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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

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The NASUWT union has withdrawn plans for strike action at three schools this week, following warnings of a legal challenge from Glasgow City Council.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

Features and analysis

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.

Cheating and exam malpractice

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Andrea Squires sets out some of the lessons learned from investigating cases of cheating and exam malpractice.

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.

Older articles

Oct 17, 2017

Council withdraws decision to refuse humanist place on religious education body

A humanist has won the first round of a case against Vale of Glamorgan Council’s refusal to seat her on its standing advisory council on religious education (Sacre).
Oct 17, 2017

Ofsted wins Court of Appeal case over segregation at Birmingham school

Ofsted has won a 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.
Oct 13, 2017

Cheating and exam malpractice

Andrea Squires sets out some of the lessons learned from investigating cases of cheating and exam malpractice.
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.
Sep 14, 2017

Ombudsman upholds third complaint against council over support for boy with SEN

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised a London borough over repeated failures in relation to a boy with special educational needs, in a case where at one stage a council decision-making may have acted illegally when it…
Sep 13, 2017

Equalities watchdog sets up £500k fund for discrimination in education cases

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a £500,000 scheme aimed at fighting discrimination in education.
Sep 12, 2017

Christian parents in legal threat over boy wearing dress at primary school

The Church of England is facing a threat of legal action from Christian parents who object to a boy wearing dress at their son’s primary school.
Sep 12, 2017

Council wins injunction against duo to prevent disclosure of school information

The London Borough of Croydon has secured an injunction to prevent a former headteacher and an educational advocate from disclosing information about a school that it considers confidential.
Sep 12, 2017

Review of school transport guidance ordered amid "unlawful" policies claim

Education ministers are to review school transport statutory guidance following a campaign by children’s disability charity Contact.
Sep 06, 2017

School threatened with judicial review climbs down over Year 13 entry

The selective voluntary aided school in the London Borough of Bromley at the centre of a threatened judicial review over excluded sixth formers has climbed down.
Aug 31, 2017

Cornwall compensates autistic former pupil for "educational neglect"

A 21-year-old man has agreed to accept £165,000 in compensation and costs from Cornwall Council in an out-of-court settlement after claiming that he suffered educational neglect.
Aug 31, 2017

Council joins JR of school over sixth form exclusions

The London Borough of Bromley has joined as an interested party a judicial review of the actions of a school said to have excluded pupils from their final year when they scored insufficiently high exam marks.
Aug 24, 2017

Have you considered alternatives to suspension?

The High Court has held that by automatically suspending a teacher, a school had acted in breach of contract entitling the teacher to resign and make a claim for wrongful dismissal. Harmajinder Hayre examines the ruling.
Aug 16, 2017

School governor banned over involvement in 'Trojan Horse' affair

A former chair of governors at a school involved in Birmingham’s ‘Trojan Horse’ affair has been banned from office.
Aug 14, 2017

Ofsted report recommending special measures quashed over complaint procedures

A High Court judge has quashed an Ofsted report that judged a school to be ‘inadequate’ and recommended that it be placed in special measures.
Aug 10, 2017

The status of city technology colleges

The Administrative Court has ruled on the status of city technology colleges for the first time. Leon Glenister explains the outcome.
Aug 03, 2017

Proceedings against alleged 'Trojan Horse' teachers ended

Attempts to ban teachers enmeshed in Birmingham’s Trojan Horse affair from the profession have ended.
Aug 03, 2017

SENDIST and local authorities

LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Shazia Akhtar of Hardwicke Chambers, look at the role and procedures of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, and set out the issues of which local authorities should be mindful.
Jul 20, 2017

School at centre of gender segregation court case forced to become academy

A school at the centre of a court battle over gender segregation is set to be compulsorily turned into an academy by the Government.
Jul 14, 2017

Court of Appeal rejects appeal against injunction over contents of 11-plus tests

The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal against a final injunction restraining the appellant from publishing or disclosing the contents of 11-plus tests used by a county council.

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