Education Bulletin - November 2019

Welcome to the November issue of our monthly Education Bulletin. To be as current on topical issues as possible, we will be posting more of our articles and updates on the Stone King website immediately and sharing them on social media. However, we appreciate that many people prefer to receive our articles directly to their inbox, so our monthly bulletin will continue to do just that, acting as a round-up of the month’s news so that you don’t miss anything. Please follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to keep up to date.

In this edition;

  • What schools need to know about climate change protests and pupil absence
  • Managing Conflicting Instructions from Separated Parents
  • Department for Education guidance: Indicators of potential fraud and raising awareness of cyber crime
  • Academy trusts: deadlines and useful information
  • Data protection after Brexit: What schools need to know
  • Exclusions not made by head
  • In case you missed it
  • Training and events
  • Meet the team: Roger Inman
What schools need to know about climate change protests and pupil absence

September saw the largest climate change protest in history, with millions of people taking to the streets across the globe and demanding action. Taking part were an estimated 1.4 million school pupils, many of whom have participated in regular ‘school strikes’ over the last year, walking out of school and marching for change.

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Managing Conflicting Instructions from Separated Parents

We are often asked to advise on issues where parents have separated and the school finds itself stuck in the middle. How can the school navigate these situations?

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Department for Education guidance: Indicators of potential fraud and raising awareness of cyber crime

Earlier this year the Education and Skills Funding Agency published guidance on indicators for potential fraud. It provides a helpful list of generic indicators and/or risk factors associated with potential fraud.

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Academy trusts: deadlines and useful information

Land and Buildings Collection Tool Returns and ESFA audited accounts deadlines.

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Data protection after Brexit: what schools need to know

Both the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will continue to apply after Brexit.

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Exclusions not made by head

Despite the continued focus on exclusions and exclusion-like activities, some very basic issues can get overlooked.

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In case you missed it:

Pupil premium:

The DfE has published guidance on drafting pupil premium strategy statements, including how they should be structured and what information should be included - Read more

Unexplained pupil exits from schools: new EPI report

The Education Policy Institute has published a report looking at unexplained pupil exits from schools in England - Read more

Safeguarding:

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on safeguarding for charities and trustees, and includes when to consider DBS checks and how to implement polies and procedures. - Read more

Training and events

Charity Training - The Essential Trustee and Governance in Practice - London - 20.11.2019

Getting it right as an Academy Clerk or Company Secretary - London - 27.11.2019

Meet the team: Roger Inman - Head of Education Sector

In addition to leading our Education Sector Group of over 80 lawyers, Roger specialises in school governance and re-organisation (notably multi academy trusts or “MATs”), school finance, admissions and also all pupil provision issues, notably special educational needs (SEN).

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The law and practice referred to in this article has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.

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