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Get up-to-speed on the changes to the Ofsted inspection handbooks

Get up-to-speed on the changes to the Ofsted inspection handbooks

Get up-to-speed with the changes Ofsted made last week that will be effective from September 2022.

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Get up-to-speed on the important new guidance from the Department of Health & Social Care

Get up-to-speed on the important new guidance from the Department of Health & Social Care

The government has made it illegal to carry out, offer or aid and abet virginity testing or hymenoplasty in any part of the UK, as part of the Health and Care Act 2022. This article outlines the new guidance.

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TLDR: Summer Term

TLDR: Summer Term

Get yourself up-to-speed with the major changes in Education this Summer Term in under 5 minutes!

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Financial Priorities for Governing Boards

Financial Priorities for Governing Boards

In this article, our governance expert, Denise Maloney, provides guidance on how trust and governing boards can help secure financial efficiency and value for money in the current economic climate.

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Up-to-speed on: Education Policy Changes Being Implemented at the Start of the 2022/2023 Academic Year

Up-to-speed on: Education Policy Changes Being Implemented at the Start of the 2022/2023 Academic Year

There are a number of changes being implemented at the start of the 2022/2023 academic year. We’re here to make sure you know what’s changing and what you need to do.

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Four years of the GDPR: looking back and preparing for future changes

Four years of the GDPR: looking back and preparing for future changes

This article reflects on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on schools, four years since it was implemented.

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Up-to-speed on: What Schools Need to Know About the Queen’s Speech 2022

Up-to-speed on: What Schools Need to Know About the Queen’s Speech 2022

On 10 May 2022, Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech which officially reopened Parliament. The speech outlined the government’s priorities for the year ahead. This article breaks down what schools need to know.

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Up-to-speed on: The DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy

Up-to-speed on: The DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy

The DfE has released its strategy for sustainability and climate change for Education settings. Our article breaks down everything you need to know.

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TLDR: Spring Term

TLDR: Spring Term

Get yourself up-to-speed with the major changes in Education this Spring Term in under 5 minutes!

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Up-to-speed on: The Schools White Paper

Up-to-speed on: The Schools White Paper

The DfE has released its white paper which sets out how the Education system can deliver on the government’s priority to level up across the country. Our article breaks down the key pledges that have been made.

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Up-to-speed on: ‘Inclusive Britain: government response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’

Up-to-speed on: ‘Inclusive Britain: government response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’

The government has published ‘Inclusive Britain: government response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’. This is the government’s response to the Sewell report. This article breaks down what you need to know.

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Useful Links for Schools

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Useful Links for Schools

The ongoing situation in Ukraine is concerning for everyone and it is likely that pupils will be worried about what is happening and may look to adults at school for reassurance. We’ve collated a number of useful links to support schools.

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How many policies is too many policies?

How many policies is too many policies?

Our School Compliance Survey 2022 highlighted an issue many schools are facing – there are too many policies to keep up with. In this article, we ask: “How many policies is too many policies?”

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The School Compliance Survey 2022

The School Compliance Survey 2022

In January we carried out a school compliance survey so we could gain a real insight into what keeping up with school compliance looks like on a day-to-day basis. Check out our findings here!

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Up-to-speed on: the ‘Levelling Up the United Kingdom’ White Paper

Up-to-speed on: the ‘Levelling Up the United Kingdom’ White Paper

This article breaks down what you need to know about the government’s newly-published white paper, ‘Levelling Up the United Kingdom’.

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Up-to-speed on: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Programme for Children and Young People

Up-to-speed on: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Programme for Children and Young People

Our article breaks down what schools need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing flowchart for staff and pupils

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing flowchart for staff and pupils

This flowchart is for staff and pupils aged 11 and over, outlining the procedures they should take when testing for COVID-19.

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Eight Priorities for Governors in the 2022 Spring Term

Eight Priorities for Governors in the 2022 Spring Term

In this article, our governance expert, Denise Maloney, goes through eight priorities for governing boards in the 2022 Spring term.

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Cost of School Uniforms: Guidance for Governing Boards

Cost of School Uniforms: Guidance for Governing Boards

In this article, our governance expert, Denise Maloney, goes through what governing boards should consider following the release of the DfE’s new ‘Cost of school uniforms’ statutory guidance.

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Up-to-speed on: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Programme for Children and Young People

Up-to-speed on: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Programme for Children and Young People

Our article breaks down what schools need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

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Up-to-speed on: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions in the Autumn Term

Up-to-speed on: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions in the Autumn Term

This article breaks down what you need to know about the November 2021 update to the DfE’s ‘Schools COVID-19 operational guidance’. The changes primarily relate to the protection measures that have been introduced due to the Omicron variant

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Up-to-speed on: Statutory ‘Cost of school uniforms’ Guidance

Up-to-speed on: Statutory ‘Cost of school uniforms’ Guidance

The DfE has published new statutory guidance on how schools should ensure the cost of school uniforms is reasonable and secures the best value for money. This article breaks down what you need to know and the actions you need to take.

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Guide to Informing Parents about Harmful Content

Guide to Informing Parents about Harmful Content

This guide aims to arm schools with the knowledge of how to manage parents’ and pupils’ awareness of harmful content and help them avoid any further negative consequences.

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Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay

Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay

The DfE has published the ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document’ (STPCD) 2021, confirming the 2021 pay award and pay scales. Our article breaks down what you need to know

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Up-to-speed on: MAT Summary Evaluations

Up-to-speed on: MAT Summary Evaluations

Ofsted’s ‘Summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts’ guidance sets out the process and range of evidence-gathering activities that inspectors carry out as part of its summary evaluations of MATs.

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Guidance on using CO2 monitors

Guidance on using CO2 monitors

From the beginning of September 2021, CO2 monitors are being provided to all state-funded schools to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Here is our guidance on the topic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Pupil Vaccination Invitation Letter to Parents

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Pupil Vaccination Invitation Letter to Parents

The UK Health Security Agency has created a ‘COVID-19 vaccination: invitation letter template for eligible school children'. We advise that schools use the UK Health Security Agency’s template.

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Ofsted Inspection Update: September 2021

Ofsted Inspection Update: September 2021

This article outlines what has been highlighted in the Inspection Update for September 2021 that Ofsted have recently released.

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Seven Priorities for Governors at the Start of the 2021/2022 Academic Year

Seven Priorities for Governors at the Start of the 2021/2022 Academic Year

This article will identify and focus on seven priorities governors will need to consider as schools go back in September 2021.

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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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