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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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Guide

Taking the next step – forming or joining a multi academy trust

Browne Jacobson has been delighted to again work in partnership with our colleagues and friends at the National Governance Association (NGA) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

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Legal update

31 May 2022 Local authority academy conversion powers

A question we often get asked by schools is “can I be forced to become an academy?” The answer to that question to date has centred around whether a school is eligible for intervention and, primarily, its Ofsted’s grade.

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31 May 2022 Implementing school system reform – next steps

Following its publication of the White Paper at the end of March, the Department for Education (DfE) has shared an implementation framework focusing on its plans for “a stronger and fairer school system”.

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24 May 2022 Academy Intervention Powers

Part 1 of the Schools Bill introduces statutory rights designed to ensure that the Secretary of State has efficient oversight and is equipped to address “instances of failure” in academy trusts.

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The White and Green Papers are out - what next? webinar

At the end of March, the Department for Education finally published the long-awaited White and Green Papers.

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Legal update

7 December 2021 The DfE’s draft education and sustainability strategy: for schools

We consider each of the ‘action areas’ of the draft strategy & what it might mean for schools & academies.

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Legal update

30 November 2021 School Uniform – a high street takeover?

What schools need to know about the DfE guidance which requires school uniforms to be affordable for all.

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Legal update

24 November 2021 Recovering School Fees? Don’t forget about the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

Schools will need to comply with the requirements of the PAPDC or potentially face financial consequences. This article provides an overview of the PAPDC and explains how it applies to schools.

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Guide

MAT mergers - a guide for academy trust leaders and trustees

A joint guidance paper written in collaboration between Browne Jacobson and the National Governance Association (NGA) on academy mergers within the education sector has been released today.

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