Autumn 2017

Welcome to Wrigleys autumn term roundup of news and articles over the last term.

Better governance continues to be high on the agenda. The foundations of good governance are based on understanding your legal structure and the governance roles and responsibilities. In this round up we cover the role of "members" of an academy trust, but the principles apply equally to members of independent school companies.

Data Protection is not an exciting topic, but it is very important that Schools get it right. Wrigleys will be providing further practical advice and updates on GDPR in the coming weeks and months. Please check our website regularly for updates or connect via twitter

The ESFA land and buildings return has been keeping many of us busy. You may have noted several questions and options on the ESFA spreadsheet don't make sense.  If you have any questions then please contact us.

We are always interested in feedback or suggestions of topics that may be of interest to you, so please get in touch.

Chris Billington, Head of Education 0113 244 6100

New MOU between DFE and Charity Commission
Is this Memorandum of Understanding a sign of serious action to come?
RSC improvements boards

Efficiency or a nail in the coffin of autonomy?

The announcement of sub-regional improvement boards and RSC recruitment adverts for school improvement officers is reverberating around the sector. 

Academies Financial Handbook 2017
In line with most of the action we are seeing from DFE at the moment the key changes to the Academies Financial Handbook in the 2017 edition are around governance, financial probity and efficiency in both.
Caretakers' Accomodation
A reminder of the issues that can arise with school accommodation and how to deal with them.
Gender neutral school uniform policies
We look at the recent movement in schools towards gender neutral school uniforms and the legal duties of schools in relation to uniform policies.
School bans sausage rolls
Can schools decide what pupils can eat while at school?
Members of academy trusts - who are they and what do they do?

In this article, we look at who the members of an academy trust are, what they do, and what they should consider when making decisions.

As charitable companies limited by guarantee, academy trusts are required to have members as well as trustees.

Data Protection and GDPR

The 25th of May 2018 will see a huge shift in the regulation of data protection across the EU. This is the date from which EU organisation's will have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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