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National Work Life Week – 1st – 5th October 2018

National Work-Life Week 2018 is taking place from 1st – 5th October 2018.  The week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance Schools and academies must recognise the importance of ensuring that all staff enjoy a reasonable balance between their working life and the demands…

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Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006

The changes to Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 have come into effect on 1st September 2018.  The key change for schools and private nurseries is the removal of disqualification by association from non-domestic childcare settings. The rules will still apply to domestic childcare providers such as childminders. All documentation issued to employees will therefore need to be…

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School Teacher’s Review Body issue recommendations

On the 24th July 2018, the School Teachers’ Review Body issued their 28th report making recommendations for the upcoming school year regarding teachers’ pay. Bearing in mind that at this stage, the recommendations are as they say, recommendations, the Review Body recommended that teachers pay and allowances across all teaching and school leader pay ranges…

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The DBS Update Service – How it could help schools

We are frequently asked how often DBS checks need to be renewed and whether the DBS Update Service is a better option for employers. Keeping Children Safe in Education has been updated for September 2018 and clearly sets out the requirements for schools to carry out DBS Checks. Here we explain how the Update Service…

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FusionHR – Expanding the team

We’re delighted to welcome Jo, Emily and Sophie-Ann to the team this month. We’ve known Jo Whittleston for a while as she has worked in education for many years and helped us as an associate and so we are over the moon that she has chosen to come and join the team here at Fusion.…

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Providing references for schools and multi-academy trusts

References are a critical part of pre-employment checks to ensure that schools employ suitable staff to work with children and young people. Staffing and Employment Guidance published by the DfE in May 2018 states ‘With all appointments schools should, prior to appointment, take up references from the applicant’s current or former employer, following up with…

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MAT Challenges!

The Department for Education updated its advice on searching, screening and confiscation in schools in January this year. The guidance document, first issued in February 2014 was updated on 18 January 2018 to bring it in line with guidance on the prevention and tackling of bullying which can be found here. The guidance document sets out:…

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Paternity Leave – what are the rules?

Last week, we had Father’s Day, the day that honours fathers and celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Working fathers, including adoptive fathers, have the right to paternity leave and since April 2015, shared parental leave. According to the Department for Business, take up of shared parental leave could be…

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