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Emma Swann, Partner, Head of Academies

Employment and Immigration

Direct Dial: 03301 075 973
Mobile: 07773 937 401

A bit about me

I have a long-standing specialism in education law, an area which is constantly evolving. Because I’m part of the Department for Education’s academies working group and have excellent contacts within the sector, I can keep clients up to date with prospective changes and make sure that I help them to come up with practical and commercial solutions.

I’ve worked with a wide range of schools, supporting them through academy conversions and expansions and helping with issues such as admission appeals, exclusions, safeguarding, parental complaints and governance. I also have extensive experience advising Church of England Diocesan Boards, diocesan multi-academy trusts (MATs) and local schools forming mixed MATs.

Outside work, I love spending time in the countryside with my family – my son especially enjoys feeding lambs and riding on tractors.

Want to know more?

We can prepare a full school policy audit to ensure compliance with education law and best practice.

Your board of trustees should regularly review governance structures – are they working?

Ask questions before taking controversial decisions rather than afterwards!

How do we prepare for GDPR?
Your starting point is a school audit. You should also update your privacy notices and data protection policy.

How do we expand our Multi Academy Trust (MAT)?
Assess the capacity of your MAT to expand (including performance/financial issues). Do due diligence on potential schools that might join your MAT.

How do we deal with a vexatious parent?
Follow school complaints procedure – this should allow communications to be terminated if a parent’s behaviour is unreasonable.

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The roles, responsibilities and powers of academy trust members

When considering the roles, responsibilities, and powers of members, it is important to understand that…

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Changes to the pupil exclusion regime in response to Covid-19

The School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) are…

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Further education remote learning practices developed during Covid-19

In March 2020 all further education providers moved their learning online in response to the…

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Brexit, a pandemic, and tips for commercial contracts in 2021

2020 has been an extraordinary year for everyone, managing the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic;…

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Standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data

The European Commission has published draft standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data from…

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Implications of the end of the Brexit transition period for schools

2020 has been quite an extraordinary year for the education sector, rising to the challenge…

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CMA Guidance for nurseries and early years providers

The CMA published an open letter to nurseries and early years providers on the 28th…

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Cabinet Office – new guidance on responsible contractual behaviour

New guidance which applies to both private and public sector parties to contracts came into…

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High Court decision – a question of “permanent” address under the School Admissions Code

The High Court has quashed an Admission Appeal Panel's decision and has sent the appeal…

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Academies and maintained schools – how to manage issues related to Covid-19 now schools are re-opening

The Department for Education (DfE) Guidance: Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings The…

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Competition and Markets Authority Briefing Note for Independent Schools and Nurseries

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched the Covid-19 taskforce on 20th March 2020 to…

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Competition and Markets Authority – Covid-19 Taskforce to Investigate Concerns relating to Nurseries and Childcare Providers

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has established a new Covid-19 taskforce to monitor market…

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Welsh Government consultation on charitable rates relief for independent schools

Charitable rates relief The Welsh Government issued a consultation on January 31 2020 on the…

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Trust Capacity Fund

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that £17m is being allocated to encourage high-performing…

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The Future of Church of England Academies – What comes next?

Church of England Dioceses across the country have played a pivotal role in the academies…

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Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools

The profile of mental health has been raised in the news of late and the…

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New partners boost strong commercial team

The arrival of two new partners has boosted the commercial team across Harrison Clark Rickerbys’…

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