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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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Complex allegations and safeguarding terminations: How to limit cost, risk and delay

Be empowered to take a realistic approach to risk by understanding the likely outcomes of a dismissal. And, learn how timely, strategic decision-making can limit costs associated with removing unsuitable employees.

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2 March 2022 Advocacy in Action: online learning during a national pandemic

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have had to alter the way they provide education to their pupils. This has involved schools having to be creative and flexible in how they deliver the curriculum to a diverse cohort of pupils.

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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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17 September 2021 be connected newsletter for education - September 2021

In this edition we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the sector.

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10 September 2021 Successful challenge to Secretary of State’s refusal to revoke directive academy order

Our client, Yew Tree Primary School, challenged the Secretary of State for Education’s (SSE) decision not to revoke a directive Academy Order.

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7 September 2021 HR and employment Covid-19 FAQs for schools and academies - September 2021

With many Covid-19 restrictions now removed we have prepared a new set of employment/HR related FAQs to support schools and academies for the new academic year commencing in September 2021.

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7 July 2021 A policy in the sun

As we approach the end of a particularly turbulent academic year, finding the time, energy and buy-in to review school policies may seem less likely than finding a holiday cottage in Cornwall for mid-August.

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