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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

28Apr

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. Partner Nick MacKenzie will also be delivering a workshop on governance leadership.

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1Jun

PraxisAuril 2021 Conference The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR

Come and meet our Head of Higher Education and IP specialist Helen Jones at this two day event. We’ll be on hand to discuss how our full service team can help your institution realise your goals. Please note that this event was postponed from June 2020.

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focus on...

Effective Board and Members meetings; Covid-19 and beyond

View our on-demand video where Education Partners Nick MacKenzie and Dominic Swift discuss the approach to members and board meetings in the ‘new normal’ considering the benefits of virtual meetings and discuss how in the longer-term, boards might combine virtual and in-person meetings to be more effective.

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Legal updates

be connected newsletter for education - September 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

‘Test and Trace’ managing data in times of Covid-19

As schools reopen for pupils and staff, a number of questions are being raised concerning steps that must be taken should an individual who has been on the school site be confirmed positive for Coronavirus.

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Legal updates

New year, new Academies Financial Handbook

On 1 September 2020, the latest iteration of the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) came into force.

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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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