Managing deficit budgets
Julia Harnden, ASCL Funding Specialist
In a changing education landscape and as budgets are continually squeezed confidence in financial management is essential. As pressure increases on leadership teams, budget responsibility needs to be shared and understood by more staff in schools.
This workshop provides practical advice to support the development and application of your skills in resource planning. Funding is one of the enabling factors in achieving your vision but requires a down-to-earth understanding of what it takes to work effectively within a balanced budget. What is the state of your school’s financial health? How can you test it?
Data Protection in schools
Clare Bates, Carson McDowell Solicitors
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018 across the UK. The aim of this piece of legislation is to update Data Protection across Europe. The UK Government has confirmed that irrespective of the policy in Brexit, GDPR will be adopted within the UK. If you currently comply with the DPA, then significant changes will not be required to ensure compliance with GDPR. You must have appropriate and proportionate governance arrangements in place in your school for dealing with personal information. Now is the right time to review your policies before the law changes in May 2018. Think about the 3 Ps – Policies, People and Procedures
Clare Bates is a leading expert on the area of data protection and has already explored this topic at the joint ASCL/Legal Island Education Law update in June 2017.
The charity registration process and schools
Sarah Burrows, Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors and Jayne Thompson, PTA UK
The education system in Northern Ireland consists of different types of schools which are overseen by the Department of Education and a range of other education bodies.
Some school structures may be required to apply to register as charities with the Commission, while others will not. This will depend on how they have been established.
An organisation must apply for registration as a charity in Northern Ireland, regardless of its income, size or whether or not it has received charitable tax status from HMRC, if:
it has exclusively charitable purposes
it is governed by the law of Northern Ireland
it is an institution, that is, it is an organisation that is an independent body, the hallmarks of which include having control and direction over its governance and resources
Sarah Burrows from Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors is an expert in the charity registration process and has done work for N Ireland schools. The charities legislation has created huge challenges for PTAs. PTA UK continues to support its members with our model constitution, approved by Charity Commission NI and other preapproved resources, but much more needs to be done in communicating the legislative requirement to PTAs and providing the assistance required. Jayne Thompson has extensive experience working with PTAs in Northern Irish Schools.