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Tier 4 sponsor workshop and returning to school in September
23 Jun 2020 - 23 Jun 2020

Tier 4 sponsor workshop and returning to school in September


Date: June 23, 2020


Why should you attend?

This seminar will take attendees through the latest UKVI Tier 4 sponsor guidance focusing on how to make sure your school is compliant with the various sponsor duties and responsibilities. Delegates will be talked through a series of factors to consider including recruitment/admissions, record keeping and reporting.
Given the impact COVID-19 has had globally, this session will also address any changes and updates to this process, notably the return to school at the start of the academic year, attributed to COVID-19.



Morning session - General overview of challenges boarding schools may face in relation to return to school in September 2020 including:

  • Health and safety concerns / bubbles / social distancing and PPE
  • Quarantine
  • Blended learning
  • Local re-infection – impact on resources
  • Second lockdown
  • Terms and conditions – operational considerations

Afternoon - Tier 4 and COVID19 impact on September intake including:

  • CAS allocation
  • Recruitment overseas and within the UK
  • Blended learning
  • Compliance obligations
  • Basic Compliance Assessment
  • Educational oversight

This workshop will run from a 10:30am start and 3:30pm finish but will be broken in to two sessions, 10:30-12:30 and 13:30-15:30.



Hazar El-Chamaa, Partner, Immigration, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP 
Recognised for her expertise in the education sector, Hazar’s clients include universities, independent schools and large private education providers, whom she assists on all aspects of compliance, risk management, restructuring and business strategies. Hazar is a frequent speaker on immigration law and gives training on compliance with sponsorship licence duties under Tier 4 and Tier 2 as well as with prevention of illegal working legislation. She is an elected trustee of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) and has provided training for ILPA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Boarding Schools Association.

Gemma Woodhouse, Partner, Employment and Education, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
Gemma specialises in advising independent schools on a number of HR and education specific issues including safeguarding responsibilities and compliance requirements. She regularly writes in the ISBA Bursar’s Review and attends the ISBA conference. Gemma frequently provides training to schools on employment updates, safeguarding requirements and management of staff including performance management. Gemma hosts several of our HR forums for independent schools across a number of counties.


Emma Davies, Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Health & Safety, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
Emma has a particular interest in data protection and FOIA matters, fire, health and safety compliance, and environmental matters. She regularly advises clients facing litigious data subject access requests, internal investigations or interventions from their regulator, and also acts in related civil disputes. Emma is known for her practical approach and for successfully liaising with regulatory bodies such as the HSE and Environment Agency on behalf of clients.


Virtual day seminar