We look at the key highlights for multi academy trusts from the DfE’s School and Trust Governance Investigative Report.
Value-for-money is a daily concern, driven by funding constraints and compliance. So what are the key considerations for academy trusts and CEOs?
The Secretary of State has directed that remote education shall be a legal requirement. So what does this mean for schools and trusts?
As a former academy trust CEO is barred from school management, we look at the lessons that can be learned.
As covid restrictions flux and local lockdowns increase, agile governance is ever more important. What does this mean for schools and academy trusts?
Unfair to dismiss for reputational damage when this was not put to the teacher as a formal allegation.
Following lockdown and the phased and full opening of schools, we look at the importance of ensuring your contracts are up-to-date.
We look at how students might request grading information from schools and colleges following results day and how to deal with such requests.
A court case has confirmed that members of charitable companies are fiduciaries and owe duties as such. We look at what this means for academy trusts.
This article touches on governance, charity law and conflicts.
The Black Lives Matter movement has made diversity a focus for schools and trusts. We look at the Charity Governance Code and how this can help you.
This article explores the use of DPIAs in schools, when they must be used and tips on undertaking a meaningful assessment of data protection risks.
The following guide summarises the key requirements that members and boards of academy trusts must satisfy when making decisions.
The new Academies Financial Handbook has been published which will be effective from 1st September 2020. We look here at what it means for your trust.
Sixth form colleges are governed by corporations or academy trusts, as exempt charities. We explore what this means and complying with their duties.
The history of the trade union movement evidences the impact unions have had on protecting the health, safety and welfare of staff.
Wrigleys Solicitors and Satis Education partner up to provide a comprehensive service for academy trusts.
We look here at whether schools and academy trusts must comply with DfE guidance on the phased wider opening of schools from 1 June 2020.
We summarise here the key elements of the phased wider opening of schools from 1 June 2020, announced by the Government on 11 May 2020.
We look here at the changes to admissions appeals procedures being introduced by the DfE in response to Covid-19.
Many independent schools are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions.
With schools closed, exams cancelled and new guidance issued on almost a daily basis schools are adapting quickly to deal with the current crisis.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a "black swan" event and lockdown, social distancing and self isolation are the immediate consequences for individuals.
The Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) has recently issued reprimands to two schools.
It's been almost two years since the GDPR came into force. We look at its impact and the ways schools can develop best practice in data protection.
We look here at what it means for a school or academy trust to be an exempt charity and how they can comply with their duties.
We look here at the pledges for schools in the Brexit Party's 'Contract with the People', published on Friday.
We look here at the key Labour Party pledges for schools and the National Education Service, following publication of their manifesto yesterday.
We look here at the key Liberal Democrat pledges for schools and the early years following publication of their manifesto yesterday.
Given the uncertain election outcome and the chance that the Greens may find themselves in coalition with Labour and the SNP, it is worth a read.
We look here at the manifesto pledges schools can expect to see ahead of the General Election on 12th December.
Why schools might be cautiously optimistic going into the new year.
We look here at the key messages from the latest ESFA letter to accounting officers of academy trusts to help you plan and prepare for what's coming.
The key findings and recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion and the impact on exclusions and behaviour management in practice.
An agreed exit for school staff via a settlement agreement may be trickier than you think…
Marie-Louise Hamilton has been appointed managing partner and will start the role in May 2019.
Assessing the implications of an absence of affordable housing for teachers, and considering how schools' surplus land could provide solutions.
Looking at the increasing trend for local authorities to charge for exclusions and the legality of this under the relevant funding regulations.
School successfully challenges council's alteration of an Education and Health Care Plan and naming of an unsuitable school
The disqualification by association rules no longer apply to those working in schools and nurseries.
We take a look here at what was new in the key policy announcements made by Damian Hinds in his speech to the Conservative Party Conference.
We take a look here at what we can learn from the speech by the Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, to the Labour Party Conference.
Disabled children with a tendency to abuse others physically should not fall outside the protection of discrimination legislation
From the 1 August 2018, important changes are being made to the automatic disqualification rules for charity trustees.
What circumstances mean an academy trust may need to set up a subsidiary company to carry out trading activity, in order to comply with charity law?
Paying holiday pay at the rate of 12.07% of pay may not always comply with contractual or statutory entitlements.
The first stage of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard came into force in April 2018, affecting schools that act as landlords for their properties.
New statutory guidance on "Keeping Children Safe in Education" is expected to be in place for 3 September 2018.
Senior staff may have an implied contractual duty to disclose relationships with sex offenders to assist the governors in their safeguarding duties
Tribunal criticises academy trust for imposing behaviour policy at the expense of a disabled pupil's education
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King, has stated that 80% of the EHC plan complaints received by his office have been upheld
A summary of some of the more interesting and important employment cases concerning schools over the last 12 months.
We consider the potential TUPE risks for a Multi Academy Trust which takes day to day control of a school before the transfer date.
This article discusses the importance of a strong governing board, to act as a check and a balance on executive decision making.
What do schools need to look out for and do differently to other organisations?
Many academy trusts raise additional funds to supplement government funding. This article covers points to consider when looking at income generation.
Court of Appeal holds that girls and boys in an Islamic state school are discriminated against by being segregated throughout the school day.
With victims of modern slavery in England likely to number over 10,000, we consider supply chain transparency requirements for academy trusts.
Strong and stable might no longer be a fashionable phrase, but that's exactly what good governance of academy trusts is all about.
