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.
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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