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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.

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

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

Complete set of statutory education and HR policies for £1,750 with optional annual update service.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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