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Forbes Solicitors

Education eNews

June 2016

Welcome to Forbes' Education eNewsletter

Our aim is to keep you updated on the latest news and legal developments. We will also keep you updated on our latest seminars, news and un-missable practical guides on a range of employment issues in the Education Sector.

Save the Date - Lancashire Education Forum        

The next Lancashire Education Forum will be on the 6th October at Samlesbury Hall.

The case of Calliope Tardios

Most schools will be aware of the challenges that social media plays in the bullying of pupils. But what of teachers? Take the case of Calliope Tardios, who is head teacher of St John's Preparatory School. She was subject to a social media campaign by a disgruntled parent, Pamella Linton, who made unfounded allegations read the full article please click here.

Advertising available positions internally only

There is no specific legal obligation to advertise positions either internally or externally or in any particular way at all: it is an organisational decision to make. However, there are a few potential risks to be aware of in choosing how read the full article please click here.

Contracting out - Are you covered?

All schools have a risk management policy, do regular risk assessments and have the safety of the pupils as their highest priority but does your risk management process cover all eventualities? In a case which has been rumbling along for several years Essex County Council as Local Education Authority were held liable for the catastrophic injuries to a pupil during a read the full article please click here.

 ABC v West Heath 2000 Ltd & Whillock - Teacher and School's Liability for "sexting"

A Claimant has been awarded £25,000 by the High Court for the psychological harm caused to her by being encouraged to send explicit, sexual text messages and images of herself to the Vice-Principal and Child Protection Officer at a Special Educational Needs School that she read the full article please click here.

Questions we have been asked over the past month and our top tips

Q: Can I insist that employees undertake training? If they refuse, what are our options?

Generally speaking attending training sessions are a requirement in any professional job to ensure continued professional development. Certainly under the Standard Teachers Terms and read the full article please click here.

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