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Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay

Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay

The ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document’ (STPCD) 2020 confirms what uplifts have been made to teachers’ pay in 2020/2021.

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Up-to-speed on: How Ofsted Inspects the Teaching of the Protected Characteristics in Schools

Up-to-speed on: How Ofsted Inspects the Teaching of the Protected Characteristics in Schools

Ofsted has released guidance for its inspectors on evaluating how schools go about meeting their duties in relation to teaching the protected characteristics – this article breaks down the key points.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Testing and Self-isolation Advice to Staff and Parents

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Testing and Self-isolation Advice to Staff and Parents

Schools can use this letter template to inform staff and parents about the latest advice regarding symptoms, self-isolation, getting tested, and the protective measures implemented in school.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Opening School To All Pupils – Governing Board Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Opening School To All Pupils – Governing Board Update

As we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic and schools prepare to open to all pupils, the governing board should be kept up-to-date with the plans for reopening by the headteacher and SLT. This template can be used to provide governors with updates to the school’s plan to open to all pupils.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Risk Assessment for Full Opening in September

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Risk Assessment for Full Opening in September

Schools are being asked to welcome back all pupils from September, ensuring the risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) are managed while doing so. Our template risk assessment has been created in line with DfE guidance.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week we were asked: 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Should governing boards hold meetings remotely when gatherings of more than six people are disallowed?'

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QA of the week

This week we were asked: 'Are schools permitted to cover a pupil’s face in a photograph if they have not given consent for the photograph to be used?'

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QA of the Week

This week we were asked: 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): How should schools operate during a local lockdown?'

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Expert Insight Blog: Exam Results and GDPR – Could you be asked for results early?

Expert Insight Blog: Exam Results and GDPR – Could you be asked for results early?

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with Fusion HR

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Back-to-school Update: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the New Academic Year

Back-to-school Update: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the New Academic Year

We have collated the key government updates into the video below to help get you up-to-speed on changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19), safeguarding, Ofsted and more. Watch our latest video to get caught up on everything that happened over Summer!

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Up-to-speed on: The ‘Contain Framework’, Rota Systems and Restricted Opening

Up-to-speed on: The ‘Contain Framework’, Rota Systems and Restricted Opening

Late on Friday 28th August, the DfE released new guidance on managing local outbreaks, known as the ‘contain framework’, which includes guidance on the potential use of rota systems in secondary schools. To get you up-to-speed, we’ve summarised the key points.

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Up-to-speed on: 28th August Updates to the DfE’s ‘Guidance for Full Opening: Schools’

Up-to-speed on: 28th August Updates to the DfE’s ‘Guidance for Full Opening: Schools’

Late on Friday 28th August, the DfE updated their webpage ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’. To keep you up-to-speed, we’ve summarised the major changes.

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Expert Insight Blog: Top Tips for Online Recruitment

Expert Insight Blog: Top Tips for Online Recruitment

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week we were asked 'Can teachers record live lessons over video feeds?'

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QA of the week

This week, we were asked: 'During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can academy trust trustees’ terms of office be extended if they expire during school holidays?'

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QA of the week

This week, we were asked: 'How does the catch-up package work?'

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QA of the week

This week, we were asked: 'How do we manage staff who cannot or refuse to return to the school site?'

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QA of the week

This week, we were asked: ‘Has the introduction of statutory relationships education, RSE and health education been delayed due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)?'

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QA of the week

This week, we were asked: ‘’What procedures should schools follow when receiving visitors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?’’

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QA of the week

This week, we were asked: " Can schools provide food when they start to reopen from 1 June?”

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Expert Insight Blog - Primary School Catering under Social Distancing Measures

Expert Insight Blog - Primary School Catering under Social Distancing Measures

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with CMC Catering Consultants

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: "Can schools merge their provider access statement and their careers programme information?" Get the answer here!

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QA of the week

This week, we were asked: "What are the statutory requirements for end of year reports during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?' Get the answer here!

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Expert Insight Blog - MAT budgeting: to centralise or not to centralise?

Expert Insight Blog - MAT budgeting: to centralise or not to centralise?

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with Will Jordan - Co-Founder of IMP Software, specialists in MAT budgeting systems.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: "In light of Coronavirus (COVID-19), do schools need to remain open on Good Friday or Easter Monday?” Get the answer here!

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What Schools Need to Know About Changes to Employment Legislation Under the ‘Good Work Plan’

What Schools Need to Know About Changes to Employment Legislation Under the ‘Good Work Plan’

Find out the latest updates and need-to-know information in this informative article

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Coronavirus: Safeguarding Considerations for Pupils Working from Home or in Partially Closed Schools

Coronavirus: Safeguarding Considerations for Pupils Working from Home or in Partially Closed Schools

This article provides schools with the essential safeguarding considerations they need to make whilst they are closed due to coronavirus.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Social Distancing in School

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Social Distancing in School

To help you remain safe and continue to provide an education to pupils who need to continue to attend your school, we have put together this guide on social distancing.

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Cyber Security: Keeping Your Electronic Data Secure

Cyber Security: Keeping Your Electronic Data Secure

Your school keeps all kinds of personal and financial data that scammers would love to get their hands on. That’s why it’s important to protect your data with all the tools at your disposal.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs: Cancellation of Exams and Assessments

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs: Cancellation of Exams and Assessments

The government also decided to cancel all of the exams and assessments that were scheduled to take place this Summer. This article explains how pupils' grades will be calculated and what to expect in coming months.

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Can schools give pupils work to do at home if they have to close due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Can schools give pupils work to do at home if they have to close due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

It is important that schools are prepared for the worst-case scenario. Learn how to prepare for school closure due to coronavirus with this QA.

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Everything You Need to Know About Managing Sabbatical Leave Requests

Everything You Need to Know About Managing Sabbatical Leave Requests

This article breaks down everything school leaders need to know about employees’ rights to sabbaticals, alongside how to manage requests.

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Coronavirus: Advice and Next Steps for Schools

Coronavirus: Advice and Next Steps for Schools

This article outlines the action that schools should take in response to the recent outbreak of coronavirus.

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The Use of Physical Restraint

The Use of Physical Restraint

Guidance from our SEND expert on the acceptable use of physical restraint, including when it can or cannot be used, records that must be kept, protection for staff members and more.

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Reducing Your Impact on the Environment: A Good Practice Report

 Reducing Your Impact on the Environment: A Good Practice Report

A good practice guide on reducing schools' impact on the environment, with tips shared from others in the Education community

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The Ultimate Guide to Ofsted Inspections 2019/20

The Ultimate Guide to Ofsted Inspections 2019/20

The ultimate guide to Ofsted inspections for 2019/20. This guide explores key areas that Ofsted will focus on and includes tools to help you prepare for your next inspection.

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Popular acronyms used in Education

Popular acronyms used in Education

This acronym list can be used by the governing board and school staff as a point of reference when coming across acronyms in official policies and documentation.

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When Should You Allow Parents to Withdraw Their Child From Lessons?

When Should You Allow Parents to Withdraw Their Child From Lessons?

This guidance will outline the rights that parents have in relation to withdrawing their children, and what schools can do to adjust lessons and ensure all pupils can participate.

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Managing Pupils' Mental Health in Schools

Managing Pupils' Mental Health in Schools

Learn how schools can support pupils with mental health challenges and embed mental resilience.

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Designated Teacher for Looked-After and Previously LAC

Designated Teacher for Looked-After and Previously LAC

This guidance contains the key points from the DfE’s ‘The designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children’ (2018).

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