Teacher performance and appraisal

27 March 2018

We recently observed a teacher as part of our appraisal process and raised some concerns about her marking. She returned from maternity leave last term and is struggling to keep up with the expectations we have about frequency and quality of marking. Her line manager would like to hold a formal mid-year review meeting and include her marking as part of her appraisal. She has always been an outstanding teacher and we have never had concerns previously about her marking. I don’t want to over react to this situation so could you advise how to proceed?

Academy conversion tips — preparing for a TUPE transfer

13 March 2018

My school has decided to convert to academy status. I understand that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (more commonly known as TUPE) will apply to this process. Have you any practical tips on how to prepare for this TUPE transfer?

Changing employees’ terms and conditions after academy conversion

13 March 2018

Our school is considering converting to academy status. We understand that conversion is covered by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and that contracts cannot be changed at the point of transfer. When and how can we make changes to employees’ contracts?

Academy conversion tips — preparing for a TUPE transfer

13 March 2018

My school has decided to convert to academy status. I understand that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (more commonly known as TUPE) will apply to this process. Have you any practical tips on how to prepare for this TUPE transfer?

Entitlement to rest breaks for a pregnant employee

7 February 2018

One of our office-based employees is currently pregnant. She has insisted that we provide a bed for her if she needs to rest, and that she should be able to go to it whenever she wants. What is the best course of action to take in this situation?

Promoting British values

26 January 2018

Ours is a large, very diverse comprehensive school. How can we promote British values in the context of respecting the many faiths represented in our school?

Involving parents and pupils in SEND decision making

8 January 2018

We have a special educational needs and disability (SEND) pupil in Year 10 whose parents insist he be entered for GCSE next year. His teachers feel the limited expected outcomes would not justify the stress involved in sitting the exams. Must we enter him against his teachers’ advice?