0370 270 6000

Be connected newsletter for education - September 2020

4 September 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

Summer 2020 examination results – managing student/parental concerns

Following the A-Level and GCSE results being based on centre assessed grades (CAGs) and made available to students, Ofqual updated its guidance on appeals and concerns about malpractice.

Read more >

Staffing Matters

To help you navigate the people challenges during this unprecedented period, Head of HR Services Emma Hughes and Mandy Coalter, Founder of Talent Architects have put together this guidance.

It draws upon the experience and practice of many schools preparing for full opening in September 2020 and covers the key staffing matters that may result as schools prepare to fully re-open.

Read more >

New Keeping Children Safe statutory guidelines come into force

On Tuesday the 2020 Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance came into force. In this short summary, Senior HR Consultant Gill Martindale outlines the key changes that you need to be aware of and puts forward five recommendations to keep your pupils safe.

Read more >

Managing pupil behaviour

The majority of pupils have returned to school, it may well seem a very different place and adapting to being back in a school setting will not come easily to some. Experiences during lockdown may well have impacted on behaviour and this may present on return to school.

Read more >

‘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.

Read more >

New year, new academies financial handbook

On 1 September 2020 the latest iteration of the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) came into force. Use this opportunity to go beyond the headline technical changes and reflect on how your trust is doing on the underlining issues that the changes seek to address.

Read more >

The fiduciary duties of academy trusts members

In advance of our October Webinar on effective Boards, we revisit this article published by Nick MacKenzie earlier in the summer that looks at the limits of trust members powers.

Read more >

Consultation continues on Schools Admissions Code

It’s not too late to have your say on the latest School Admissions Code; the guidance which clarifies and seeks to improve the school admissions process where children are admitted to school in-year.

Read more >

10-month CPD programme for DPO’s starting soon

With the first three cohorts of our new DPO development course due to start on the 14th September, it’s not too late to sign-up. Delivered by our GDPR expert Dai Durbridge, the virtual course covers everything DPOs need to keep themselves up to date throughout the year.

Find out more >

Webinars and online events

Back to School webinar series

As a follow up to our Back to School webinar series, our HR and legal experts outline the four things you must do in preparation for the re-opening of your schools. We also discuss the use of PPE in the classroom and reiterate the importance of good listening and communication skills.

Available online - watch, share and keep informed today.

  • Health and Safety musts - with Steph McGarry
  • Communicate well and listen to your staff – with Ian Deakin

View here >

Looking back, moving forward - a celebration of the 150th anniversary of state education

Online event - 14th September 2020

Join the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson, Dame Julia Cleverdon, Sir Michael Barber and the recently appointed President of the CBI Lord Karan Bilimoria to launch a year of celebration for those delivering education.

Find out more >

A reflection on education policy – a unique discussion with 12 former Secretaries of State

Online event - 17th September 2020

Hosted by the BBC’s Education Correspondent Branwen Jefferys special guests including Baroness Nicky Morgan, Kenneth Clarke QC, Michael Gove, Justine Greening and Lord David Blunkett will come together to reflect on past successes of education, the unintended consequences of past policy, and to envision what still remains to be done.

Find out more >

Effective Board and Members meetings; Covid-19 and beyond

Webinar - 6th October 2020

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.

Find out more >

Back to School – September planning webinar

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.

Join us where members of the Education team will be discussing the key legal and HR issues facing schools planning for reopening in September.

Find out more >

HR and education policies for academy trusts

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

Order yours today >

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 >

Training and events


Exclusions training for senior leaders and governing boards Interactive session via Zoom

This two-hour, online interactive training session focuses on all you need to know about the exclusions framework for schools and trusts. It’s designed to help ensure schools are compliant with exclusions law and guidance as well as considering wider issues.

View event


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.

View event

Focus on...

Employment Law – Harpur Trust v Brazel – Implications for schools webinar

On 20 July 2022, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited judgment in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel, upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal. For those of you familiar with this case, you will know that it concerns the statutory leave requirements for part-time and part-year workers. For schools and academies whose workforce consists of a variety of types of part-time and part-year workers, this case is one that must be understood before any changes are applied. Come and join Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services as she puts questions to Ian Deakin, Employment Partner, and Sarah Linden, Senior Associate.


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.



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.


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.


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