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Schools and Academy Trusts are concerned about how to respond to the contract renewal notices they are receiving from ESS, which propose a minimum contract term of 3 years going forward. We provide some guidance in this briefing and encourage clients to get in touch if they have concerns about their particular case.

Secondary schools have been asked by the Department for Education (DfE) to test pupils onsite when they return from their Christmas break. In this article, we outline what this will involve for schools.

This article looks at the main updates to government guidance for schools in relation to the Omicron variant, including around face coverings, contact and isolating and international travel.

Schools’ views: benefits and obstacles to joining academy trusts

The DfE published a research report presenting the findings of a survey designed to understand the experiences and perceptions of schools about multi-academy trusts (MATs), which may be of particular interest to school leaders and governors.

Stone King has once again been recognised for its expertise in both charity and education law by its inclusion in The Times Best Law Firms 2022 list of top 200 legal practices in England and Wales, which is compiled independently and based on peer review. To read more, please follow the link.

Graham Burns is quoted by Tes on potential collective action by schools and Academy Trusts in response to contract renewal notices from ESS.

Hannah Sterry was interviewed by Tes for an article exploring the complex issues raised by facial recognition technology in schools. She explains that central to the use of any biometric technology are data protection and privacy considerations.

Stone King’s webinar and events programme is regularly updated and can be accessed here.