Gone are the days when all schools held a close relationship with the local authority. Alongside maintained schools, which can vary from community, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools, we now have academies, and free schools just to name just a few. They all exist with their own governance structures and legal frameworks, which is why schools hold a unique place in UK employment law. The law can, and often does, apply differently from school to school.
It’s natural to have questions when looking at employment law for your school or academy; is the local authority or the governing body the employer or is it the academy trust? Do the Green Book and Burgundy Book apply? The answers will depend on the type of school, its history and the governance arrangements. Therefore it is critical your employment lawyers have a proper grasp of the education law framework.
No matter the size of your school or academy, HY Education has a multi-layered team of education law solicitors and barristers where education is at the heart of everything we do. Whether managing a TUPE transfer, advising on a disciplinary, or discussing a redundancy process, you can be assured that you are receiving employment law advice underpinned by in-depth knowledge of the education sector and its laws and regulations.
As dedicated education solicitors, we understand employment law is a multifaceted issue for schools. At HY Education we can provide education law advice in several areas. We aim to be a one-stop-shop for employment issues that schools and academies face, which include, but aren’t limited to:
- Discipline & Grievance
- Burgundy & Green Book
- Performance Management
- Sickness & Attendance
- Contracts of Employment