When the chalk-face meets the thin blue line: handling police involvement with school staff.
In this article, we look at who the members of an academy trust are, what they do, and what they should consider when making decisions.
A reminder of the issues that can arise with school accommodation and how to deal with them.
New term, new AFH. Tim Wrigley looks at the latest edition.
We summarise the elements of GDPR that are specific for schools and academies. We highlight what is important to be aware of and what to prepare for.
A reminder of when academies need ESFA consent.
Was a job applicant with Asperger's Syndrome discriminated against by being required to sit a psychometric test? Yes, held the EAT
Scenario: A case study of how a school encountered problems when ramping up its fundraising activities and guidance on how you can keep to the rules.
From 6 April 2017, many schools will be required to pay the new Apprenticeship Levy. We recommend 4 practical steps to take now.
Yes, maybe. Schools should be aware that an unclear COT3 settlement agreement could allow an employee to bring future employment tribunal claims.
A reminder to schools & charities following an inquiry that found a charity had permitted its website and social media to promote terrorist causes.
From April 2017, new regulations set a target number of apprenticeship starts for public sector employers of 2.3% of their total workforce.
Solicitor Stuart Armstrong of SV Armstrong has developed a Health & Safety Leadership Checklist as an introduction for those managing academies.
In a report relevant for academies and maintained schools, an ICO investigation concluded that charities had breached the Data Protection Act.
High Court rules draft Ofsted report was wrong to label segregation of girls and boys discriminatory.
Actions required for ALL schools following key changes to statutory safeguarding guidance from September 2016.
Reminders and good practice tips for securing value for money both at procurement and during the life of major contracts.
Schools that have salary sacrifice schemes as a benefit for staff paying school fees can take part in the government consultation on proposed reforms.
Employers who use the £30,000 tax exemption on termination payments are invited to consult on the proposed reforms.
Guidance to schools on balancing community relationships when expansion and development is opposed.
Academy trusts are companies and as such are subject to statutory reporting obligations under the Companies Acts.
Guidance from DfE updated on 1 July for employers, governing bodies, school leaders and staff in maintained schools and academies.
A brief look at recent charity law and company law developments which are of relevance to independent schools.
Despite the change of Government policy, we consider the reasons why it is likely that academisation will continue to accelerate.
What are the likely effects of a Brexit on those UK employment laws of most relevance to the independent school sector?
What do bursars need to know about the taxation of payments to employees on the termination of their employment?
When might a member of school staff be making a disclosure in the public interest and so be protected under employment legislation?
What should be considered before dismissing school staff who have been employed for less than two years?
Recent reports have highlighted the difficulties schools face when parents become involved in these disputes.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that an employer was "vicariously liable" for the actions of its employee in an unprovoked attack on a customer.
Handling negative comments, complaints and criticisms about the school or staff made on social media can be a minefield for the leadership team.
An employer who reasonably believed that an employee was lying about his symptoms was entitled to find gross misconduct.
A recent Employment Tribunal case highlights the need for schools to be aware of the possible duty to make reasonable adjustments for dyslexic staff.
Following a meeting with the DfE this week, we confirm a short update for Sixth Form Colleges.
Schools hold large amounts of personal data relating to pupils and staff, which makes them particularly vulnerable to data breaches through hacking.
The DfE issued new guidance seeking to clarify who legally constitutes a parent, their rights, and the school's responsibilities towards individuals.
As a charity, occupying and using school premises for school purposes, academies are entitled to an 80% reduction in their business rates.
A recent case resulted in a £2 million fine to the landowner following the death of a boy critically injured whilst trespassing.
The Bill has now been through the detailed amendments process in Parliament and is now unlikely to change significantly before it becomes law.
We look at academy disclosure requirements - an area where some academies unwittingly fall short, particularly in relation to information on websites
DfE has added to its academy funding agreements to make provision for coasting.
Two recent changes relating to the treatment of holiday pay are important for schools and academies to note.
Wrigleys celebrates another successful year for its trainee recruitment process, and welcomes Trusts and Estates specialist solicitor Kieran McIvor.
A group of our staff cycled 40 miles across the Yorkshire hills, between the Sheffield and Leeds offices to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.
A reminder to academy schools of some of the key requirements and available resources.
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act arrived with little fanfare but there are points to note for the company secretary.
A FAQ guide to how the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies to academies
If you have been lucky enough to receive Condition Improvement Funding or other funding for building works, here are a few things to think about.
Friday will see thousands of people across the globe spend a working day volunteering for good causes in their local community
A short roundup for schools on legal developments that you may have missed over the Spring term.
The DfE has recently published new model funding agreements for both single and multi academy mainstream academies and free schools.
We are delighted to share the news that Matthew Wrigley received the Presidents' Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.
Yes – says the High Court in the case of Camurat v Thurrock Borough Council (July 2014)
The DfE has now released the draft membership Rules for the RPA for academies. This article considers the position and advises a way forward.
What are the main legal issues a school should consider when establishing or running a bursary campaign?
The community right to bid was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 which allows the Academy Trust to make an application to the Local Authority to register land of "community value" (which can be either private or public land). The land must have been used or is currently used for furthering social well-being or social interests of the local community and will continue to do so to be registered as land of community value e.g. a community centre. If the land is subsequently registered as being of community value and that land was ever for sale then the Academy Trust would be notified and given a right to bid on the land.