LAW understand the challenges of the education sector.
Our experience means that our employment solicitors and HR consultants understand the wider social context within which independent schools operate. We’re alive to the issues that can arise around employment status; term-time working patterns for staff; managing maternity leave taken by key staff; social media use by teaching and ancillary staff; teacher pupil relationships; reputational risk from non-work related and extra-curricular activities; school roll shrinkage and redundancy; convictions; work-related stress; managing teacher performance; holidays; notice of termination; pay differentials; media relations and school image.
On health & safety, The Association of Teachers and Lecturers Union General Secretary stated a few years ago that there needs to be a “balance between safety and silliness” when managing safety. Still, senior leadership teams in schools will often read that school children require to wear goggles when playing conkers (or that such games should be banned completely). In recent years, school trips and excursions have reduced significantly – possibly due to safety fears and the numerous hours of perceived safety planning required. In addition, schools often worry about asbestos management; legionella; fire safety and security. The Safety At Work team are registered OSHCR practitioners approved by the Health and Safety Executive, and Chartered Members of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health), meaning that our school and education clients are always dealing with experts who are at the top of their profession. Our team take a sensible and supportive approach towards our school clients.
I’m very pleased with our relationship with Law At Work. The team are honest, direct, purposeful, and good humoured. I know I can pick up the phone and speak to someone who understands the school and its needs. I set out what I want to achieve, and I know I’ll get pragmatic advice designed to get me where I want to be. I’m usually given options, along with an assessment of the risk of each course of action, and, most importantly, a recommendation. I particularly like knowing I’m not just paying for material that I can read up on elsewhere. We get a fast response from LAW underpinned by step-by-step support from start to finish. They deal in law, but mercifully they do it in plain English.
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