Stone King Education Bulletin - March 2020

In this edition;

  • 13 tips to help academies avoid financial distress
  • Parental Bereavement Leave Legislation: what employers need to know
  • Stone King and the Confederation of Schools Trusts: informative training masterclasses - Joining or merging with School Trusts
  • Sponsored workers: the Migration Advisory Committee publishes its recommendations
  • Community at the heart of Stone King
  • In case you missed it
  • Training and events
  • Meet the team: Michael Brotherton
13 tips to help academies avoid financial distress

Over the past year we have seen an increase in financial distress work for academies and, as a result, undertaken more preventative compliance-based work with the sector to help avoid financial distress.

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Parental Bereavement Leave Legislation: what employers need to know

In January 2020, the Government provided further detail on the new Parental Bereavement Leave (PBL) legislation that are set to come into force from the 6 April 2020. Ahead of its introduction, employers should be aware of their obligations and the legal rights afforded to grieving parents.

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Stone King and the Confederation of Schools Trusts: informative training masterclasses - Joining or merging with School Trusts

There is increasing appetite in the sector for trusts to consider joining another trust or merging to order to create a group that is educationally and financially sustainable.

The session will cover:

  • The strategic context, mission alignment and cultural fit, building and holding trust and due diligence amongst other topics.

Sessions take place on 11 March in Wakefield and 5 May in London, book here.

Building your board: recent Government attention on the competencies of individual board members has lacked a genuine focus on the trust board as a corporate entity. This masterclass looks at how the overall competence of the board is crucial to improving outcomes for children and young people. The event takes place on 12 May in London.

Sponsored workers: the Migration Advisory Committee publishes its recommendations

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is an independent public body that advises the government on migration issues. On the 28 January 2020, they published a long awaited report on a points-based visa route and the use, and level, of salary thresholds for sponsored workers, in response to commissions from the Government.

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Community at the heart of Stone King

Stone King is holding its second Bath Litter Pick on Tuesday, March 17 from 4.30pm - 5.30pm, and wants as many businesses as possible to get involved.

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In case you missed it
Training and events

Effective absence management and employee wellbeing: Tuesday, 10 March, London
This interactive seminar will provide an overview of why it is important to ensure your organisation adopts an effective absence procedure. It will also look at how to create a culture of employee wellbeing in your workplace.

Charity Training: Employment and HR challenges facing charities: Bath, 19 March
In the first of our new programme of Charity Training topical seminars, we will be providing practical advice on the employment and HR issues facing charities on a day-to-day basis. Our speakers will be addressing key issues facing the sector, including how to deal with whistleblowers, and staffing options when facing restricted funding.

Immigration: Navigating the SMS as a sponsor licence holder: London, 15 May
In this workshop the role of all Key Personnel will be covered, from Authorising Officer to Key Contact. We will cover the responsibilities and duties of each role, compliance issues and how to navigate around the SMS.

More Stone King events can be found here.

Meet the team: Michael Brotherton, Partner in our Education Team

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.

Michael’s other skills include advising on many academy conversions, from single academy projects to multi academy conversion projects; advising on safeguarding issues, abuse allegations, policy drafting, general governance, best practice and whole school issues.

To read Michael's full biography, click here.

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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