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March 2018: News in brief

Half of top 50 worst gender pay gaps are in school academies

Public authorities have until Friday 30 March 2018 to publish their gender pay gap for 2017.

According to Personnel Today, 23 of the 50 organisations with the largest gender pay gaps so far are school academies or multi-academy trusts – five of which are in the top 10 worst offenders for paying men more than women.

Peninsula Learning Trust, based in Cornwall, had the largest gender pay gap of the 91 organisations providing primary and secondary education to have reported figures to date, with a median hourly gender pay gap of 59.8%.

Analysis by Personnel Today found that across the 91 primary and/or secondary education trusts where men were paid more than women, the median hourly gender pay gap was typically 29.7% – well above the 18.4% national average calculated by the Office for National Statistics.


Education worker fined £850 following conviction for data protection breach

An investigation by the Information Commissioners Office found that an apprentice in a school’s admissions department took a screenshot of a council spreadsheet which gave information about children who were eligible to receive free school meals. She then sent it to the estranged parent of one of the children via Snapchat. The image included the names, addresses, dates of birth and National Insurance numbers of 37 pupils and their parents. She also sent a copy of a school admission record relating to another child. The apprentice had received training on data protection.

She pleaded guilty to three offences of unlawfully obtaining and disclosing personal data, was fined £850 and had to pay prosecution costs of £713.

Find out more about the former council worker who was fined


Review of post 18 education and funding: Call for evidence

The independent panel supporting the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding is seeking evidence to inform how current funding arrangements meet the costs for “high quality” learning. Education and training providers, and academies, are encouraged to provide evidence.

This consultation is now open and closes at 11:45pm on Wednesday 2 May 2018.


New figures show 90% increase in employment tribunal claims

The Ministry of Justice has published provisional employment tribunal statistics for October to December 2017 which indicate that the abolition of tribunal fees has resulted in an increase in the numbers of claims lodged. Judged against the same period in 2016 (when fees were required) single tribunal claims have increased by 90%.

Even with this increase, claims are still significantly lower than they were prior to the introduction of fees and it will be interesting to see how far the numbers climb over the next few years.

The knock on effect of the increase in fees is that our tribunals are not coping with demand. These statistics suggest that there is a reduction in the time it takes to dispose of single and multiple claims but our recent experience is that complex claims are not being listed for hearing until 2019. We’ve also had several cases which have been cancelled the day before the hearing at huge cost to the parties.

Government review to see how employers are improving ethnic minority progression in the workplace

The government has commissioned research into the steps employers have taken to remove barriers to workplace progression for ethnic minorities.

The research will investigate how employers have implemented the recommendations made in the independent McGregor-Smith Review into black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) participation and progression in the workplace. It will focus on the measures employers have used to prevent the bullying and harassment of BAME staff members, and the frequency at which companies have reported their ethnicity pay gap.

The review is expected to last one year.

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