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  • Schools in England and covid-19: your questions answered reopening.jpgUpdated May 2021: a summary of the latest updates and advice in response to your frequently asked questions. 02/06/2021
  • Parental complaints Complaints (pupils) web.jpgHaving a complaint raised against you can be very distressing and frustrating, and it can also be a time-consuming process. This advice note sets out NAHT's guidance for members. 06/05/2021
  • Termination agreements Agreement 389x267.jpgTermination agreements are agreements between an employee and employer that set out the conditions of termination of employment, often as a result of restructuring, a difference of opinion, a dispute, a dismissal or ill health, and this NAHT advice document is a guide to the process. 06/05/2021
  • Dealing with Freedom of Information requests freedom of information act.jpgPeople make Freedom of Information requests for various reasons, some legitimate and others not. This guidance looks in brief at some common scenarios and the key actions you need to take. 13/04/2021
  • Academy complaints procedures - key points Complaints website.jpgWe highlight the small but important differences between the complaints procedures guidance given by the ESFA for academies and that given by the DfE for maintained schools. 23/02/2021
  • Advice following NEU's action covid - advice.jpgFind the answers to your questions following the NEU's advice to its members that it is unsafe to return to work on Monday 26/01/2021
  • Sections 44 and 100 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 legislation.jpgThis advice note provides some suggested steps for members to take who are considering using the mechanisms set out in the Employment Rights Act where they have concerns regarding safety in their particular workplace. 03/01/2021
  • Temporary school closures – a practical guide School gates web.jpgThis advice paper aims to provide a framework for dealing with these sorts of closures as smoothly as possible. 24/11/2020
  • Single central record School records 389x267.jpgA school leader's guide to the single central record 06/10/2020
  • Covid-19 – supporting staff for the return to school return to school covid.jpgTo help our members, we've developed the following advice as an approach to supporting vulnerable and concerned members of staff in their return to school. 21/09/2020
  • Back to school reopening.jpgIn the following advice, you'll find all the 'must-have' guidance you'll need to support you and your colleagues as you navigate through the autumn term and beyond. 16/09/2020
  • Managing non-attendance, school refusers and those unwilling or struggling to return school gate.jpgWe have put together some high-level advice and tips for school leaders to deal with the small minority of children who might be reluctant returners 07/09/2020
  • Keeping children safe in education 2020 Keeping children safe in education 389x267.jpgA school leader's and designated safeguarding lead's guide to keeping children safe in education and good safeguarding practice. 02/09/2020
  • Parents and parental responsibility: when disputes arise parents.jpgWe look at a series of common scenarios and offer advice as to how to proceed in each case 01/09/2020
  • Subject access requests and their 'weaponisation' Folders and data website.jpgA school and school leader's guide to subject access requests 01/09/2020
  • School breaks and lunchtimes playground.jpgA thought piece for schools and school leaders on school breaks and lunchtimes 26/08/2020
  • Home and flexi-schooling: an essential guide home schooling.jpgA school's guide to home and flexi-schooling 26/08/2020
  • Social media and mobile phones in schools: an essential guide Social media 2 website.jpgA school's guide to social media and mobile phones in school 26/08/2020
  • Exclusion: when and when not to exclude exclusion.jpgA school leader's guide to considering and excluding pupils 26/08/2020
  • Budgets: the good, the bad and the deficit! budget.jpgA practical guide to budgeting and managing a school's deficit 22/08/2020
  • Looking after your Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Cake sale - PTA advice 389x267.jpgA guide to getting the best out of your PTA 22/08/2020
  • Managing sickness absence – FAQs Image of wooden blocks with symbols relating to sickness absenceA healthy and fit workforce is essential for the effective operation of any school. We've pulled together some of the key questions that school leaders raise on sickness absence management, and provide some answers and approaches that we hope you'll find helpful. 27/02/2020
  • Identifying and preventing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying LGBT bullying.jpgOur advice aims to provide a high-level overview of this area and links to best practice resources from Stonewall to help you build a school that is inclusive and supports its pupils. 04/02/2020
  • Transition to consultancy consultancy.jpgHere, we consider some key questions and transitional factors that you should address ahead of making that move. 30/01/2020
  • Pregnancy and maternity discrimination maternity.jpgThis piece of advice provides high-level guidance on the rights and protections available to pregnant women and new mothers. 21/01/2020
  • The menopause Image of notes with 'menopause' written on themThis advice looks at the ways employers can support working women and their managers to discuss and consider ways to manage the impact of the menopause at work. 03/12/2019
  • An essential guide on public sector equality duty and British values crayon drawing.jpgIn the first of our essential guides, we take a closer look at these vital aspects of equality policy to ensure our members are equipped to address the key issues. 27/11/2019
  • Use of schools as polling stations Polling day website new.jpgA school leaders' guide to the use of schools as polling stations 12/11/2019
  • A model dignity at work policy for school leaders Image showing paper cutouts of people to illustrate dignity at work adviceA school leader's guide to managing cases of bullying, harassment and victimisation 24/09/2019
  • Resignation dates resignation.jpgIf you decide to resign from your post, you need to ensure you do so in accordance with your contract. This piece of advice sets out the most common approaches to resignations and the prescribed notice periods. 09/09/2019
  • A model complaints procedure Model complaints procedure 389x267.jpgA model complaints procedure and guidance to support you 30/07/2019
  • As one year ends, another begins - a prompt to take action To do list 389x267.jpgA prompt for school leaders to develop a tailored planner for term-related actions. 18/07/2019
