Visitors, Contractors and DBS checks

It is the school’s responsibility to decide whether a regular visitor or contractor should be DBS checked and to what level before being allowed on-site. These decisions need to be based on activity, frequency and contact level. Check out our infographic on how these decisions should be approached.

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Why joining a multi academy trust is like a marriage

For Schools, the big question for many still remains… should the school join an existing Multi-Academy Trust? Or should you look into forming your own Trust along with other like-minded schools, go it alone as an Academy or remain with the Local Authority until forced to take any action? When looking for a partner people select gender, age, religion, values amongst other factors, but what do you consider for a MAT? Read the key questions to consider.

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Keeping children safe in education and Ofsted’s role

FusionHR have been delivering safeguarding and Single Central Register training across the UK for the past 18 months and it’s our experience that there are differing experiences in schools during an Ofsted inspection where safeguarding is concerned. Ofsted have now released an update on how they see their role in relation to assessing safeguarding and Single Central Registers.

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Government adds public sector to gender pay gap reporting

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 were published in December and, subject to parliamentary approval, will come into effect on 31st March 2017. It requires any public-sector employers with 250 staff or more to publish gender pay information. In the main, the information required is the same as that for the private sector but there are two small differences.

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Managing Staff Attendance – What are the school’s responsibilities?

Effective staff attendance management doesn’t happen overnight but the schools approach, from the top, sets the scene in terms of the importance of the process. For many employees absence is of course genuine and unavoidable, but in some cases a more rigorous approach from management shows instant results in terms of short term one-off absences and the duration of sickness absence. There are many different ways to approach management but there are some key principles to making it work.

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