At present schools and academies are being asked to continue operating as close to normal as possible. Despite this, like all organisations, schools and academies are now turning their minds to the fact that if the disease continues to spread there will be a disruption to ‘normal’ curriculum delivery and working arrangements for some time.
Please note: the information contained in this legal update is updated regularly and is correct as at 19 May 2020
Schools and academies have always been a vital part of their communities and active civil participants. Even in ‘normal’ times the work schools and academies do has a wider impact on life outside the school gates.
Like all organisations, schools and academies are now turning their minds to the fact that if the disease continues to spread there will be a disruption to ‘normal’ curriculum delivery and working arrangements for some time.
In this rapidly evolving situation, it is also prudent to continue to review daily updates from the Government, the Department for Education and Public Health England.
In response to the many questions we have received, we’ve set out some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from our education clients below. Covering legal matters from business planning to exclusions, exams and sixth-from admissions our responses relate to your legal obligations and responsibilities. Specific COVID-19 related education law queries can be found here.
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Regardless of the outcome of ballots on industrial action, unless there is drastic change to funding for schools in relation to pay increases, it will be unusual to find any organisational budget that is not impacted by the current economic situation.
There’s been little evidence of interventions or financial management reviews this year and it appears the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has re-focussed on financial delivery. It’s also telling that there were no discernible changes to the reporting of financial irregularities in the Academies Trust Handbook 2022.