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Heads Up! Autumn 2017

After a very busy summer, I am delighted to be writing to you at the beginning of the new year with a review of recent legal developments and news about what we are working on. The team have been involved in a number of high profile instructions of late, involving Cheating and Exam Malpractice, Admissions and Complaints and Challenging Ofsted.

(Publication Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017)

Heads Up! December 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Heads Up! - our review of legal issues currently affecting schools and academies.

(Publication Date: Fri 16 Dec 2016)

Academy Trust Governance: The role of members and “persons with significant control”

All academy trusts (“Trusts”) are private companies limited by guarantee and are therefore subject to company law and specifically the provisions of the Companies Act 2006. The Articles of Association form the Trust’s constitution and are in effect a contract between the company and its members (there are no fines for noncompliance with the Articles). As an exempt charity (i.e. exempt from registration) the Trust is also subject to charity law and the provisions of the Charities Act 2011. The principal regulator is the Secretary of State for Education (“SoS”).

(Publication Date: Wed 20 Apr 2016)

Heads Up! Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer Term edition of Heads Up! - a review of legal issues currently affecting schools and academies. The main topic of conversation for anyone involved in education is of course the White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere published on 17th March. Whilst not a formal consultation document, the Department will, no doubt, welcome feedback.

(Publication Date: Wed 20 Apr 2016)

Good procurement guide for schools and academies

With increasing pressures on budgets, it is more important than ever for schools and academy trusts to adopt a strategic approach to procurement. To help achieve this, the Department for Education (‘DfE’) have published its 'Schools Buying Strategy' document which outlines how it intends to support schools to save over £1 billion a year by 2019-20 on their nonstaff spend.

(Publication Date: Sat 30 Jan 2016)

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