Handling a complaints campaign

27 May 2019

We have a small number of parents who have made adverse comments about a particular teacher and we are concerned that the parents may work together and form some sort of campaign against the teacher. Our complaints procedure does not cover complaints from a group of parents and we think we should update the policy.

Accelerating a school year

7 May 2019

We have a parent who is pushing to have her year 4 child accelerated to the year above, who is the oldest in his year and his friends from nursery are all in the year above. We don’t feel it is in the child’s personal and educational interests to accelerate him. Must we accede to the parent’s request?

Brexit and settled status — what can I do to prepare?

2 May 2019

Brexit (that is, the UK leaving the European Union) has been delayed again — potentially until 31 October 2019. As an employer who employs migrant staff, the large proportion of whom are EU/ EEA citizens, what preparations and issues should I be considering before this date?

Ramadan and holiday entitlement

24 April 2019

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?

Single sex teaching

9 April 2019

We are a mixed school but we attract far fewer girls to our sixth form than boys. Our governors are looking at a variety of ways to remedy the situation and have suggested we offer single sex teaching in the sixth form. Is this allowed?

Autism call for evidence

1 April 2019

Why has a “call for evidence” been launched on autism and how can people respond?