NI Schools' Legal Update 2020

NI Schools' Legal Update 2020

It is generally agreed that the teaching profession is becoming a more difficult job year on year. Problems with the behaviour of pupils, rising expectations of parents and increased class sizes and budget cuts have all combined to often produce a marked deterioration in a Principal’s working life experience.

Employment of staff is governed by laws that continually change. The running of schools is also governed by laws and standards that change.

This event brings together the top lawyers working in education together with other experts in equality fields and case studies from school principals in Northern Ireland.

Why is this event important for YOU?

School budgets are tight enough as it is, but court decisions on annual leave, holiday pay and the recording of working time in the last few months have brought an existential threat to school budgets, as well as others outside the education sector.

In addition to this major issue, do you know the law on when you are allowed to contact absent staff? Do you know the law on recording (covert or overt) of meetings? What does a sabbatical do to a teacher’s employment status? How far must you go to allow flexibility in schools? We have four sessions on employment law developments that you need to know about and three sessions on two of the biggest issues facing educationalist at the moment – transgender and autism in schools.

After attending:

  • You will know the answers to the above questions and more, but you’ll also know how best to sensitively handle issues surrounding transgender students and those with autism
  • You’ll have practical options to consider for flexible uniform policies in your school
  • You will have had ample time to explore challenging issues with our experts and your peers.
  • You will have been so engaged, you’ll want to come back the following year for our 2021 round-up of developments

Course overview/outline programme:

Morning Sessions (including panel discussions) –

  • The NI Schools' Employment Law Update, including working time and holiday pay developments that have a direct application in NI schools
  • When is the Right Time to Contact Absent Staff?
  • Fixed Term Contracts in Schools – Dangers and benefits
  • Flexible Working – Good for Your School and Your Staff?

Afternoon sessions (including panel discussions) –

  • Equality Issues 1 - Guidance for Schools on Supporting Transgender Young People
  • Equality Issues 2 – Further Practical Considerations in Schools
  • Equality Issues 3 - Autism and Neurodiversity

Who is it for?
This practical seminar will be particularly valuable to School Principals and Vice Principals and other school leaders, including teaching union representatives.

When and where?
Friday 27th March 2020, 9.20am - 4.00pm
Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim

Early Bird Rate: £195 +VAT (deadline Friday 14 February 2020)

Standard Rate: £245 +VAT

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Event details


9.20am - 4.00pm


27 March 2020


Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim


Early Bird Rate: £195+VAT (deadline Friday 14 February 2020)
Standard Rate: £245+VAT