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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

May 23, 2018

Judge criticises SEN Tribunal for Wales for refusal to accept case

A judge has made withering criticisms of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales, which he said had been wrong both to refuse to accept a case for appeal and to try to influence him as to its merits.
May 17, 2018

Disabled teacher who showed horror film to class wins £646k payout

A disabled teacher who showed the 18-rated film Halloween to a class of 15- and 16-year-olds has had his claim for discrimination arising from disability upheld in the Court of Appeal and is reportedly set to receive a £646,000 payout.
May 10, 2018

Ombudsman criticises faith school for poor admissions appeal

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised a Leicester faith school for the way it handled a family’s school admissions appeal.
May 09, 2018

Group crowd funds for legal challenge over building of school on playing fields

A crowdfunding campaign has raised £3,700 to engage law firm Irwin Mitchell in a dispute over a plan to build a school on playing fields at Rokeby, near Rugby.

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.

Older articles

Apr 26, 2018

Browne Jacobson advises city council on funding for £58m skills hub

Browne Jacobson has advised Nottingham City Council on a £18m loan facility to fund the construction of a flagship £58m skills hub for Nottingham College.
Apr 24, 2018

School transport providers fined after council carries out licensing checks

A private hire operator and a driver have been fined after licensing officers at Reading Borough Council carried out checks on vehicles and drivers fulfilling school transport contracts.
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 29, 2018

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.
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 16, 2018

County faces legal action over £20m cut to services for disabled children

A group of families has threatened Surrey County Council with a judicial review challenge over its decision to cut its schools and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) budgets by £20m.
Mar 16, 2018

Reverter of school site

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.
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.
Mar 14, 2018

Court rejects claim against council brought by heirs of donor of school land

Oxfordshire County Council does not owe money to the heirs of someone who donated land more than 100 years ago to provide a school, a High Court judge has ruled.
Mar 13, 2018

Tribunal rejects appeal for disclosure of details of council review of education law firm

The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has dismissed an appeal calling for the disclosure of information on a council’s review of its working arrangements with Baker Small and the authority’s use of the education law firm.
Mar 08, 2018

Ombudsman upholds 80% of complaints about Education and Health Care Plans

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is upholding about 80% of complaints it investigates about Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), it has been revealed.
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…

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