Preventing Slip and Trip Incidents in Schools

Wooden decking in the autumn months can become extremely slippery due to wet weather or damp leaves, and we have recently seen a rise in personal injury claims resulting from slips on decking in schools. Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work. Legal actions following an injury can be…

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Don’t avoid the difficult conversations!

Some employees push the boundaries and arrive at work late, leave early and generally don’t follow company procedures.  The problem is that many line managers simply don’t want to appear rude and some just feel uncomfortable about having to engage in difficult conversations avoiding them where possible. However, being in a position of management requires…

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Fusion News – A busy summer

We’ve been busy over the Summer updating document downloads and reviewing policies. We’ve amended documents to reflect the change to Keeping Children Safe in Education. We’ve updated most of the School document downloads and continue to review the remaining. We have a new suite of policies for Multi-Academy Trusts going live soon and all business…

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National Awareness Day to celebrate Teaching Assistants

According to RISE Online Information Centre, there were 263,000 FTE Teaching Assistants working in schools across the UK in November 2015.   On 14th September, a national awareness day will be held to celebrate Teaching Assistants through national nominations or local recognition in school. Teaching Assistants can offer vital support to pupils in educational settings, assisting…

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Latest News – September 2018 pay award

In response to the recommendations in the STRB’s 28th Report, from 1 September 2018 the following has been confirmed in the 2018 version of the STPCD: a 3.5% uplift has been applied to the statutory minima and maxima of the main pay range and of the unqualified teachers’ pay range. a 2% uplift to the…

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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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Asbestos found in Bunsen Burner Gauze

As reported by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in a recent press release, a warning has been issued to schools about scientific equipment that may contain asbestos. The HSE has identified that Bunsen burner gauzes with asbestos-containing centres and have been supplied to schools by two suppliers. The Department of Education have written to schools…

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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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