Here at SPS we like to keep abreast of the latest developments in HR and Education so imagine our excitement when this national conference from the Local Government Association came up. With speakers from government, the legal profession and colleagues in the field here’s what we learnt:
Teacher Recruitment and Retention
First off, we were treated to an update from the DfE and the measures the government is taking to address the current recruitment and retention pressures impacting the sector. Key concerns being addressed are:
Workload and work life balance are known to be contributory factors prompting a commitment from Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, to prioritise a review of teacher workload and a commitment to a period of stability - no further policy changes will be announced during this parliament.
Current DfE workstreams:
Apprenticeships in Schools
Employment Law Update
With a practical review of the latest employment law cases we were once again reminded of the importance of considering alternatives to suspension particularly for professional post-holders. Its important these decisions are well informed, evidenced and recorded. In the event of suspension, the reasoning must be made clear to the employee.
We also revisited the employer’s duty of care, particularly in relation to responding to concerns raised and calls for support made by staff. Again, due consideration of the issues raised, and appropriate action taken.
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