that was hosted by our Senior Associate, Hayley O’Sullivan.

Read more >

#EdInfluence – series two

We are very excited to be launching our second podcast series of #EdInfluence this autumn. The series will draw on our legal experts and our client's own experiences. In episode one Nick Mackenzie talks to Graham Feek and Steve Sanderson from Greenwood Academies Trust about the best way to embed an innovative digital strategy.

Read more >

training and events

14Oct

ISBL regional Conference Sheffield

Browne Jacobson’s Associate Sophie Jackson discusses the rise in growth of SEN and the impact of this on schools. Please note that this event was postponed from June 2020.

View event

19Nov

CST Inaugural Annual Conference Hilton Metropole, NEC, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1PP

Come and meet the team at CST’s Inaugural Annual Conference this summer. Partner Nick MacKenzie will also be delivering a workshop on governance leadership.

View event

focus on...

Back to School - preparing for the reopening of schools in September

Schools in England were closed other than to the children of key workers and children who are classified as vulnerable from 20th March as part of the management of the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the relaxation of lockdown measures many primary schools in England began a phased reopening for pupils from 15th June.

View

Legal updates

Admissions during Covid-19

Whilst the Department for Education (DfE) has implemented statutory changes to elements of the frameworks relating to admission appeals, exclusions and special educational needs, there have been no changes relating to the legislation relating to admissions.

View

Legal updates

be connected newsletter for education - June 2020

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

View

Legal updates

Mental health in times of Covid-19

It will be important to include an element of mental health awareness and planning in the return to school provisions being compiled as part of the requirement for the prevention of mental health disorders.

View

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

View profile

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up