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.
Education Provision & Safeguarding
The recent inquiry report into the Birmingham Diocesan Trust (“BDT”) has once again highlighted issues relating to safeguarding and good governance. The Charity Commission launched an investigation in December 2018, after the trustees were unable to reassure it that they were managing risks to the charity’s beneficiaries promptly or robustly enough.
Acas and Stone King LLP are pleased to announce a new series of Acas Education Forum workshops for HR professionals, Business Managers and members of a Governing Body and/or Trust Board. The Forum, now in its second year, will be hosting a series of workshops centred on 'Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim' - we are inviting you to join us.
Across the series, Employment Law Specialist James Barratt and Acas Trainer Mike Fenn, will equip you with the required skills to place yourself in the strongest position to prepare and assist you in defending and winning a Tribunal claim.
- Workshop - Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim
The first workshop will cover (6 November):
- ACAS Pre-Conciliation; process and time limits
- Drafting the Employer’s defence
- Preliminary applications and Tribunal Orders
- Disclosure exercises, drafting witness statements, bundle preparation
Our second workshop will cover (date to be confirmed):
- The Tribunal Hearing
- Giving Evidence
- Cost applications
- Date & Location
Wednesday 6 November
Mercure Bristol Holland House,
10.00am: Registration and refreshments
10:45am: Seminar starts
12.00pm: Seminar ends (followed by networking)
This event is free of charge.
Earlier this year the first new guidance on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in almost 20 years was issued by the Department for Education.
The new regime will make RSE compulsory in all secondary schools, including those in the independent sector, from September 2020. Primary schools across all sectors will also be required to teach Relationships Education. While not compulsory, the Government also recommends that primary pupils are provided with an age-appropriate programme of sex education.
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. Whilst not aimed at independent schools, it nonetheless provides a helpful list of generic indicators and/or risk factors associated with potential fraud. It also highlights that due to the nature of fraud, the indicators/risk factors listed are not designed to be an exclusive list but instead may be helpful for use as a checklist where concerns exists that fraudulent activity may be taking place.
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? The answer to this thorny question is best answered by running through the series of questions set out below:-
The Department for Education (the “DfE”) has published its non-statutory guidance “Teaching online safety in schools” which aims to support schools in teaching pupils in an age and developmentally appropriate way, how they can stay safe online. Whilst not aimed at independent schools, it nonetheless provides useful guidance and should be considered when developing a whole school approach to online safety.