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Brexit: Guidance for schools during the transition period and after 1 January 2021

The DfE have brought together Information to help schools prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020

The guidance, which is available on the GOV.UK website provides additional information on how the changes will affect schools, It includes clarification about what is required when a school needs to recruit teachers from overseas and how the employment checks for any workers from overseas will change after 1 January 2021 as well as details of the EU settlement scheme. 

The advice also covers management issues within the school environment including data protection, school trips and exchanges, the admissions procedures for overseas children and food regulations which may impact on school meals 

Schools are advised to keep up to date with the guidance being issued by the DfE and other relevant government departments on the impact of Brexit.

Brexit - The EU Settlement Scheme

Schools are reminded that they should alert staff that if they are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland they may need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

More information about who needs to apply is available on the government website.

It is free to apply and can be done online at any time before 30 June 2021. People are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  If a member of your staff has any queries in relation to this you may wish to assist them with this process where possible by directing them to the government website.

There is no requirement for current employees to notify you that they have obtained settled or pre-settled status but they can notify you if they wish and you should record this in your Single Central Record and retain copies on their personal file. If they wish to share their immigration status with you, however, they will need to provide you with a right to work share code which you enter on the GOV.UK website, along with their date of birth.

If they have any additional queries they should be advised to contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre online or on 0300 123 7379. 

Teachers Pay Policy 2020

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Order 2020 has now been laid in Parliament to enable it to become a Statutory Instrument in law on 14th October with its provisions back-dated to 1st September 2020.  Full agreement on a revised Local Authority (LA) recommended Teachers’ Pay Policy was reached at the Schools’ Joint Consultative Committee for formal adoption by the LA and recognised trade unions once the Schools Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2020 (STPCD) becomes law.

Single Central Record (SCR) – Pre-employment checks on staff employed centrally and working in schools

Schools and Academies must include staff employed centrally by Derbyshire County Council (DCC) on their SCR if they visit the school on a regular basis or where DCC staff work regularly in school under a contract for services for example Catering/Cleaning/Caretaking Services.

In these circumstances schools are not expected to carry out checks but are required to secure confirmation from DCC that such staff have received the relevant checks. A letter on behalf of DCC that confirms the appropriate checks have been undertaken and that staff who work in school have undertaken appropriate safeguarding training and updates needs to be attached to the SCR.

The letter has been updated and is attached to this page.

Single Central Record DBS – Guidance for Schools update 2019

An important update for schools on the maintenance of the Single Central Record is available now.

This revised guidance updates schools on the requirement that all governors of a maintained school are required to have had a Section 128 check using the Teachers Regulation Agency, Employer Secure Access Portal. Maintained schools will need, as a matter of urgency, to undertake the Section 128 check on all school governors and record on the SCR that this check has been undertaken and when. The guidance is attached to this page.

Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd on tel: 01629 538513

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