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Statutory guidance and regular updates from your human resources (HR) department.

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Single Central Record DBS - Guidance for schools update 2021

Updated guidance for schools on the maintenance of the Single Central Record is attached.
This revised guidance updates schools on the changes to the checks that are required for EEA citizens as a result of BREXIT .

Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd - Email: carolyn.lloyd@derbyshire.gov.uk

Updated Managing allegations procedures

An updated procedure for managing allegations is attached. The procedure has been updated to reflect the changes to Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) for 2020. It was delayed until we were able to obtain national clarity around “unfounded” allegations specifically in relation to references.

There will be a further update later in 2021, once the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Procedures have been updated to reflect the changes made to the KCSIE 2021.

Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd - Email: Carolyn.lloyd@derbyshire.gov.uk

Brexit: Right to work checks

Schools will need to familiarise themselves with the most up to date information on the EU settlement scheme to ensure that the appropriate right to work checks are undertaken when newly appointing an EU citizen to a role in the school. 

From 1 July 2021, those EU citizens who have made a successful application to the EU Settlement Scheme will have been granted their immigration status digitally and can only prove their right to work using the Home Office online service prove your right to work to an employer.

Schools HR Advisory Service - Policy Change

We would like to thank everyone who completed our recent survey when we sought your views on potential improvements to some locally negotiated employment terms and conditions.

As a result of your feedback it has been agreed that with effect from 1 September 2021:

  • teachers will be paid 45p per mile for any necessary travel that they undertake for work.
  • teachers in maintained schools will be able to access a maximum of a two weeks paternity leave at normal pay.
  • for all employees, the entitlement of up to 2 weeks parental bereavement leave will be paid at full normal pay, regardless of service and earnings.

A revised Maternity, Paternity, Parental and Adoption Leave Scheme has been agreed and updated and is recommended for adoption by school Governing Boards. 

Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd: Carolyn.lloyd@derbyshire.gov.uk

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

The DfE has 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.

Teachers Pay Policy 2021

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2021 became a Statutory Instrument in law on 22 October 2021 with its provisions backdated to 1 September 2021.  Full agreement on a revised Local Authority (LA) recommended Teachers’ Pay Policy was reached at the Schools’ Joint Consultative Committee by the LA and recognised trade unions. 

 This policy is recommended to Headteachers and Governing Boards of maintained schools for adoption.Any questions please contact Carolyn Lloyd - telephone: 01629 538513

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.

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