A few families have contacted us to let us know they are now eligible for free school meals and wish to claim a free school meal voucher. I also understand some other groups of children may also qualify. How can we check eligibility?
I may have to lay off a significant number of my staff as a result of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. I understand that I can obtain financial help from the Government. Can you summarise the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention (“Furlough”) Scheme for me?
Our teachers are working very hard to produce learning materials for pupils during the time we are closed. We are concerned that our pupils will be ‘on-line’, often unsupervised, for much of the day and we want to be sure they are working in a safe virtual environment. Where can we find advice and guidance?
We have a new teacher who came to us from a prestigious private school; we are a small community school, serving a very diverse range of families. The teacher is struggling to teach some of our children, claiming some are so far behind expectations that they should repeat a year etc. How can we support the teacher so that all our pupils make progress?
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?
I am experiencing financial difficulties within my company. The time has come, I have now decided to cut costs, introduce short-time working to reduce the wage bill and get the business back on its feet again. All the staff have a clause in their contract of employment entitling me to lay them off work or to introduce short-time working. Is there any more that I should know?