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Teachers and disclosure of relationships

The Supreme Court recently upheld the fairness of the dismissal of a head teacher, for non-disclosure of a relationship with a convicted sex offender. Phil Allen looks at the lessons from the judgment.

News headlines

Apr 17, 2018

Fewer than half of firms retain place on £46m further education legal services panel

The Crescent Purchasing Consortium, which is owned by bodies in the further education sector, has named 20 law firms to its second legal services framework, which has been estimated to be worth up to £46m.
Apr 11, 2018

Campaigners claim DfE to end collection of children’s nationality data

Campaign group Against Borders for Children (ABC) has claimed that the Department for Education (DfE) is to end the collection of children’s nationality and country of birth data in schools.
Apr 05, 2018

Parents and carers eye judicial review of changes to SEN funding by Hackney

A group of parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Hackney are crowd funding a potential legal challenge to the London borough’s plans to make changes to SEND funding.
Mar 27, 2018

Failure to weigh benefits of new school sees decision by inspector quashed

A planning inspector gave insufficient weight to the benefits a school to be provided by a developer would bring to a locality, the High Court has said.
Mar 15, 2018

Head teacher fails in Supreme Court challenge to dismissal over failure to disclose

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal brought by a head teacher who was sacked after she failed to disclose her friendship with a convicted sex offender to a local authority.

Features and analysis

Reverter of school site

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The heirs to a landowner who donated a site for a school more than 100 years ago recently claimed a substantial proportion of the proceeds of sale held by a council. James Goudie QC explains the outcome.

Academies and DfE statutory guidance

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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.

Separate but (not?) equal

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Ofsted recently won a high-profile Court of Appeal case over a Birmingham school’s practice of segregating boys and girls over the age of nine, despite it being nominally a mixed school. Richard O'Dair analyses the ruling.

Challenging Ofsted

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In a surprising twist to the long running saga‎ of Durand Academy the High Court ruled that a damning Ofsted report, following an inspection late last year, should be quashed. Andrea Squires reports.

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Mar 08, 2018

Supreme Court to rule next week on disclosure obligations of head teachers

The Supreme Court will next week (14 March) rule on the scope of a head teacher’s contractual obligation of disclosure and her right to a private life.
Mar 06, 2018

Parents criticised for approach to Equality Act in case over education of daughter

A judge has criticised two parents for their use of the Equality Act 2010 in a series of legal cases brought over their daughter’s education.
Feb 27, 2018

Watchdog doubts ability of DfE to pursue large numbers of academy conversions

The National Audit Office has issued a report questioning the Department for Education’s ability to continue converting large numbers of maintained schools to academies.
Feb 22, 2018

Ex-council worker fined for illegally sharing personal information

A former local authority education worker who admitted to unlawfully obtaining and sharing personal information about schoolchildren and their parents has been fined £850 and ordered to pay £713 in costs. The Information Commissioner’s Office said…
Feb 16, 2018

DfE faces legal action over collection of data of children in ‘alternative provision’

The Department for Education is facing a legal challenge over its decision to instruct local authorities to provide data on children who have been moved out of the mainstream school system.
Feb 07, 2018

Campaigners to crowd fund legal action over conversion of school to academy

Campaigners against the conversion of a Newham primary school to academy status have launched a crowdfunding page to try to raise the money needed to take the dispute to judicial review.
Feb 06, 2018

Legal Aid Agency cancels procurement of education and discrimination services

The Legal Aid Agency has cancelled its procurement process for CLA (Civil Legal Advice) education and discrimination services from 1 September 2018.
Jan 31, 2018

Legislative gaps hinder "ensuring suitable education at home, unregistered settings”

Current legislation does not support local authorities to effectively safeguard vulnerable learners and ensure they are receiving a suitable education either in their home or in unregistered settings, also known as illegal schools, the Association…
Jan 29, 2018

Purchasing group for Catholic education bodies to set up £15m legal services framework

A purchasing body set up to promote better buying within Catholic education establishments and dioceses in England and Wales has launched the procurement of a legal services framework agreement worth an estimated £15m.
Jan 24, 2018

Council defends decision that education, health and care plan not necessary

The Upper Tribunal has dismissed an appeal that claimed Birmingham City Council had been wrong on three grounds when it decided an education, health and care (EHC) plan was not necessary for a 10-year-old child.
Jan 23, 2018

County council agrees exit deal with £10m+ payment after Carillion collapse

Oxfordshire County Council has formally terminated its contract with Carillion LGS Limited, following the collapse of the parent company last week.
Jan 17, 2018

Council to be prosecuted following death of school pupil

The Health and Safety Executive is to prosecute Bridgend County Borough Council following the death of Ashley Talbot, a pupil at Maesteg Comprehensive School, on 10 December 2014.
Jan 16, 2018

Council takes legal advice after planning appeal on new school dismissed

The London Borough of Bromley has said it has taken legal advice after the dismissal of a planning appeal about a proposed boys school.
Jan 10, 2018

