Journal

Importance of flexible working in schools

What is Flexible Working? Flexible working is a type of working arrangement which gives a degree of flexibility on how long, where, when and at what times employees work. All employers, including schools, have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their staff. Since this will include minimising the risk of …

HR Challenges

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Challenge: There is a shortage of qualified teachers in certain subjects and areas. Solution: Teachers can be paid a recruitment and retention allowance from M1 to M6. Teachers are given as much support as possible, either through help with their well-being, or other initiatives to lessen the burden of their work. …

MIS Team Corner

Welcome to Our New Team Members! We are excited to welcome two new members of staff to join the MIS Team. Daniel and Kevin both have a wealth of experience in the education sector and are passionate about helping schools and other educational institutions to make the most of their MIS systems. Daniel has over …

My Mission as a Food Safety and Hygiene Specialist

Who am I? My name is Sandra Zirolyte (Catering and Cleaning Inspection Officer), and I specialise in food safety and premises hygiene. I work for The Education Space and I work with educational settings and schools to ensure they meet food safety standards and hygiene within their kitchens/dining areas and cleaning standards within their premises. …

Newham Schools Making the Stars of the Future

The Education Act 1981 was the first major steps to developing the amazingly inclusive schools we see today. None more so than the brilliant schools in Newham. By creating environments where everyone can succeed, we open up opportunities for everyone to follow their dreams. I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Ellen Goodey, …

Showcasing Successful Partnerships

Governors’ and Trustees’ Annual Conference Report November 2022 Schools do not exist in isolation. They are part of a larger system. Therefore, it is only right that, as system leaders, their Governors and Trustees should naturally not only focus on their own schools as organisations, but also on how their schools fit into the system …

To Keep or Not to Keep

Baby boomers like myself tend to hoard clothes. We were born in a time during the postwar era when new clothes were a luxury and people saved their good clothes for Sundays when they would wear their “Sunday Best”. I remember sowing my laddered tights! It was definitely not the disposable society we have today. …

Data Protection for Educational Visits

Educational Visit Checklist Venue Booked - CHECK Permission Slips Received - CHECK Bus Booked - CHECK Printed emergency contact sheets containing far too much personal information including special category data - CHECK It’s an all-too-familiar scenario, a process which has been used countless times within schools up and down the country. School trips are organised …

We Need to Talk About Attendance

It’s well known that following the pandemic, many schools in England have found it incredibly challenging to encourage pupils back into the classroom. The DfE published updated guidance in May to support schools and local authorities in driving up school attendance titled Improving school attendance: support for schools and local authorities. Many of their recommendations …

Can Staff Members Bring a Lawyer to a HR Meeting?

Parliament recently faced the question ‘what steps are the government taking to help ensure that teachers and other education staff can choose to be accompanied to hearings by a person other than a trade union representative or workplace colleague?’. The Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said that he is considering plans to amend the Employment Relations …