Further Education

Further Education

Acas Education Forum: South West - Bristol - 06.11.2019

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): 

  • Settlements
  • The Tribunal Hearing  
  • Giving Evidence
  • Judgements
  • Cost applications 
Date & Location

Wednesday 6 November 

Mercure Bristol Holland House,
Redcliffe Hill,


10.00am:    Registration and refreshments
10:30am:    Introductions
10:45am:    Seminar starts
12.00pm:    Seminar ends (followed by networking)


James Barratt | Mike Fenn (Acas)


This event is free of charge. 

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

Academisation option reopened for sixth-form colleges

The Department for Education (“DfE”) has officially reopened the option for sixth-form colleges (“SFCs”) to convert to academy status. To date, 23 SFCs have taken the opportunity to convert to become 16 to 19 academies as part of the area review process. The window to do so closed in March 2019 but, in response to demand, academisation is once again on the table. This development follows rigorous campaigning by the Sixth Form Colleges Association, and is regarded as a welcome development in the sector.

Why we love Yorkshire!

In celebration of Yorkshire Day, 1 August, Stone King’s Leeds office is taking a moment to consider what makes Yorkshire a special place to live and work. 

Polly O’Malley, Partner in Stone King’s Employment Team, says she loves working in Yorkshire because of the vibrant professional and personal life it offers.

Augar Review Report– will the ‘Cinderella sector’ find its glass slipper?

The Augar Review into Post 18 Education and funding was published 30 May 2019. Augar said the report’s proposals seek to “rebuild further education, for too long the Cinderella sector, and see technical and vocational education as a means of addressing the country’s skills gap”. The report contains a number of recommendations about the future of higher and further education provision.

For the further education sector, these include:

Stone King is pleased to support the Love Our Colleges Week of Activity

Love Our Colleges Week of Activity, runs from Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May. The week aims to highlight the work colleges in England which collectively educate and train 2.2 million people every year.

During the week colleges are holding events and inviting local business partners to see the skills they help bring to the community. The campaign also wants to see the Chancellor ensuring meaningful and sustainable investment of colleges in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

ACAS Education Forum: West Midlands - Birmingham - 09.04.2019

Employment and Immigration Law Seminar

Keep up-to-date on relevant developments in the sector. Surinder Kaur Dhillon, our specialist employment lawyer, together with colleagues from ACAS, will deliver the Employment law update session on case law specific to the sector and new developments which have practical impact on the day-to-day operation of schools.

Julie Moktadir, our immigration specialist, looks at the impact of Brexit for employers and what challenges there will be in the short- and longer-term. Julie will also discuss recent changes to Right to Work checks, and how to ensure compliance.

Date & Location

Wednesday 9 April 2019
Stone King LLP (ihub 4th Floor), Colmore Gate, 2-6 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QD.


09:30am: Registration and refreshments
09:50am: Welcome and introduction
10:00am - 11:00am: Employment Law Update with Surinder Dhillon
11:00am - 11:15am: Refreshments
11:15am - 12:30pm: Immigration Law Update with Julie Motkadir
12:30pm: Finish


Julie Moktadir | Surinder Dhillon


This event is free to attend.

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.


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