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Merging Academy Trusts

In December 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) launched its good practice guidance for multi academy trusts (MATs).

(Publication Date: Thu 02 Feb 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)

Preventing extremism in schools: the legal duties and implications

On December 22nd 2015 the Department for Education launched a consultation on revisions to the statutory guidance on keeping children safe in education. A key focus of the consultation is online safety and the threat posed from extremist material. School leaders have become increasingly aware of the risks to pupils, staff and the wider community of radicalisation. To assist schools with their response to this consultation and in satisfying their duty to prevent pupils from being drawn into terrorism, Grebot Donnelly and Winckworth Sherwood have produced a White Paper which seeks to offer advice, observations and specific comments from a legal and PR perspective.

(Publication Date: Tue 19 Jan 2016)

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