Christmas Office Closure

The team wish all of our clients a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. To refresh our batteries, we will also be taking a break over the Christmas period. The office will be closed from the 21st December 2018 to 2nd January 2019. We look forward to speaking to you all again in…

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Leaders should choose to coach – Part 1

A series on Coaching by Ian White, our Leadership Coaching Specialist What is coaching anyway?  And why is it so effective at improving performance in your organisation? Just about anyone can call themselves a coach, and whether you receive coaching, mentoring, or maybe even therapy may not be certain.  Identifying a coach that is qualified…

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GDPR and Safeguarding

FusionHR recently held two GDPR briefing sessions for schools.  The sessions were a great opportunity to discuss together in an open forum what we’ve all learnt so far and also highlighted a few issues and concerns, particularly around sharing pupil data. One area requiring some clarification was GDPR and Safeguarding.  Ben made it clear that…

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Safer Recruitment and Application Misguidance

We recently received an update from the Safer Recruitment Consortium (with whom we are Accredited Safer Recruitment Trainers), relating to the collection of criminal information from candidates during a recruitment process. Incorrect advice has been circulated by an employment law firm who are stating that schools are no longer permitted to gather criminal information from…

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Fines, Registrations and DPO Requirements

It has recently been reported that the ICO has resorted to issuing fines to organisations who have not paid their fee after several attempts to collect.    Failure to pay the data protection fee is now a civil offence under the GDPR, previously this was a criminal offence under the Data Protection Act 1998.   All…

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Lord Agnew speaks about improving education standards, collaboration and changing financial requirements for Academies

At the recent School and Academies Show in Birmingham, Academies Minister Lord Agnew stressed the importance of maintaining standards by supporting teachers and outlined his plan for future collaboration. He highlighted the improving standards in education including the fact that there are now 163,000 more six-year-olds on track to be fluent readers than in 2012.…

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Zero Hours Contracts

Zero Hours Contracts frequently gain a bad press.  Their use (or “abuse”) is often derided as the sign of bad employer. There is a place for zero hours contracts for some employers.  The flexibility that zero hours contracts can provide to employers (and to employees) is often of considerable use – particularly in certain industries…

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