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Legal update

22 May 2020 The mental health of higher education staff – duty of care in uncertain times

As we embrace mental health awareness week from 18 May 2020, it is timely to reflect on some of the steps that HEIs can take to discharge their duty of care in uncertain times.

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Back to school – preparing for a potential phased reopening of schools

Schools in England have been closed other than to the children of key workers and children who are classified as vulnerable since 20th March as part of the management of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the government has now announced that primary schools in England may be able to begin a phased reopening for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1st June at the earliest.

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Coronavirus and your school workforce

Heather Mitchell, Employment Partner and Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services will provide a round-up of advice covering the most frequently asked about issues from our clients when it comes to coronavirus and its impact on the school workforce.

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Legal update

5 May 2020 Covid19: changes to special educational needs and disability (SEND) legislation

The DfE has published a notice under the Coronavirus Act 2020 as well as amending regulations and guidance which make some changes to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) framework arising from the Children & Families Act 2014 and the SEND Regulations 2014.

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Legal update

5 May 2020 Recruitment in schools and academies during COVID-19

The current emergency means that we need to do things differently and this includes how we recruit new staff to our schools and academies.

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30 April 2020 The Government’s Job Retention Scheme - New guidance for higher education (HE) providers

The Department for Education has recently published guidance on the Government’s Job Retention Scheme which has now been extended to last until the end of June this year. It has clarified that its primary focus is to ensure that Higher Education providers are able to continue delivering HE services and support the needs of students both on and off the campus.

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Legal update

15 April 2020 Conducting lawful admissions appeals during the COVID-19 outbreak

To help schools and academies prepare for admission appeals our experts have put together guidance on conducting admission appeal hearings during the outbreak.

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Legal update

9 April 2020 Ofqual exam guidance

Ofqual has published guidance for schools and colleges in relation to exam assessments this summer due to the current crisis.

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Keeping children safe during Covid-19

On 27 March the Department for Education (DfE) released new guidance to schools and academy trusts to help keep children safe, including online, during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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