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Considerations for primary schools thinking of reopening

29 May 2020

In an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus, schools were relatively suddenly closed on the 20th March 2020, save for children in priority groups. The government has now announced that as of the 1st of June there will be a staggered return of children to school. Whilst many Councils have said…

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Back to School Briefcase

22 May 2020

Every sector and business is faced with finding out what the new normal looks like and we are here to assist those in the Education sector through that process. To achieve this and help best protect yourselves, colleagues, pupils and everyone's families, we have developed a briefcase of useful…

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ICO Publishes Guidance for Workplace Testing

18 May 2020

The ICO has published 'Workplace Testing - Guidance for Employers' in order to assist employers considering introducing workplace testing in a bid to make workplaces safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The starting point is that as long as there is a good reason for doing so,…

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Prime Minister announces the conditional reopening of Schools

11 May 2020

Further to the article on the possible phased return of schools published in our e-newsletter, which you will have received last week, the following sets out the key developments to be aware of( https://www.forbessolicitors.co.uk/news/46969/27/preparing-for-the-return-of-staff-postlockdown ).…

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Preparing for the return of staff post-lockdown

06 May 2020

The country has been enduring with a period of lockdown since the Prime Minister's announcement back on 23 March 2020 and now, a number weeks later the conversation in the media, government and amongst businesses and schools is turning towards a possible easing of restrictions and movement towards…

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School Letter Breached Data Protection Act

05 May 2020

Last week, the High Court published a judgment where a school that sent a letter to parents regarding the disruptive behavioural issues of a disabled pupil, designed to reassure them that staff were able to deal with the behaviour appropriately, was liable for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998,…

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Covid-19: Exams and Subject Access Requests

22 Apr 2020

Following the announcement that the government has cancelled this summer's exams due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exam regulator, Ofqual, has launched a consultation on proposals to award pupils with a calculated grade. Ofqual proposes to award GCSE and A-Level grades by a combination of teacher…

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COVID-19 - Updated Safeguarding Guidance

06 Apr 2020

The Department for Education ("DfE") has published updated safeguarding guidance for schools, colleges and other education providers in light of the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The guidance is applicable to all schools, academies, independent schools, maintained nursery…

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Stay informed: connect with other teachers and school staff

31 Mar 2020

During these difficult times connecting with one another is so important for our well-being. Solicitor, Josh Burke, will appear on the first in a series of interactive webinars hosted by Edapt to help support those in the education sector through this difficult period. The webinars are to help…

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