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Guide

Good governance essential to avoid falling foul of the ESFA

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.

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Legal update

25 November 2022 Hair discrimination – stop pupils being unfairly singled-out for their appearance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHCR) has issued new, non-statutory guidance regarding the wearing of natural or protective hairstyles, specifically in reference to their representation in uniform, behaviour or standalone appearance policies. This guidance has been designed to complement and enhance the guidance already given on school uniform and Equality Act 2010.

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Legal update

25 November 2022 School complaint management - exploring a new way forward

There’s greater opportunity than ever for parents, carers and guardians to voice any concerns they have relating to their child’s education and for their concerns to be heard and to be taken seriously.

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The UK's green agenda - the outcomes of COP27 and actions since COP26

Just over a year ago world leaders, policymakers, scientists and environmental activists gathered in Glasgow for COP26. Now many of those same people have also travelled to Egypt to attend this year's summit for what has been billed as “A moment of truth for the international community”.

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Press release

24 November 2022 Browne Jacobson helps launch new innovative council company network with Wiltshire Council and Christ Church Business School

Law firm Browne Jacobson has collaborated with Wiltshire Council and Christ Church Business School on the launch event of The Council Company Best Practice and Innovation Network, a platform which brings together academic experts and senior local authority leaders, allowing them to share best practice in relation to council companies.

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Legal update

24 November 2022 Shared Insights: The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework

In our latest Shared Insights session, Patient Safety Incident Response Framework, chaired by Amelia Newbold, Nicola Evans and Damian Whitlam, we were pleased to be joined by Lauren Mosley, Head of Patient Safety Implementation, NHS England and Tracey Herlihey, Head of Patient Safety Incident Response Policy, NHS England. The discussion covered a number of topics including the key elements of PSIRF, points for Trusts to consider including disclosure, and feedback from an early adopter Trust. For more information and details of how we can help, you can download the note at the link below.

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Guide

Virtual AGMs

This guidance has been prepared to support academy trusts (Trusts) who want to hold a fully virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) or a hybrid AGM, as we know that Trusts may want to be prepared for future disruption as well as having a general interest in holding more meetings virtually.

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Legal update

23 November 2022 Insights from the Chief Coroner by His Honour Judge Thomas Teague, KC

I was delighted to attend Browne Jacobson’s Health and Care Connect conference on 10 October 2022 to address professionals from across the health and care sector about the coronial system.

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Blog

21 November 2022 BMA advises consultants not to accept less than the BMA minimum rate card for extra-contractual work

The BMA is advising all NHS / HSCNI consultants to ensure extra-contractual work is paid at the BMA minimum recommended rate and to decline offers of extra-contractual work that doesn't value them appropriately.

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Legal update

21 November 2022 Leadership and lessons learnt during the Pandemic by Professor Jonathan Van-Tam

In the last two years, we have all lived through a seismic event. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic was arguably the worst public health event of our lifetimes. Reflecting on what we have all lived through in the last two years, there is some key learning for leaders across the whole health and care system, nationally and internationally.

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