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29 July 2022 A new School Admission Appeals Code for 2022

On 1 October 2022 the School Admissions Appeals Code 2022 (“the Code”) comes into force, replacing the 2012 version and the amendments brought in during the pandemic. The Code will apply to all appeals lodged on or after 1 October 2022.

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28 July 2022 New Guidance on Behaviour in Schools: What has changed?

This month the Department for Education (“DfE”) released new guidance on behaviour in schools which has substantial changes from the previous guidance from 2016.

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Legal update

15 July 2022 New statutory guidance on school suspensions and exclusions now published

New statutory guidance on school exclusions has now been published, along with new Behaviour in Schools Guidance. The new guidance incorporates changes recommended in Edward Timpson’s May 2019 report on school exclusions. The new guidance will apply to any exclusion or suspension decisions taken from 1 September 2022.

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16 June 2022 Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022: Online searches for shortlisted candidates

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. This article focuses on how and when to carry out online searches. In the coming week we will follow up with everything you need to consider when sourcing high quality governor or trustee training.

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Blog

1 June 2022 Judicial Review of school exclusion reconsideration dismissed on all grounds

The recent case of R (on the application of A Parent) v Governing Body of XYZ School [2022] EWHC 1146 (Admin) provides some welcome and reassuring guidance to governing boards on the exclusion reconsideration process.

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School exclusions and suspensions update

Watch our on-demand webinar as we explain the proposed changes and help you understand how they’ll affect you and your school.

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Legal update

2 March 2022 Health and safety successes at trial highlighting need for engaging staff compliance training

Our insurance litigation specialists have recently successfully defended claims brought against two schools for alleged health and safety failings.

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Published articles

25 February 2022 KCSIE: How to research applicants' online profiles

The Department for Education published the draft 2022 version of Keeping Children Safe in Education. A few changes caught the eye and the one that most of us in education are discussing relates to a new set of text that suggested checking the online presence of job applicants.

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Legal update

8 February 2022 National consultation on exclusions underway

The draft exclusions guidance does not make any changes to the overall structure of exclusions – the three main stages of headteacher decision, governing board review and, for permanent exclusions, independent panel review remain in place.

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Blog

7 December 2021 Fines for unsafe removal of asbestos in schools

In order to reduce the risk of potential breaches, schools should follow this Health and Safety Executive guidance.

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