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12 March 2019 Extension to exemption from Tier 2 visa salary threshold for STEM and Mandarin teachers

The Government has announced that the current exemption from the £30,000 minimum salary threshold for Tier 2 (General) sponsored workers in a number of public service professions has been extended.

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11 March 2019 13 years for first FGM conviction

The first conviction of female genital mutilation (FGM) has resulted in a 13 year jail sentence for the child’s mother.

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8 March 2019 Could suspension of an employee pending an investigation amount to a breach of their employment contract?

The Court of Appeal recently provided authoritative guidance on disciplinary suspensions including on whether the suspension of an employee facing serious allegations, pending an investigation, could amount to a repudiation of their employment contract.

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4 March 2019 Link between exclusions and knife-crime?

Recent press coverage of an increase in knife attacks has raised concerns over what can be done to tackle what is fast becoming a national crisis.

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6 February 2019 Challenges to SEN admissions

A recent High Court decision has confirmed the power of schools to challenge the inappropriate placement of children with EHCPs at schools.

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6 September 2018 The black hole of school places to be plugged by free schools?

The deficit in school places is worsening and schools and families face uncertainty of pupil places. The baby-boom cohort is now school age and places are desperately needed.

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6 September 2018 An enhanced role for local authorities in education?

Sir Michael Wilshaw, former Principal and Chief Inspector at Ofsted, has suggested that local authorities or elected mayors should have a role in local education and ensuring school standards.

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11 June 2018 Roundtable – a more nuanced approach to school improvement?

The DfE’s approach to school improvement since the Academy Act 2010 came into force has been very intervention heavy – first with a significant increase in academy sponsorship, followed more recently by the rebrokering or transferring of academies between trusts.

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1 June 2018 Changes to controls around ‘related-party transactions’ on the horizon

The DfE has agreed a recommendation made by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee that academy trusts should be forced to apply to the Education and Skills Funding Agency in order to approve ‘related-party transactions’.

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24 May 2018 The Data Protection Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018

Only limited sections of the Act will take effect immediately. Our blog provides a summary of the key information you need to be aware of now.

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