From the 1 August 2018, important changes are being made to the automatic disqualification rules for charity trustees.
Paying holiday pay at the rate of 12.07% of pay may not always comply with contractual or statutory entitlements.
What do charities need to consider to demonstrate responsible management?
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.
Headteacher should have disclosed her relationship with a child sex offender even though she had no statutory duty to do so
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
We consider the potential TUPE risks for a Multi Academy Trust which takes day to day control of a school before the transfer date.
What do schools need to look out for and do differently to other organisations?
Could your school be contravening the Equality Act 2010 by not admitting a transgender pupil?
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.
Strong and stable might no longer be a fashionable phrase, but that's exactly what good governance of academy trusts is all about.
Wrigleys team up with data protection expert to provide practical training for schools
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.
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
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.
Tim Wrigley considers the future for schools MATs and governing bodies.
With great power, comes great responsibility. How true is this for governance of academies and schools?
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.
Many schools will need to be ready for the new rules on reporting pay statistics for men and women from as early as April 2017.
A reminder about the legal restrictions there are on what you can do with an academy's land and buildings.
We look at the movement in schools towards non gender specific policies and procedures.
Not necessarily, said the Scottish Court of Session (Inner House).
In this article, we consider the wider implications of sexting on children, teachers and parents.
How will the new rules on reporting pay statistics for men and women affect larger independent schools?
When might a member of school staff be making a disclosure in the public interest and so be protected under employment legislation?
What are the key factors leading to the increased cost of employing school staff?
What should be considered before dismissing school staff who have been employed for less than two years?
What are the likely effects of a Brexit on those UK employment laws of most relevance to the independent school sector?
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.
Recent reports have highlighted the difficulties schools face when parents become involved in these disputes.
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.
The DfE issued new guidance seeking to clarify who legally constitutes a parent, their rights, and the school's responsibilities towards individuals.
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.
The new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework comes into effect in September.
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
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)
Many schools struggle with the question whether or when to convert to academy status.
The DfE has now released the draft membership Rules for the RPA for academies. This article considers the position and advises a way forward.
A view on the Department for Education's new Risk Protection Arrangement.
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.