Stone King Education Bulletin - December 2018

In this month's edition:

  • New Guidance on Making Significant Changes to an Existing Academy
  • Academies directing off-site to improve behaviour: Getting it right
  • Social media: Protecting schools and staff from online abuse
  • Fiduciary Duties of Governors
  • Liability for School buildings
  • Data leak by disgruntled employee - Employer liable?
  • Brief Alerts December 2018
New Guidance on Making Significant Changes to an Existing Academy

The Department for Education (“DfE”) has updated its guidance on making significant changes to an open academy (“New Guidance”). This article looks at the key amendments in the New Guidance.

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Academies directing off-site to improve behaviour: Getting it right

The debate on exclusions and alternative provision continues to rage. Following on from our recent articles on exclusions from a head teacher and governor perspective, we turn now to Alternative Provision (AP).

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Social media: Protecting schools and staff from online abuse

The rise in popularity of social media means messages and opinions can be shared and spread at an unprecedented rate. Whilst this is often convenient, allowing us to keep up to date with global events in real time, it also brings with it issues previously unseen: the setting up of fake profiles aimed at harming individuals and businesses and the spread of malicious rumours at the touch of a button. Schools are not immune to these issues which can cause distress and harm to targeted staff members. What should schools do?

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Fiduciary Duties of Governors

A maintained school’s use of its delegated budget has recently been considered by the High Court: which ruled that a school’s former headteacher and two governors (the “Defendants”) had breached a fiduciary duty they owed to a local authority (the “Claimant”) under the School Standards and Framework Act (SSFA) 1998 by issuing payments from the delegated budget improperly. This article explores the case (Brent LBC v Davies and others) and comments on whether the ruling may also apply to MATs.

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Liability for School buildings

A recent report that school buildings constructed by Western Building Services in Ireland have been forced to close due to maintenance and safety concerns has put back on the agenda the issue of who is responsible for any injuries caused by poorly maintained school buildings.

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Data leak by disgruntled employee - Employer liable?

On 12 January 2014, a disgruntled employee at Morrisons Supermarket, Andrew Skelton, posted online the payroll data for 99,998 employees of Morrisons. This included NI numbers, names, addresses, date of birth, gender, bank sort codes, bank account numbers, and salary. The employees affected brought a class action against Morrisons on the basis that Morrisons was ‘vicariously’ liable for the criminal actions of a rogue employee in disclosing personal information. This was despite Morrisons taking preventative steps and the employee concerned being convicted of a criminal offence.

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Brief Alerts December 2018

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  • Exclusions Violence Against Teachers
  • Consultation on School Security Guidance
  • Consultation on Mandatory Reporting of Forced Marriage
  • Curriculum Slides from Ofsted
  • Illegal schools
  • Fire Risk
  • The ‘Little Extra’ Money
  • Cyber Problems
  • Data
  • Bullying
  • Uniform Costs
  • Vicarious Liability - Staff Parties
  • Data 2
  • Thoughts for the Christmas Quiz 
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