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Our Forbes Educate bespoke training packages are designed to equip school leaders with the essential knowledge required to manage day-to-day legal issues within the education sector, with a view to minimising the need for costly legal advice and avoiding the necessity for complex legal intervention at a later stage. Our sessions are aimed at ensuring delegates are furnished with the knowledge base they need to be up to date with legal requirements and to recognise potential pitfalls as and when they arise, in order to ensure that staff, parent, student and pupil relationships can be managed appropriately and effectively in a timely and cost effective manner.

Our training packages allow us to become an integral part of your management team, sharing our knowledge and expertise with your staff.


Clarifying Governance Issues

Our Commercial experts take you through the current governance issues affecting your organisation including how to approach projects and risk, Directors' Duties including the magnificent seven (Companies Act 2006 ss171-178), and introduction to corporate governance (aimed at new MAT board members) and the requirements surrounding minutes, resolutions and meetings.

Contracting with Third Parties

Simplifying third party contracting

This session deals with the issues and pitfalls which both for profit and not for profit businesses need to be aware of when entering into contracts with third parties. It will provide delegates with an overview of when and how a contract is formed, when it may be beneficial to have one in writing and negotiation tactics. The session also covers the different types of clauses that may be included within a third party contract, drawing upon case studies from within the education sector.

Data protection & GDPR

The Essentials in Education

This session provides an overview of the obligations on education institutions in relation to GDPR and Data Protection. A detailed and wide ranging session, it can be tailored to your specific requirements to include training in relation to issues such as:

  • Information Sharing & GDPR

  • Data protection and the Police - getting the information that you need

  • Data protection and the medical profession

  • Data security breaches - what to do

  • Data Protection & GDPR for DPOs

  • Information Sharing Agreements - the pitfalls of bad drafting

  • Third party disclosure in legal proceedings

  • Subject Access Requests

  • Data Protection and CCTV

  • Timely destruction of data

Mock Data Breach Event

In this session we set out a data breach scenario and follow through the necessary steps that would be required in the event of a personal data breach. We take you through:

  • The immediate steps to take to mitigate the damage

  • When you need to make a report to the ICO

  • Who else needs to be notified

  • How to deal with any disciplinary matters

  • Defending claims for compensation

  • Lessons learned - including what could be done differently, updating policies and procedures, and reporting to governors

Navigating Freedom of Information issues for Educational Institutions

In this instructive session we explain the application of FOIA to educational institutions, consider how FOIA and Data Protection interact, and equip you how to identify and handle FOIA requests.

The application of the Environmental Information Regulations in the Education Sector

This informative session offers an overview of the EIR and their application to educational establishments, how the EIR and Data Protection interact, and how to identify and handle EIR requests.

Employment & HR

Appeals Handling

Removing uncertainty surrounding the appeal process

This session is aimed at those delegates involved in dealing with appeals against disciplinary/grievance matters. Keenly focussed on the problems that arise in an education context, it provides an overview of the importance of the appeal process, looking at relevant case law and providing genuine "hands on" tips.

Appraisals and Pay Appeals

Clarifying and streamlining the appraisal and pay appeal process

This session is designed to set out the key requirements for appraising the performance of teachers employed at educational establishments. In particular, reference is made to the assessment and reporting requirements to be followed to ensure delegates are aware of their duties when conducting an appraisal. Regulations relating to pay progression, performance related pay and their implications are also considered, adopting a practical approach to provide delegates with the confidence necessary to deal with reviews.

Conduct and Capability

Performance management in the face of growing challenges and strains in the educational sector

An interactive session designed for School Leadership Teams dealing with staffing issues. The session can be pitched at different levels, tailored to your specific requirements. Heavily interactive, it involves a role playing session in order to illustrate the potential pitfalls and problems that can be encountered on a daily basis when dealing with conduct and capability matters.

