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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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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.

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Training and events

3Oct

Safeguarding Training for Governors and Trustees Interactive session via Zoom

This two-hour safeguarding course via zoom is designed specifically for governors and trustees. It steers away from operational safeguarding matters and instead focuses on strategic safeguarding and good safeguarding governance, meeting the requirements of The Governance Handbook 2022 and Keeping Children Safe 2022.

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10Oct

Training for Lead Safeguarding Governors and Trustees Interactive session via Zoom

This course runs over 2 x 90 minute sessions and commences with he first session at 4pm on the 10th October and then the 2nd session at 4pm on the 17th October. This tailored lead safeguarding course is designed specifically for your Lead Safeguarding Governor/Trustee. Building on our course for all governors and trustees, in this course delegates focus on the role of the Lead Safeguarding Governor/Trustee and the relationship with the DSL.

Session one: 4pm to 5.30pm on 10 October 2022 and
Session two: 4pm to 5.30pm on 17 October 2022

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Press releases

Leading education lawyers play major role as DfE announces 10,000th academy conversion

The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that the conversion of Donisthorpe Primary School in Leicestershire on 1st September marked the 10,000th academy conversion.

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Guides

How to carry out the KCSiE online checks FAQs

There is (understandably) some confusion about the steps schools and trusts need to take to discharge the new online check duty set out in paragraph 220 of KCSIE. I can’t completely clarify all of it for you, but I can help you find a sensible route through. These FAQs are a good place to start.

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Legal updates

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022: updated Governor and Trustee training requirement

The two biggest changes in the new safeguarding guidance revolve around sourcing high quality governor and trustee training and the new requirement to carry out online searches for shortlisted candidates.

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Legal updates

Understanding the Appropriate Adult expectation

One of three significant changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 is a new expectation that Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) should be aware of the requirement for children to have an Appropriate Adult. The guidance says nothing more than that, but the DfE has updated the Searching, Screening and Confiscation Advice to include a new section on strip searches. In this briefing I explain how to meet this new requirement and help you understand what steps you need to take when involving the police in pupil searches.

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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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