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Be connected newsletter for education - March 2020

12 March 2020

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

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Legal updates

Levelling up – What now for education policy?

In this article, Nick Mackenzie and Philip Wood give their views of the potential direction of travel of education policy following the December general election.

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Client best practice: Managing risk and curriculum delivery in difficult times

Academy Transformation Trust’s COO shares details of their initial approach to managing risk and maintaining curriculum delivery in light of the coronavirus.

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New year, new requirements – employment contracts

With the latest series of employment law updates coming into force in April, HR Consultant Daniella Glynn sets out the key contractual changes that you need to be aware of.

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Education sector accounts for 15% of data breaches

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has recently published the latest statistics on reported data breaches, with only the health sector recording more data breaches than education.

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Use of restraints in school: EHRC inquiry

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has recently launched an inquiry into the monitoring and recording of the use of restraints and restrictive interventions within schools.

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Consultation opens on Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020

Significant changes have been proposed for the next iteration of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance, due out this September. With the consultation now open for feedback, our safeguarding lead, Dai Durbridge, walks you through the key areas for consideration.

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Trusts liable for unplanned pension scheme exit payments

Are you at risk? We’ve recently encountered a number of cases where academies have found themselves liable for payments up to £100,000. In this article Joe Price shares details of the main factors that have led to trusts being exposed after their commercial contracts with catering providers have come to an end.

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Prevention and protection against historical abuse claims in schools

Last month the Court of Appeal awarded £1.1m to a former pupil who had been abused by a teacher in his school. In this article we review why the pay-out was so high and offer advice on how you can protect your school from such claims.

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How to handle parental complaints

Sometimes no matter how experienced you are in your role, school leaders and their representatives may receive a parental complaint. Join our live webinar on Thursday 19 March to hear our expert Julia Green talk you through how to take control of the complaints process.

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HR and education policies for academy trusts

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Events

Meet the team at leading sector events

It’s set to be a busy few months ahead as our HR and Education specialist travel the length and breadth of the country to share their expertise and legal updates with you.

Click here to find your nearest event and access an exclusive offer for Optimus Education’s forthcoming HR and employment law conference.

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Legal updates

Academy Intervention Powers

Part 1 of the Schools Bill introduces statutory rights designed to ensure that the Secretary of State has efficient oversight and is equipped to address “instances of failure” in academy trusts.

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School exclusions and suspensions update

Watch our on-demand webinar as we explain the proposed changes and help you understand how they’ll affect you and your school.

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Legal updates

Health and safety successes at trial highlighting need for engaging staff compliance training

Our insurance litigation specialists have recently successfully defended claims brought against two schools for alleged health and safety failings.

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Published articles

KCSIE: How to research applicants' online profiles

The Department for Education published the draft 2022 version of Keeping Children Safe in Education. A few changes caught the eye and the one that most of us in education are discussing relates to a new set of text that suggested checking the online presence of job applicants.

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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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