Give councils tougher powers to deal with unregistered faith schools: report

Councils should be given tougher powers to deal with unregistered faith schools that operate outside the normal inspection and safeguarding regimes, a scrutiny report from the London Borough of Hackney has recommended.
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.
Dec 13, 2017

Upper Tribunal judge refuses to set aside flawed SEN school ruling

The First Tier Tribunal made a legal error in a case concerning which school a child with special needs should attend, but not one so serious that it required its decision to be set aside, an Upper Tribunal judge has ruled.
Dec 12, 2017

Council criticised for failure to provide suitable education to boy with SEN

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Essex County Council for failing to provide suitable education to a boy with special educational needs (SEN) for two terms after he stopped attending his special school.
Nov 29, 2017

Purchasing consortium to re-procure £46m legal services panel

The Crescent Purchasing Consortium, which is owned by bodies in the further education sector, has begun the procurement of its second legal services framework, which this time is estimated to be worth up to £46m over three years.
Nov 22, 2017

Union hits out at council after withdrawing strike action plans

The NASUWT union has withdrawn plans for strike action at three schools this week, following warnings of a legal challenge from Glasgow City Council.
Nov 21, 2017

Campaigners to challenge DfE policy on collecting birth and nationality info

Campaigners are looking to crowd fund a legal challenge over the Department of Education’s (DfE) policy of collecting country of birth and nationality information on eight million children in England.

Older articles

Aug 24, 2017

Universities and the Prevent Duty

The High Court has ruled on a legal challenge over the Prevent Duty guidance issued to higher education institutions. Paul Bowen QC and Zahra Al-Rikabi explain the outcome.
Aug 04, 2017

University appoints two firms to £500k legal services contract

The University of Bradford has named two firms to a legal services contract worth an estimated £500,000.
Jun 14, 2017

University appoints three law firms to £2.7m legal services panel

The University of Edinburgh has appointed three law firms to a £2.7m, three-year legal services panel.
May 24, 2017

Kent and 21 law firms named on national higher education legal panel

Kent County Council Legal Services, which will next month become alternative business structure Invicta Law, has been appointed alongside 21 law firms to a new national legal services framework agreement for the higher education sector worth…
Apr 18, 2017

University of Glasgow to procure legal services contract

The University of Glasgow has begun the procurement of a legal services contract that could last up to four years.
Apr 10, 2017

Pinsent Masons advises university on £197m student accommodation deal

Pinsent Masons has advised the University of Sussex on its East Slope Residences project, a £197m student accommodation deal which has reached financial close.
Mar 02, 2017

Ministers to enshrine Haldane Principle on research into law

The Haldane Principle of keeping political factors out of decisions on research funding will be enshrined in the Higher Education and Research Bill, universities minister Jo Johnson has said.
Feb 23, 2017

Universities minister to clamp down on "essay mill" websites

The Government is to look for ways to thwart the growth of ‘essay mills’ - websites that allow students to buy custom-written essays that they can pass off as their own.
Feb 16, 2017

Higher education claims

The Administrative Court has given general guidance on judicial review and Office for the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) complaints. Jonathan Auburn reports.
Jan 03, 2017

University names eight providers to £4m legal services panel

The University of Exeter has named eight law firms and patent agents to a legal services framework agreement worth between £1m and £4m over a four-year period.
Dec 28, 2016

West Midlands university names six firms to £4m legal panel

Coventry University Higher Education Group has appointed six law firms to a panel worth up to £4m over four years.
Dec 12, 2016

University to set up panel of three law firms for contract worth up to £1.5m

The University of Lincoln is to award a framework agreement with three suppliers to cover high-level legal requirements.
Dec 07, 2016

Oxford University fails to have claim over alleged negligent teaching struck out

The University of Oxford has failed to persuade a High Court judge to strike out a claim brought by a former student over the quality of teaching on a history course more than 15 years ago.
Nov 23, 2016

Skills Funding Agency warning university of legal action in planning row: MP

The University of Lincoln faces legal action by the government in a planning dispute, according to Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough.
Oct 24, 2016

Accountancy giants win spots alongside law firms on universities legal framework

The North West Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) has named the legal arms of three accountancy giants alongside two law firms for a new legal services framework.
Oct 19, 2016

Prevent strategy "creates serious risk of human rights violations": report

The Government’s Prevent strategy in health and education “creates a serious risk of human rights violations and is also counterproductive”, it has been claimed.
Oct 19, 2016

Higher education purchasing consortia to set up national legal services panel

Five purchasing consortia for the higher education sector in England and Wales are to establish a National Framework Agreement for Legal Services.
Oct 18, 2016

University appoints three law firms to £600k contract

Aston University has appointed three law firms to a £600,000 contract to provide legal support.
Sep 20, 2016

Exeter University to set up legal services panel worth up to £4m

The University of Exeter is to appoint a panel of legal services providers to a contract worth up to £4m over four years.
Sep 08, 2016

Coventry University to procure legal panels worth £2m to £8m

Coventry University is to procure a legal services framework worth between £2m and £8m and to be made available to West Midlands universities.

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