Welcome to the February 2014 edition of the Stone King Education Bulletin. This monthly e-newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news from the Education sector and helps you find out about upcoming workshops and seminars!
This edition focuses on: • The Stone King Education Blog • DfE Website • The Ofsted Logo • Further Changes to Maintained School Governance • Take 100 lines, Jones Minor • Brandjacking: Protecting Your Name and Brand from Abuse • Academy Director Conflicts of Interests • The Public Procurement Regime is Changing... • Fair Deal 2014 and the Teachers Pension Scheme • Executive Heads and Teachers Pension Scheme • School Teachers’ Review Body's Report
The Stone King Education Blog Our monthly e-bulletin is now complemented by Stone King Education Blog where we aim to publish articles of interest as and when they arise. We invite everyone to subscribe to the blog at http://www.stoneking.co.uk/blogs/education-law-blog and to add their comments about things that catch their eye. This bulletin will then gather together the less ephemeral material and will continue to be available to those who prefer not to join the blogging community.
DfE Website Further to our note in our previous bulletin about DfE’s migration of all its statutory guidance and departmental advice to the GOV.UK website, DfE has now announced that its current website will close on 31st March after which time everything will be on the GOV.UK website. Just as a reminder, the link to guidance can be found here. A useful feature of the new website is that frequently you can find the history of a particular document so it is becoming easier to track changes that are made in successive versions of guidance.
The Ofsted Logo A convertor academy client of ours, which was judged Outstanding prior to conversion, tells us that in its academy guise Ofsted have demanded the removal of the Ofsted logo
from its website. The rationale for this is said to be that the right to use the logo cannot be transferred from one organisation to another – technically a convertor academy is a different legal entity from its predecessor school – and the logo cannot be used for a provision that has not been judged Outstanding – the school has not been inspected since conversion. It’s a surprising move and one that is potentially quite damaging to the school given that unless special circumstances come to Ofsted’s notice – such as a decline in results – the school would not expect to be inspected in the foreseeable future and thus will have no opportunity of regaining its spurs. We would be interested to know if any other convertor academy has had a similar experience.
Further Changes to Maintained School Governance DfE has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the way maintained school governing bodies (or board which is the terminology that we should now become accustomed to using) are constituted. Read more
Take 100 lines, Jones Minor If one was to believe the press publicity, the central element of Michael Gove’s speech on 3rd February was to be the introduction of a sanction that most people will have thought disappeared some considerable time ago, namely the imposition of lines, so favoured in literary works such as the Greyfriars series – who now remembers Billy Bunter? Read more
Brandjacking: Protecting Your Name and Brand from Abuse There are a number of reasons why a school should consider registering one or more trade marks, whether it be to protect its name, logo or domain name. Let’s start with the main one: brandjacking and one particular form of it, Twitter abuse. Read more
Academy Director Conflicts of Interests We have recently agreed with the Charity Commission and the Department for Education (DfE) a significant change to the articles of an academy company that will prevent potentially difficult situations arising over director conflicts of interest. Read more
The Public Procurement Regime is Changing... The new Public Procurement Directive is likely to be adopted by the UK in June 2014. These legal developments will have important implications for your school when it purchases goods, services or works. Read more
Fair Deal 2014 and the Teachers Pension Scheme We are proving advice to a number of standalone academies and multi academy trusts in relation to enabling teachers to continue tier membership of the Teachers Pension Scheme in circumstances where their employment is transferred to a trading subsidiary which is established (quite often on the direction of the DfE) to, for example, operate a nursery or SEN services. Until now, this has been problematic. Read more
Executive Heads and Teachers Pension Scheme “Executive Head Teachers who occupy a mainly financial or administrative role would not be eligible for membership of the TPS”, said the Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS) in a statement released in January 2012. Read more
School Teachers’ Review Body's Report The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) reported to the Education Secretary,
Michael Gove, at the beginning of the year. The Education Secretary had asked the STRB to look in particular at teachers' working time provisions and their professional duties. The Government had suggested that these provisions were over-prescriptive and limited the abilities of schools and teachers to meet the needs of their pupils. Read more
Upcoming Events 18.03.14 - Employment Law Seminar in London - Employment Update
19.03.14 - We are running a whole day seminar devoted to the new Children and Families Bill in the morning and SEN, Disability, Behaviour Policies, Exclusions and the relationships between all of these in the afternoon. Delegates may choose to come for the whole day or for either the morning or the afternoon session. Lunch will be provided for all and across the lunch-time break members of the Stone King education team will be running an open surgery to which all delegates are invited. Bring your burning questions – especially if they do not relate to the topics of the day! The seminar will be presented by Roger Inman, Michael Brotherton, Laura Berman and Richard Gold and there will be ample opportunity for discussion. To book please go to our website here or contact Holly Prichard by email HollyPrichard@stoneking.co.uk or telephone 01225 324427.
01.04.14 - “Doing More With Less In Difficult Times”: What Schools Need to Know
15.05.14 - Information Management in Schools – Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Pupil Records
Click here to see all our upcoming events IN ASSOCIATION WITH FASNA/DFE: 04.03.14 - Prepare for Admission Appeals - Central London 27.03.14 - Effective Governance - Central London
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