(Please see 'more details' for options for academies and independent schools.)
For 2016-17, we are delighted to offer two options for schools for Legal Services.
Option A is the popular annual subscription Legal Advice Service and Option B is a service providing Legal Case Work for schools.
Option A - Legal Advice Service
Lawyers in the Council’s Legal Service are available to provide an ad hoc legal advice service to schools on a range of legal matters, including contracts, employment law and property matters.
This legal advice service does not provide substantive assistance or undertake casework, for example commencing or defending proceedings, although this can be arranged (see Option B below).
The Council’s Legal Service will take instructions by telephone or in writing and will endeavour to provide a substantive response within 10 working days. A shorter timescale can be negotiated for urgent matters.
Price of the legal advice service is £310 per annum.
Option B - Legal Case Work
If a school requires significant legal work to be undertaken (including commencing or defending legal proceedings, employment tribunal work, property transactions etc) then this can be arranged.
Such work may be carried out by the Council’s Legal Service or through the Public Law Partnership (PLP). PLP is a consortium of local authority legal departments, including Essex County Council (which has the expertise and capacity to deal with most matters).
Work can be undertaken at very competitive rates ranging between £43 and £134 per hour (plus disbursements) depending on the seniority of the lawyer allocated to the matter and the complexity of the case.
Any school requiring such legal case work is asked to contact one of the officers below to discuss the matter.
Teenage Pregnancy Support
Pregnant teenagers and young parents of statutory school age need in-depth and sustained one to one support to help them address the barriers to education, training and employment opportunities and to enable them to have aspirations to fulfil their potential.
Our specialist teenage personal adviser (also based with Early Help, Family Support and Youth Offending team) can offer this necessary support and help to pregnant teenagers and young parents. She can also work with schools to ensure that Government guidance on the education of school age parents are in place.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is committed to providing young people with an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development, which is of the highest quality and the widest reach
The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is available to all Secondary schools In Southend. There are 3 levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The main difference between them is the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age a student can start.
Schools can start students in Year 9 with a Bronze Level Award and can go on to do Silver and Gold in following years:
Bronze – for those aged 14+ years
Silver – for those aged 15+ years
Gold – for those aged 16+ years
Four sections – Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition
Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.
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