Article Category: Education – Insight & Opinion

Managing Stress When Preparing for the Reopening of Schools

managing stress at school

With the full re-opening of schools only days away, it will come as no surprise that some education staff may be concerned about returning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst many businesses have been operating fully for a number of weeks, schools have not functioned fully since March this year. Therefore, it will come as… Read more »

Exam Shambles and Latest Government U-Turn on A-Level & GCSE Results

Students upset over recent A-level results being published

39.1% of A-level results have been downgraded after exams were cancelled due to Coronavirus, dropping below a three-year average. In England, 35.6% of marks were adjusted down by one grade, 3.3% were reduced by two, and 0.2% taken down by three. It is estimated that 280,000 results have been affected by the Joint Council for… Read more »

Holidays and Quarantine: Key Guidance for Schools and Colleges

Medical face mask on luggage - holidays and quarantine

On 25th July 2020, the government announced that it was removing Spain from the list of countries on its travel corridor scheme. Therefore, anyone returning from Spain, the Balearics and Canary Islands, must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the UK. Due to the number of recent Coronavirus flare ups, it’s expected that… Read more »

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions – STRB Recommendations for 2020/21

School teacher with children - STRB Recommendations

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) have published the recommended pay awards for teachers and school leaders. Simon Bellard, HR Consultant, outlines the key points of the STRB recommendations in this article. What are the STRB Recommendations? The STRB has recommended that from September 2020, the minimum of the Main Pay Range (MPR) is increased… Read more »

The Good Work Plan

Most employers will have more pressing matters to deal with at the moment – however it is important that organisations don’t let the implementation of the Government’s Good Work Plan on 6 April 2020 pass them by. The Good Work Plan was labelled as the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years. Below… Read more »

Employment and HR: A Practical Guide to COVID-19

ACAS has released a guidance note providing advice for employers and employees in relation to the current COVID-19 situation. We provide a summary of the advice below. Good Practice It is advisable for employers to implement, amongst other things they consider suitable, the following: keep all staff updated on actions being taken to reduce risks… Read more »

Can Continuous Service be carried over by Employees in Education?

An employee accrues continuous service for each year they work for an employer. This provides the employee with certain statutory rights, for example, the right to claim unfair dismissal after 2 years. When a person moves from one employer to the next, those years of accrued continuous service do not move with them and the… Read more »

Coronavirus and the Workplace

With a higher number of new cases of the Coronavirus now reported outside of China than within, there is an increased risk that an employee might have been to an area affected by the Coronavirus. This can potentially cause confusion for employers. To provide guidance, we have looked at three main questions below. Should I… Read more »

Parental Bereavement Leave: What You Need to Know

From 6 April 2020, the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 will come into force which means that parents who suffer the loss of a child under the age of 18, or have a stillbirth from the 24th week of pregnancy, will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory parental bereavement leave (“SPBL”). The right… Read more »

Are My Vegan Employees Protected by the Equality Act 2010?

This question regarding vegan employees has been asked many times by employer clients in response to the recent case of Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports and it is certainly an interesting subject. In this case, the Claimant, Mr Jordi Casamitjana, alleged that he was dismissed from employment on account of his “ethical” veganism and… Read more »