An Interesting Case of Employment, Safeguarding and Dismissals

A recent decision in the Reading Employment Tribunal has raised a number of issues that schools must consider when looking at safeguarding and dismissals. Mr Hammond was a teacher at...


Changes to School Governance from September 2013

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 came into force on 1st September 2013. The government has been looking at the way governing bodies function and is...


Imposed Academy Transfers – Where is Parental Preference?

There have been reports in the media about parents who are furious about the imposed transfer of their community maintained primary school to an academy within the Harris chain of academies....


Hotels and Offices – the Future for Free Schools?

Earlier this year the Department for Education announced bold plans for the establishment of Free Schools. Education Secretary Michael Gove stated: “I want to make it as easy as possible for Free...


A Levels – Turning Back the Clock?

Education Minister Michael Goves’ determination to review almost every aspect of schools, education and exams continues. Mr Gove has indicated a return to more traditional A Levels, with exams at...


Academies – Ready or Not, Here they Come

The dilemma schools face as to whether to convert to academy status gets more complicated as time goes by. 55% of secondary schools have now converted, and primary school conversion...


School Staff Retention and Recruitment – Who Pays the Piper?

As part of a review of public sector pay and conditions, the School Teachers’ Review Body has made a number of recommendations that it hopes will help staff retention and...


More Money, More Options?

The Department for Education is offering an additional grant of up to £25,000 until 30th June 2013 to “assist primary schools that decide to convert to academy status in stronger...


The DfE Offers More Support for Primary Schools that want to Convert to Academies

On 5 July 2012, the Department for Education offered an additional grant of up to £25,000 to “assist primary schools that decide to convert to academy status in stronger forms...


Uniform Uniforms?

The usual silly season of news over the summer has not materialised, largely due to the Olympics. However, a report from the OFT (Office for Fair Trading) on 16th August...


Downhills School – Judicial Review Fails

Downhills School in Haringey has made national headlines over the last few months, as a school where there has been stringent opposition from parents, staff and the original governing body...


Changes to OFSTED

On 30th May 2012, Ofsted announced that significant changes will take place from 1st September 2012 to the inspection and regulation process. Ofsted says that the changes are intended to...