Aug 06, 2020
At least 41 councils in the UK have policies that are restricting social care needs assessments and unlawfully impeding the rights of disabled children with autism, a new report has suggested.
Jul 31, 2020
A High Court judge has quashed a decision by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to implement proposals for a wide-ranging re-organisation of primary, secondary and sixth-form education in the Pontypridd area.
Jul 29, 2020
Worcestershire County Council has lost an Upper Tribunal case over which school a child with special educational needs should attend.
Jul 28, 2020
The High Court will this week hear a legal challenge to the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s decision to cut funding for special educational needs (SEN) provision.
Jul 13, 2020
A group of parents and carers have threatened Sutton Council with a judicial review challenge over the 2016 outsourcing of its statutory services for special educational needs and disabilities.
Jul 09, 2020
A group of parents of children with special educational needs or disabilities has been granted permission to take the London Borough of Waltham Forest to judicial review over spending cuts.
Jul 02, 2020
Somerset County Council has overturned at judicial review a decision by the South West Regional Schools Commissioner that a local middle school should become an academy.
Jul 02, 2020
Norfolk County Council has agreed to review its decision-making process and internal communications in relation to its special educational needs services, and provide its People and Communities select committee with regular updates on its performance, following a critical report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.
Jun 19, 2020
Law firm Browne Jacobson has appointed partner Bettina Rigg to its national education practice where she will be the firm’s Head of Higher Education.
Jun 17, 2020
A county council withdraws its new post-16 transport policy for the 2020-2021 academic year after being threatened with a judicial review challenge.
Jun 03, 2020
A Welsh council has lost an appeal over a ruling that it unfairly dismissed a group of claimants following the closure of the school where they worked and who were unsuccessful in applying for positions at a new school that opened at the same location.
May 26, 2020
Law firm DAC Beachcroft acted for Isle of Wight Council on its successful defence of an £8m multi-party dispute over a sixth form centre.
May 18, 2020
A primary school breached the Data Protection Act 1988 and Human Rights Act 1998 and unlawfully misused the personal information of a child with Down’s Syndrome and her mother, the High Court has ruled.
May 14, 2020
The Mayor of London has failed in a challenge by statutory review to a decision of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to allow an appeal by Harrow School against refusal of planning permission for a substantial development.
May 11, 2020
The Court of Appeal has dismissed a bid by a state-funded secondary school in the north of England to have an adverse Ofsted report quashed.
May 01, 2020
Lawyers in Local Government and the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) have produced guidance on new regulations changing the procedural and constitutional requirements in relation to school admission appeals.
Apr 30, 2020
Various statutory deadlines in four sets of regulations dealing with special educational needs and disabilities, principally those that relate to EHC [Education, Health and Care] needs assessment and plan processes, will be modified with effect from tomorrow (1 May).
Apr 30, 2020
A panel that hears appeals against decisions on school places in Richmond-upon-Thames must reconsider a decision in relation to a family resident in rented property, the High Court has ruled.
Apr 29, 2020
The High Court has granted a campaign group permission for a judicial review challenge over Oxfordshire County Council’s guidance on transgender issues in schools.
Apr 28, 2020
The Local Government Association has called on the Department for Education to urgently set out its definition of “reasonable endeavours” in a way that takes account of the pressures that councils are under in delivering support to children with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.
Apr 28, 2020
A High Court judge has granted permission for a claim for judicial review against Hampshire County Council’s Post 16 School Transport Policy.
Apr 20, 2020
The Metropolitan Police has agreed to review its governance of its Safer Schools Officers across London amidst concerns that their presence could have “disproportionately negative consequences” for black and minority ethnic groups, it has been reported.
Apr 16, 2020
The Department for Education has issued updated guidance on school admissions appeals during the coronavirus outbreak, as well as provided answers to frequently asked questions.
Apr 14, 2020
The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim that a 5% reduction in one element of its SEND provision was unlawful because the council was in breach of a duty to consult under s.27 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Apr 14, 2020
A recent judicial review claim of a local authority's school transport policy in the light of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008 and the Equality Act 2010 is understood to have been only the third Welsh medium High Court matter to date.