Forbes Solicitors
Education eNews April 2017


Supreme Court overturns High Court ruling on term time holidays

Isle of Wight Council v Platt [2017] UKSC 28

On 6 April 2017 the Supreme Court delivered its judgment, overturning the decision of the High Court which was that Mr Platt had not breached s444(1) of the Education Act 1996, as his daughter's attendance was otherwise regular notwithstanding the term time absence.


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Questions we've been asked this month

Q. What can be done if a parent and/or member of staff is speaking unfavourably about the School on Social Media?

A. The situation is slightly different for a parent as it is for a member of staff. Where a member of staff is speaking unfavourably about the School on Social Media, this could be a disciplinary matter depending on the circumstances. The School should have in place a Social Media Policy which sets standards for staff to adhere to in respect of Social Media, and thereby any breach of the Policy could be considered misconduct and so should be dealt with under the relevant Disciplinary procedures. It is important that staff are aware of Social Media policies, and know what is expected of them on such forums.



Save the Dates

Our Lancashire Education forums are on the following dates at Samlesbury Hall;

Wednesday 17th May - Programme below

Thursday 9th November 2017

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Thursday 10th May 2018



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Lancashire Education Forum

8.00am - 10.30am, Wednesday 17th May 2017
Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UP

08.00am    Registration and breakfast

08.30am    Welcome

08.35am    LASBM Update

08.45am    Top Ten for Schools’ Finance - Martin Owen, Finance Support Officer, Forbes Solicitors
This session will look at what is the current and latest thinking in the world of education finance.

09.15am    Contracts and Cash flow - John Pickervance, Associate, Corporate & Commercial
This session will explore how schools and education providers can use contracts to improve their cash flow position and introduce rights and remedies, which can minimise and mitigate financial risk. The session will cover a variety of Contractual situations, including both suppliers and customers.

09.45am    Managing your employee costs - Ruth Rule-Mullen, Partner, Employment & HR
This session will look at the challenges which are currently being faced by schools in respect of managing employees in light of budgetary restraints, and will aim to address ways in which to
pre-empt and deal with these challenges effectively.

10.15am    Questions

10.30am    Close

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