Dress codes at work

22 July 2021

The very hot weather during the summer term raised issues about appropriate work wear, with some members of staff insisting on wearing shoes and clothes that the senior team felt did not set the right example to pupils, who have to adhere to a very specific uniform code. Our staff handbook has only a very general note about “dressing appropriately”. Can we insist on a dress code that is much more specific?

Pupil exclusion meetings

16 July 2021

We have had to exclude a student from school and the governors want to meet virtually to consider the exclusion. Is that allowed?

Planning for September

16 July 2021

We are planning for September, looking at teaching groups and a catch-up curriculum among other things. Will we be able to hold assemblies and large group gatherings from September?

Educational visits Summer term 2021

20 April 2021

As part of our strategy to help our students get back to normal and to support their general wellbeing, we would like to resume educational visits during the summer term. Will outdoor field trips be possible?

Ramadan and holiday entitlement

8 April 2021

A number of my employees are practising Muslims. They have complained that they consider themselves to be forced to take time off over Christmas (because we have a one week shut down) and yet they have to use up their holiday entitlement if they want to take time off over Ramadan, which lasts for a month. They believe this amounts to religious discrimination. What can we do?

Disposing of lateral flow tests

30 March 2021

Please can you confirm that it is acceptable to dispose of Covid lateral flow tests in the general waste, if they are used as part of a large-scale workplace testing programme? A friend working in healthcare has told us that these tests are classified as healthcare waste.