  • A word from our members Ideas 389x267.jpgOver an academic year, NAHT's advice team will typically take 15,000 calls from members who need our support, advice and guidance. We'll usually be able to help them during their first call or by booking them in to speak to one of our specialist advisers. Occasionally, a member we speak to agrees to be a case study, which is helpful for other school leaders. However, two members recently hit the headlines with their pioneering new publications – and here you can find our more about their books. 16/07/2019
  • Disqualification by association – some final clarity Disqualification by association 389x267.jpgMany of our members have asked us to provide further clarity around the practice of disqualification and disqualification by association. In this advice piece, we confirm that while 'disqualification by association' has been abolished, disqualification has not - all the details you need to know are set out in our advice. If in doubt, please get in touch and we can provide further support for you. 08/07/2019
  • Diversity and inclusion – what to do when things go wrong Diversity and inclusion - what to do when things go wrong 389x267.jpgIn your position as an employer, if a member of staff says you or another member of staff has unlawfully discriminated against them at work, you have a responsibility to deal with the complaint in a way that establishes if there has been unlawful discrimination, and, if there has, puts the situation right. This NAHT advice outlines what if you face this situation. Getting this process right will support all employees involved, ensure they are treated fairly and protect the school from legal claims. 05/07/2019
  • Ways to reduce workload in your school - a 'green light' for action Workload 389x267.jpgTake the opportunity to deploy the Department for Education's documentation to make workload reduction a strategic priority for your school. 20/06/2019
  • Dismissals Dismissals 389x267.jpgThis advice outlines the detail of the procedures that should be followed to avoid a dismissal being unfair. 31/05/2019
  • Supporting diversity and inclusion Supporting diversity and inclusion 389x267.jpgThis NAHT advice considers what leaders as employers can do that goes above and beyond the legal minimum to promote diversity and inclusion in their school. 13/05/2019
  • Dealing with protests at school Busy school 389x267.jpgA school leader's guide to handling protests at school. 04/04/2019
  • Knife crime - what school leaders can do to support children at a time of crisis Knife crime advice 389x267.jpgNAHT's practical advice for school leaders on how to deal with the growing incidents of knife crime and how best to support children at a time of crisis 19/03/2019
  • Diversity and inclusion - the basics Diversity and inclusion 389x267.jpgComplying with equality legislation not only ensures that you are meeting minimum legal requirements but sets the tone for the culture of a school. 19/03/2019
  • Being a witness in formal proceedings Being a witness.jpgIf you are called to be a witness in formal proceedings this advice provides some practical tips to help you prepare. 12/02/2019
  • Pensions - issues for academies Piggy bank 1 website.jpgIn this guidance we explain some of the issues for schools converting to academy status and for those schools that have become academies and are now operating on a 'business as usual basis' in relation to pensions. 06/02/2019
  • Updated government guidance on school complaints 2019 Updated complaints guidance.jpgThe best practice guidance for school complaints procedures in maintained schools was updated in January 2019, with several significant changes, including how difficult complainants should be dealt with. Here are the key features you should know about. 05/02/2019
  • CCTV in schools CCTV 1 website.jpgThis advice provides an analysis of the legislative background to the use of CCTV and provides practical tips for compliance. 05/02/2019
  • Dealing with low attendance Pupil absence website.jpgA guide on how best to deal with low pupil attendance. 28/01/2019
  • Mixed-age years: planning and managing expectations Primary classroom website.jpgA school leader's guide to teaching practice across mixed-age year groups. 21/01/2019
  • Early Years settings in Wales Early years 4 website.jpgA head teacher's guide to Early Years settings in Wales. 28/11/2018
  • Gender separation in mixed schools Gender web.jpgWhen can boys and girls be separated in a mixed school? Where separation occurs what steps need to be taken to ensure that this is lawful? 20/11/2018
  • The case for staffrooms Meeting 3 website.jpgNAHT makes a case for protecting the staffroom 13/11/2018
  • Teacher's pet: having a dog in the school dog.jpgIn this advice document, we look at the considerations and the merits of bringing a dog into the school and draw on an example where the introduction of a dog into the school has only had positive impacts. 29/10/2018
  • Political campaigning: advice for schools political campaigning.jpgA school leader's guide to campaigning safely 08/10/2018
  • Health and safety FAQs health and safety.jpgWe set out the frequently asked questions school leaders get in contact with us about on this tough topic. 02/10/2018
  • GDPR FAQs update GDPR.jpgWe have set out some additional frequently asked questions that are being asked by our members now GDPR is live. 02/10/2018
  • Paternity leave paternity389x267 Paternity leave is granted for the purposes of caring for a child or supporting the child's mother, or for the purposes of caring for an adopted child or supporting the child's adopter. 06/08/2018
  • School classroom temperatures GettyImages-485189591 (1).jpgA school leader's guide to the effective management of school classroom temperatures. 27/06/2018
  • Shared parental leave small baby389x267.jpgParents expecting babies or those who are adopting and have been placed or matched with a child on or after the 5 April 2015 can split up to 50 weeks of shared parental leave (SPL) between them. (Where reference is made to mothers and fathers the same principles will apply to same sex couples) 16/04/2018
  • Adoption leave adoption389x267 The Employment Act 2002 introduced new statutory rights to leave and pay for adoptive parents subject to meeting the criteria. The statutory scheme does not extend to stepchildren adoptions or foster care adoptions. 16/04/2018
  • Investigation meetings and how to approach them investigations.jpgA short guide to investigation meetings and what to do if you are invited to one 16/01/2018
  • TUPE – a guide to the regulations signing contract.jpgThis advice note sets out the purpose of the regulations, what's covered by the regulations and the respective employer and employee positions in a typical TUPE transfer. 12/09/2017