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be connected newsletter for education - March 2021

3 March 2021

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

Admission appeal arrangements

Due to the ongoing restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, the Department for Education has recently published further regulations to amend the operation of admission appeals. In this article, Richard Freeth sets out how admission appeals can continue to operate whilst social distancing is still required.

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Advice for secondary schools on wearing face coverings

In preparation for the return to the classroom next week, the Department for Education has recommended that staff, pupils and students in year 7 and above should wear face coverings. In this article Hayley O’Sullivan details the key factors that schools should consider before deciding on the stance they wish to take.

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Responding to supplier administrations

Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial pressure that many companies are currently under may prove insurmountable. The financial support schemes cannot go on indefinitely and, when they are removed, it is likely that we will see the number of insolvencies increase. In this article Chloe Poskitt and Joe Price answer your key questions in relation to supplier administration and consider some of the lessons learned from the administration of Gaia and School Letting Solutions.

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Delivering live remote learning to pupils – some data protection considerations

In recent months education providers have become more innovative with the delivery of lessons to ensure all students are able to actively participate. Delivery of lessons including live teaching sessions through video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Teams have become commonplace while students learn from home. Whilst this is considered more useful and engaging than setting online work and it also enables teachers to actually see their pupils it does create a number of additional issues for settings.

In this article Daljit Kaur reviews some of the data protection-related factors that schools and academies should consider.

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Advocacy in Action: School places during a national pandemic

In this, the second of our Advocacy in Action series, Barrister Andrew Cullen considers the issue of claims arising from school placements during COVID-19 lockdown.

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Supporting students on their journey through higher education

Since 2020 schools and education authorities in England have had a duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, but what can these pupils expect as they continue their education journey into higher education?

In this article, our Head of HE, Bettina Rigg looks at what provisions are in place to enhance the disabled student experience.

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Laptops and lifelines

Technology shortages have meant that many pupils have not had access to the laptops or equipment they need to engage in remote learning. Donations from the community are helping, and to manage them correctly schools need to get their gifts and donations policies polished up and fit for purpose in order to steward the offers of equipment received from generous donors. In this article, Laura Murphy sets out what schools need to be thinking about.

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Webinars and online events

Rising to the challenge: digital transformation in schools

In this on-demand webinar, hear from our panel of digital pioneers about how they were developing their digital strategies to transform teaching and learning long before the pandemic really shone a light on the use of EdTech in schools and trusts.

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training and events


PraxisAuril 2021 Conference Online

Come and meet our Head of Higher Education, Bettina Rigg and colleagues who will be online throughout this four day conference to discuss how our full service team can support your institution. Please note that this event was postponed from June 2020.

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ISBL regional Conference Marriott Hotel, Southampton Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 4SH

Join our Partner Julia Green at this regional conference as she provides an overview of key legal developments that you should be aware of ahead of the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that this event was postponed from July 2020.

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University spinouts and joint ventures – developing your in-house expertise

Catch up on this on-demand video where intellectual property expert Selina Hinchliffe and corporate specialist Sam Sharp discussed spinouts and joint ventures providing significant commercial opportunities for universities to capitalise on their research and innovation expertise.


Legal updates

Gavin Williamson provides clear indication of the Government’s vision for a fully academised state school system

Gavin Williamson has a clear vision for the future of the state-funded school system and that is for every school to be part of a family of schools in a strong multi-academy trust.


Legal updates

be connected newsletter for higher education - April 2021

In this edition of our higher education newsletter, we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the higher education sector.


Grades without exams: getting equality duties right

In the second of our three-part ‘Grades without Exams’ series, we explored the equality issues arising from the process for determining grades without exams in summer 2021.


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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