Stone King Education Bulletin - December 2019

Welcome to the December 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;

  • Teacher misconduct and referrals to the Teaching Regulation Agency
  • Discipline in schools - what is reasonable?
  • Forum for BAME headteachers wins DfE funding
  • New Acas guidance for employers to help manage the impact of menopause at work
  • Stone King represents school in successful legal challenge against Ofsted
  • Employment Appeals Tribunal reaffirms that employers will not be liable for third party harassment of their employees
  • Training and events
  • In case you missed it
  • Meet the team - Michael Brotherton
Teacher misconduct and referrals to the Teaching Regulation Agency

Employers of teachers are under a statutory duty to consider referral of cases involving serious professional misconduct to the Teaching Regulation Authority (‘TRA’), with such a referral being appropriate if the (alleged) misconduct is so serious that it warrants a decision on whether the teacher should be prevented from teaching.

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Discipline in schools – what is reasonable?

Schools may be feeling rather unsure as to which sanctions might be considered to be ‘reasonable’ in light of the recent news exposé of schools’ use of ‘isolation rooms’ and community service with pupils wearing hi-vis bibs.

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Forum for BAME headteachers wins DfE funding

The Department for Education (DfE) has awarded funding to support a professional development scheme that aims to accelerate the career progression of teachers, middle and senior leaders from BAME backgrounds in and around Birmingham.

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New Acas guidance for employers to help manage the impact of menopause at work

Following World Menopause Day on the 18th of October 2019, Acas have published new guidance to help employers support staff affected by the menopause and its symptoms.

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Stone King represents school in successful legal challenge against Ofsted

Stone King LLP advised King David High School, Manchester on its successful legal challenge against Ofsted after it had downgraded the School’s rating further to an inspection earlier this year.

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Employment Appeals Tribunal reaffirms that employers will not be liable for third party harassment of their employees

EAT reaffirms that employers will not be liable for harassment of their employees by third parties, unless their action or inaction is on the ground of a protected characteristic - Bessong v Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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Training and events

Acas Education Forum - East Midlands - Nottingham - 10.12.2019

Charity Training - The Essential Trustee and Governance in Practice - Birmingham - 12.03.2020

Charity Training - The Essential Trustee and Governance in Practice - Bath - 16.03.2020

In case you missed it

Updated guidance for academy trusts planning to make organisational changes or close

School and college security: new guidance

16-19 funding: information for 2020 - 2021

Meet the team - Michael Brotherton

Although Michael specialises in all areas of Education Law, he has built up an enviable reputation dealing with the more contentious aspects of school life including procedural issues, admissions, exclusions, parental complaints, and Equality Act claims.

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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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