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  • The Charity Commission's New Automatic Disqualification Powers

    08 March 2018

    The government has published updated guidance setting out how the new automatic disqualification rules (which come into effect from 1 August 2018) will restrict who can run charities and how disqualified individuals may apply for waivers in limited circumstances (view). The changes are part of the phased implementation of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016.…

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  • Spring 2018 Update for Schools

    27 February 2018

    Welcome to the Spring 2018 Update for Schools. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date.…

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  • Update to "Searching, Screening and Confiscation" Guidance

    27 February 2018

    On 18 January 2018, the Department for Education (DfE) updated the searching, screening and confiscation guidance for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies. This statutory guidance sets out the power schools have when searching pupils, both with or without consent, and their right to confiscate items found during the searches.…

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  • Keeping Children Safe in Education - Consultation

    27 February 2018

    On 14 December 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) launched a consultation on the proposed changes to “Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE)”. Many of the proposed changes are in response to requests from schools, seeking further clarification, and some are technical. The DfE also asked for views on a new advice document covering sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges. The consultation closed on 22 February 2018.…

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  • Autumn 2017 Update for Schools

    08 November 2017

    Welcome to the Autumn 2017 Update for Schools. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date.…

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  • Working Together to Safeguard Children - Consultation

    02 November 2017

    On 25 October, the government launched a consultation on its proposed changes to the statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’, expected to be published next year and accompanying new regulations. The changes to the guidance are intended to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which became law earlier this year. The consultation closes on 31 December.…

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  • Single Central Record Compliance Checks

    02 November 2017

    Autumn is a common time for schools to review the status of their Single Central Record (“SCR”), with an influx of new teachers and support staff meaning multiple safeguarding checks are required to ensure compliance with the Independent Schools Standards Regulations (“ISSRs”), Keeping Children Safe in Education and the ISI Handbook.…

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  • The Abolition of Employment Tribunal Fees: What Happens Next?

    02 November 2017

    In a landmark decision on 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court abolished fees in the employment tribunal and the EAT. Employment tribunal fees had previously been introduced in July 2013 and claimants were obliged to pay up to £1,200 if they wished to bring a claim. In consequence the number of employment tribunal claims fell by 70% and the public service union, Unison, challenged the system by means of a judicial review. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the fees were unlawful and represented a disproportionate restriction on access to justice. As a result, fees are no longer payable with immediate effect. However, this relatively unexpected development raises a number of questions for schools regarding employment claims that have been brought (or might have been brought) against them in the past four years.…

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  • New Guidance on 'Epipen' Use in Schools

    02 November 2017

    Since 1 October 2017 schools have been able to buy adrenaline auto-injector (‘AAI’) devices (commonly known as ‘EpiPens’) without a prescription, for emergency use in children who are at risk of anaphylaxis, but their own device is not available or not working.…

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