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The use of fixed-term contracts in schools

Fixed-term contracts are commonly used in school for a variety of reasons, however it is not always appreciated that the termination of a fixed-term contract is  a dismissal in law and therefore can be potentially contentious. To reduce the risk of challenge there are a few basic rules that schools can follow. Firstly, to be… Read more »

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Teachers’ Pay and Conditions 2018 Update

  We are still waiting for the publication of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2018 following the recommendation from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). Just to recap, the STRB recommended a 3.5 per cent uplift to pay to be applied equally to all salaries and allowances, however on 24 July 2018, the Secretary of… Read more »

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 The Department for Education statutory guidance on keeping Children Safe in Education has been updated and a revised document came into force with effect from 3 September 2018. The revised document requires schools to have an individual policy which takes into consideration the relevant setting of the school. It… Read more »

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What are the current rates for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage?

The government has announced the following increases to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage with effect from 1 April 2018 Changes to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage from April 2018   Age April 2017 April 2018 25 years and over £7.50 £7.83 21-24 £7.05 £7.38 18-20 £5.60 £5.90 Under… Read more »

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How can we control staff sickness absence in school?

How can we control staff sickness absence in school? It is that time of the year again when levels of staff sickness absence rise, however there are some simple steps you can take to help your school manage attendance issues more effectively. Ensure that you have an up-to-date and written Sickness Absence or Attendance Policy… Read more »

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Childcare Voucher Scheme

From April 2018, the current childcare voucher schemes will be closing to new applicants. Employees who have already signed up to a company’s scheme will be eligible to continue to receive vouchers after this time, however they will not be able to rejoin the scheme if they leave it and will not be able to… Read more »

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Shared Parental Leave – sex discrimination claim upheld

A father who was refused enhanced Shared Parental Pay has had his complaint of direct sex discrimination upheld by an Employment Tribunal. In the case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd, Mr Ali applied for Shared Parental Leave to commence immediately following his 2 weeks ordinary paternity leave. He was however told that he… Read more »

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High Court rule teacher suspension was not a neutral act

A recent High Court ruling illustrates that immediately suspending an employee accused of serious misconduct without establishing the facts can lead to a claim for breach of contract (Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth) Ms Agoreyo, a teacher, was accused of three instances of using unreasonable force towards two children in her class who were… Read more »

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Employment Tribunal fees withdrawn

In a landmark ruling on 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court determined that the tribunal fees system first introduced in 2003 was unlawful. It followed a case brought by Unison in which it was argued that the fees prevented or deterred workers from accessing the justice system. As a result of the Supreme Court ruling… Read more »

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Data Protection Reform (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK with effect from 25 May 2018. Whilst the principles are broadly similar to the current Data Protection Act, the GDPR provides greater transparency and accountability with regard to the collection, processing and use of personal data. Personal data is defined as any information that… Read more »

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