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back to school - preparing for the reopening of schools in September

1 July 2020

This webinar took place on Monday 29th June 2020 and is now available on-demand.

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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 in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1st June and secondary schools have started to provide some time in school for Years 10 and 12 pupils from 15th June.

However, while the government has said primary schools can welcome back additional pupils this term where there is considered to be capacity to do so, the government’s original ambition for all primary school children to return to school before the summer for a month has now been abandoned and the Secretary of State for Education has said that the government is now “working to bring all children back to school in September”.

In this webinar Browne Jacobson’s Head of Education, Mark Blois will discuss with colleagues Stephanie McGarry, Ian Deakin, Emma Hughes and Julia Green the key legal and HR issues facing schools planning for reopening in September and we will share the lessons learned from our extensive working with clients in relation to the phased reopening of schools to date.

In particular, this webinar will focus on the most important considerations around:

  • health and safety in school
  • employer obligations and leadership support
  • parental expectations and concerns

Please feel free to send any questions you may have in advance.

If you can't make our webinar please feel free to sign up as the webinar is available on-demand, with links shared on our website and LinkedIn page.

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our speakers

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

Mark Blois specialises in advice to schools, colleges, and local authorities on the full range of legal issues, both contentious and non-contentious including changes of category, re-organisations, governance, commercial arrangements, special educational needs, disability discrimination, admissions, exclusions and safeguarding.

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Julia Green

Julia Green

Partner

Julia specialises in education law advice to schools, academies and colleges including statutory conversions of all types and property issues ranging from easements to development agreements.

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Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes

Head of HR Services

Emma is the Head of HR Services and manages the team responsible for providing HR consultancy services to a range of clients across multiple sectors.

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Ian Deakin

Ian Deakin

Senior Associate

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The opinions expressed on this video are provided for the purposes of general interest and information and should not be relied upon. They contain only summaries of aspects of the subject matter at the time of publishing and do not provide comprehensive statements of the law. They do not constitute legal advice and do not provide a substitute for it. So why not talk to us and seek advice that's tailored to you? You can look up one of our experts on this website or call on 0370 270 6000.

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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