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Restricting exit payments in the public sector

04 Aug 2020

As most public sector organisations will be aware, the Government has been considering a cap on public sector exit payments of £95,000 since 2015. In April 2019, the government launched a further consultation on draft Regulations to introduce the cap and the consultation closed on 3 July 2019. The…

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Exam Results and Subject Access Requests

08 Jul 2020

Following the announcement that the government has cancelled this summer's exams due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exam regulator, Ofqual has confirmed that it will award GCSE and A-Level grades by a combination of teacher assessment, class ranking and the past performance of the school.…

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Employment law implications for academy conversions

06 Jul 2020

Background Despite the ongoing upheaval that has been caused by Covid-19 and in particular the upheaval that this has caused for schools there are some things which continue on as normal. At Forbes Solicitors we are experienced in navigating the academy conversion or rebrokerage process and…

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Travel and self-isolation: How will this affect schools?

06 Jul 2020

On 8 June 2020, the rules on travel changed, bringing in the obligation on individuals to provide details of their journey to the UK, contact details and where they will be staying. In addition, individuals travelling/ returning to the UK will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This…

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Full re-opening for Education

06 Jul 2020

Guidance was issued on 2 July 2020 for a full reopening of schools, special schools and settings; early years and childcare providers; re-opening of Higher Education buildings and the Further Education sector. The guidance is quite detailed and varies slightly between settings. For most it will be…

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Academies Financial Handbook 2020 Update

02 Jul 2020

As you may be aware, a new handbook was released last week to be effective from 1 September 2020. Academy trusts must comply with this handbook as a condition of their funding agreements. The thought behind it is that managing your resources well will help you be accountable and enable you to get…

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Chancellor's further changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

10 Jun 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was announced shortly after the government put restrictions in place in an attempt to contain spread of the virus. The scheme, aimed at preventing as many job loses as possible, allowing businesses to weather the storm with the least amount of damage as possible…

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DfE issues updated guidance for secondary schools

08 Jun 2020

On 24 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced the reopening of secondary schools from 15 June 2020 to year 10 and year 12 pupils and to plan on this basis. Yesterday evening, the Department for Education (DfE) published updated guidance and outlined expectations for mainstream and alternative…

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