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Academies and DfE statutory guidance

Are academies legally obliged to comply with Department of Education statutory guidance? If so, what is the source of that obligation? LexisPSL Local Government reports.

News headlines

Jan 08, 2018

Government issues policy note on procurement and data protection changes

The Crown Commercial Service has published a policy note (PPN) on the impact on procurement of changes to data protection legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Jan 02, 2018

Department for Education legal director awarded OBE

The Legal Director for the Department for Education was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Dec 14, 2017

Law Commission to consider reforms to administrative review procedures

The Law Commission is to consider whether reforms are needed to procedures for administrative reviews, where public bodies look again at a decision when someone complains that they have been treated unfairly by a decision.

Features and analysis

Governance in academies

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Good governance in academies is a key focus for the Department for Education. Mark Johnson looks at the most important considerations.

Mergers in the further education sector

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Mergers between further education colleges are becoming increasingly common. Caraline Johnson explains what can help make a combination successful.

The gap in the law in England and Wales

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Huw Williams examines the increasing divergence between the law in England and Wales and considers what this means for local authorities.

Grammar schools: back to the future?

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Satnam Virdi reviews recent evelopments in relation to grammar schools, including the Government's latest proposals.

Older articles

Dec 15, 2017

Academies and DfE statutory guidance

Are academies legally obliged to comply with Department of Education statutory guidance? If so, what is the source of that obligation? LexisPSL Local Government reports.
Sep 22, 2017

Governance in academies

Good governance in academies is a key focus for the Department for Education. Mark Johnson looks at the most important considerations.
Jul 28, 2017

Mergers in the further education sector

Mergers between further education colleges are becoming increasingly common. Caraline Johnson explains what can help make a combination successful.
May 26, 2017

The gap in the law in England and Wales

Huw Williams examines the increasing divergence between the law in England and Wales and considers what this means for local authorities.
Jan 05, 2017

Grammar schools: back to the future?

Satnam Virdi reviews recent evelopments in relation to grammar schools, including the Government's latest proposals.
Nov 18, 2016

Faith schools and segregation

Segregation in faith schools does not offend the Equality Act, a High Court judge has ruled. Rosalind English analyses the judgment.
Nov 04, 2016

Council functions and the PSED

Christopher Knight analyses an important ruling on a council's functions and the discharge of the public sector equality duty and other procedural obligations.
Nov 04, 2016

Scrapping the Education Bill

The Education Secretary's decision to drop proposed legislation that would have seen the academisation of all schools in England mirrors the new Government's approach to devolution, writes Frances Woodhead.
Jul 18, 2016

Checks on academy governors

Katie Michelon sets out the safeguarding checks that academies are required to carry out on their governors.
Jul 07, 2016

Recent rulings on legitimate expectation

James Goudie QC sets out the key points from recent rulings on legitimate expectation.
Jun 30, 2016

Consultation in austerity

Paul Feild provides a practical note on consultation procedure for local government practitioners and gives advice on how to carry out consultation which should be resilient to challenge.
May 26, 2016

Censorship or justified concern?

A High Court judge recently heard a group of academics' judicial review challenge to a university's decision to withdraw permission for a conference on international law and Israel. Dominic Ruck Keene analyses the judgment.
May 20, 2016

The PSED and procurement

Anja Beriro analyses the interplay between the public sector equality duty and the public procurement regime.
May 12, 2016

Academies and public law: Pt 2

In the second in a two-part series, Mark Johnson looks at what academies should consider when carrying out consultation.
May 05, 2016

Public law pitfalls for academies

In the first of a two-part series, Mark Johnson looks at issues around inadequate consultation and other public law pitfalls for academies.
May 05, 2016

Community engagement and social media

How can local government minimise the risks when using social media to boost community engagement? Dan Read explains.
Apr 14, 2016

Educational Excellence Everywhere?

The Government has recently published a white paper that is essential reading for those in education. Rachel Kamm examines the key proposals.
Mar 10, 2016

School closure consultation

The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to a Welsh council’s plans to close a secondary school. James Goudie QC explains why.
Feb 18, 2016

Academy sponsorship details and FOI

A recent case in the First-tier Tribunal has served as a pertinent reminder that certain information relating to the funding of academies may be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Richard Auton reports.
Jan 28, 2016

The revised consultation principles

The Cabinet Office has issued a revised set of consultation principles. Stuart Thomson looks at the key changes.

Older articles

Nov 07, 2014

Out of borough placements

The Court of Appeal recently rejected a challenge by a homeless mother to a London borough's offer of temporary accommodation near Milton Keynes. Ian Peacock explains why.
Oct 31, 2014

The Housing (Wales) Act: key points

Vicky Kells examines a number of the key provisions in the Housing (Wales) Act, including in relation to homelessness and standards for local authority tenants.
Oct 29, 2014

Haringey Council Tax Benefit consultation unlawful, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court has ruled that Haringey's consultation on proposed changes to its Council Tax Benefit scheme was unlawful as it failed to outline alternative methods of dealing with cuts to funding.

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