Archived Legal Articles from 2020

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Exam Results and Subject Access Requests


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.…

Employment law implications for academy conversions


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…

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


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…

Full re-opening for Education


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…

Academies Financial Handbook 2020 Update


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


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…

DfE issues updated guidance for secondary schools


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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Considerations for primary schools thinking of reopening


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…

Back to School Briefcase


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…

ICO Publishes Guidance for Workplace Testing


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,…

Prime Minister announces the conditional reopening of Schools


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( ).…

Preparing for the return of staff post-lockdown


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…

School Letter Breached Data Protection Act


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


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…

COVID-19 - Updated Safeguarding Guidance


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


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…

COVID-19 and Apprenticeships


COVID-19 is resulting in difficult times for apprentices, employers and providers of apprenticeship training, creating unprecedented and unique challenges to the usual quality and delivery of apprenticeships. The government is continuing to provide support and assistance, seeing the Education and Skills…

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