Legal Update for Schools' 2020

Legal Update for Schools' 2020

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, this event has been postponed until Autumn 2020. If you'd like to be notified when the new date is confirmed, please email

This event is brought to you by Legal Island, in association with NAPD and Mason Hayes & Curran.

It’s never been easy being a school leader and it’s not getting any easier. Not only do you face new rules and regulations in relation to education, you also have to be aware of employment and data protection law changes, best practice and be a people-manager to those inside and outside your school.

This event combines those legal and practical aspects to bring you a complete update in one day on the key issues affecting the school sector in 2020.

In addition to those three interactive legal sessions, we have a special afternoon session focussing on research in the school sector in Ireland into major issues affecting every school in Ireland.

After attending you will be better able to:

  • Implement any new changes or policies required by recent developments in Education, Employment and Data Protection Laws.
  • Understand the relevance of recent case law developments to your school and the work that you do.

Course overview/outline programme

In the morning we have three sessions delivered by the legal team from Mason Hayes & Curran:

  • MHC’s Schools' Employment Law Update, covering issues, such as

-       Disability and Reasonable Accommodation;

-       Disciplining a teacher in relation to alleged emotional abuse; and

-       Managing long term absence

  • MHC’s Schools’ Education Law Round-up covering issues, such as

-       Managing Drugs in School;

-       The Student and Parent Charter Bill; and

-       Pupils with Autism/ADHD/ODD/EBD

  • MHC’s Schools’ Data Protection and Technology Round-up, covering issues, such as  

- Social Media and School Events;

- Covert recording of meetings; and

- Dealing with a data subject access request (DSAR).

Adequate time will be allowed for specific Q&A sessions and the morning will end with a panel discussion on all the legal issues covered.

In the afternoon we will have presentations and panel discussions on research in Ireland into child protection and anxiety issues in both the primary and post-primary sectors from two leading academics from UCD and DCU:

  • Anxiety and Depression in Primary Schools covers issues such as anxiety, depression, cyberbullying, self-harm and suicidal ideation in children
  • Anxiety, Gender and the Significant Role of One Good Adult identifies factors that enhance a young people’s wellbeing and also identifies ways to support our young people. 

Who is it for?
Delivered by leading experts in their field, this full day conference is designed to cover key topics essential to the work of Principals, Deputies and members of Boards of Management.

Where and when?
9:15am - 3:30pm, Autumn 2020
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport


Standard Rate: €245

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Event details


9.15am - 3.30pm


01 April 2020


Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport


Standard Rate: €245