Equality and Diversity

Facilitating a fair, inclusive and diverse workplace

This session is designed to highlight the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on the workplace and to navigate the various legislative provisions governing this area of law. Recent case law is summarised in order to give delegates a full flavour of current equality and diversity issues in the workplace. The session draws on real life examples drawn from our extensive experience advising educational establishments in order to provide highly specific, relevant training.

General Legal Update

Current legal developments affecting your setting

This is a general update session that can be run on a six monthly or yearly basis in order to provide School Leadership Teams with a general update of the most important developments in education law. The session can focus on specific developments pertinent to your setting, or take the form of a general over view.

Mock Investigation

Simplifying the process, procedure and pitfalls of the investigatory process

Conducting an investigation can often seem confusing and overwhelming. Our interactive and informative Mock Investigation sessions are designed to simplify and clarify the investigative process and provide delegates with the confidence and knowledge required to conduct investigations in the workplace.

Mock Recruitment

Making the recruitment process work for you

Our interactive mock recruitment session takes you through the whole recruitment process, clearly setting out the potential pitfalls and complications that may be encountered. Our practical and expert advice provides delegates with the knowledge required to make the recruitment process work for you.

Mock Tribunal

Demystifying the Employment Tribunal

We offer a choice of 4 interactive Mock Tribunals covering a wide ambit of employment rights to provide clarity as to Tribunal workings and procedure. This session is aimed to provide delegates with an insight into the Tribunal forum and aims to be as realistic as possible. It encourages delegates to be involved in the decision making process in order to highlight the potential issues that regularly arise in the Employment Tribunal.

Redundancy and Reorganisation

Uses and misuses - navigating the social media minefield

This increasingly popular course reviews the law around the use of social media, incorporating current government guidance to provide educational establishments with confidence in dealing with this increasingly common and difficult area. The course draws on the team's practical experience in advising educational establishments to provide delegates with best practice and practical advice on handling these issues within Schools, Colleges or other educational establishments.

Trade Union Relations

Managing and maintaining Trade Union relations

Leading experts in the latest developments in Trade Union relations, our session aims to equip delegates with the confidence and knowledge to maintain and cultivate constructive relations with staff and Trade Unions and avoid the potential for industrial action.

Transgender in Education

Keeping your workplace up to date with the ever developing law surrounding Transgender rights

This is a current and topical training session covering the legal and practical issues affecting educational institutions arising from transgender pupils, parents/carers and/or staff. We offer a comprehensive and tailored sessions ensuring institutions are up to date with the developing law in this area, and provide practical advice to ensure a positive environment is maintained.

Vicarious liability

Making your employees assets rather than liabilities

The fluid nature of workplaces in the modern world and the added complication of out of work social events can confuse the identification of the limits of employer liability. This session is designed to offer clarity to School Business Leaders as to where their potential liability may start and end. We draw on past experience and the latest case law to provide informative and valuable examples of instances when liability may be incurred to provide the necessary level of knowledge to delegates to manage staff and avoid the potential for claims.


Practical Strategies for improving health and safety standards in the Education sector

This is a session to help you better understand the processes that should be followed when an accident occurs in school. Claims are far more prevalent these days and schools need an understanding of where the focus of accident investigations should be and be aware of the importance of having the correct documentation to hand.

Our sessions can be offered as a bespoke tailored package with a discount for multiple sessions, or on a 'one-off' basis. The sessions can be provided in person, or online in the form of a webinar, and to your individual establishment or in collaboration with other establishments to make the session more cost effective for you. We can also design a specialised training session to accommodate any specific knowledge requirements that you have, or tailor existing sessions to reference your specific policies and procedures. For information regarding the pricing schedule please contact Ruth Rule-Mullen.

Our dedicated Education team


Partner and National Head of Employment & Education, Employment & HR

Jonathan Holden

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Partner and Head of Public Sector Employment, Employment & HR

Ruth Rule-Mullen

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Partner, Employment & HR

Laura McHugh

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Partner, Governance, Procurement & Information

Gemma Duxbury

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