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The next few years will be an interesting and challenging period for the education sector as the Government progresses with its academies and free schools programmes. For many school leaders this means becoming employers for the first time.

ACAS provide free and impartial information and advice to employers on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. They give advice and guidance to 800,000 callers a year via a telephone helpline and promote good practice through training.

They keep up to date on the latest developments through links with the Department of Education, schools, education Trade Unions and advisors of organisations in the education sector. The breadth and depth of our expertise puts ACAS in a unique position to help schools establish and maintain good employment relations from the start.

In September 2016, in partnership with Irwin Mitchell’s specialists in the education sector, ACAS are launching the ACAS Schools Forum as part of our continued commitment to supporting the education sector.

The Schools Forum will be a free networking group for School HR, School business managers and School bursars. Membership is open to all types of education establishments e.g. maintained schools, academies, free schools and colleges.

The Forum will hold quarterly meetings and members will have access to an ACAS Schools Forum blog to share their views, experiences and insights on the world of employment relations, including areas such as conflict management, health and wellbeing, employee engagement and sector news and updates.

Events cover topics from within the HR/ Employment law field and presentations will be given from specialists within the education sector. The Forum is designed to share best practice and support HR professionals in their role.

The Forum is free to join. To register your interest please email Gino Greco at ACAS on GGRECO@acas.org.uk.