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Investigation training for Independent Schools

March 12- 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Bookings are now open for our ‘Investigations training for Independent Schools’ session, on Tuesday 12 March 2024 in our London office.

Tuesday 12 March 2024


9:30am - 3:30pm

Independent Schools

Investigations, in their many forms, are an increasingly common part of school life. Conducting them effectively is key to compliance and to managing risk. This can be challenging to achieve in practice.

This seminar will cover the commissioning and conduct of investigations. It will cover both employment and parent/pupil investigations.

This seminar will be supported with the use of practical examples and case studies. During the session we will look into detail at:

  • How to set clear terms of reference
  • The role of an investigating officer
  • How to undertake a fair and lawful investigation
  • Identifying and gathering relevant evidence
  • Taking witness statements (including from reluctant witnesses and pupils)
  • Handling sensitive safeguarding or criminal allegations and the interplay with the police or external agencies
  • Disclosure and sharing of information under the GDPR​.

We will also be joined by Simon Martin, HR consultant at Narrow Quay HR. He will share his experience of acting as an investigation officer and give practical tips for planning and writng up investigations and dealing with the various challenges he has faced.

Who should attend this event?

Governors, Heads (including Deputies and Assistants), HR directors and managers, DSLs and those involved in the behaviour management of students and anyone involved in the oversight, commissioning and conduct of investigations in their role.

There are numerous situations where schools may find an investigation is required:

    • A member of staff raises a grievance or uses the school’s whistleblowing procedure to raise a concern
    • An allegation is made against a member of staff which might lead to a disciplinary hearing
    • A parent raises a complaint and invokes the formal stage of the school’s complaints policy
    • A pupil makes a disclosure which raises a concern about potential bullying or peer on peer abuse​.

This session will ensure you are properly equipped to deal with these situations, should an event like this arise. 

The event will run to the following schedule.

Refreshments throughout the day and Lunch will be provided.

  • 9.30am – Registration and refreshments
  • 10.00am – Training start
  • 11.15am – Refreshment break
  • 1.00pm – Lunch
  • 2.00pm – Training resumes
  • 3.30pm – Training finish

Our speakers for this session

Tabitha Cave

Tabitha Cave



Alice Reeve

Alice Reeve



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March 12
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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