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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Where to start with Succession Planning

Our MD, Kathryn Birch highlights the key things it think about for effective succession planning. Succession planning is instrumental to ensuring effective leadership, and recruiting and retaining key talent within schools and MATs. Richard Branson’s famous leadership quote “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to”…

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Taking Stock – GDPR and Data Protection

So, the 25th May 2018 has passed and the world didn’t end, thankfully, however some organisations are still a little behind where they need to be regarding GDPR. Here at FusionHR, things are going well and the work we have put in has cemented our approach to Data Protection and ensuring ongoing compliance with GDPR…

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