Apr 30, 2021
Ombudsman recommends school should offer fresh appeal to child denied sixth form place after finding “significant faults” in the process
A Bromley grammar school has been asked to hold a fresh admissions appeal for a teenager wanting to enter its sixth form, and review the way it deals with future appeals, after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found a number of faults with the way it handled his case.
Apr 23, 2021
The Supreme Court has allowed Oxfordshire County Council's appeal in a case in which a family said the sale of school land worth £1.2m, which was gifted to the council by their late family member, was unlawful. The claimants, who are heirs of the late Robert Fleming who conveyed land to Oxfordshire County Council in 1914 and 1928 under the School Sites Act 1841, said that since the council sold…
Apr 18, 2021
Council faces High Court legal challenge over school closure as part of county-wide restructuring plan
A county council is facing a legal challenge over its decision to close a school as part of restructuring of its education system.
Apr 14, 2021
A borough council has had a costs order of £22,000 made against it by an Upper Tribunal Judge in a dispute over an Education, Health and Care plan for a man with learning disabilities.
Apr 09, 2021
Legal threat prompts council to retake decision to block humanist from religious education committee
Southampton City Council's religious education committee, the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE), has agreed to retake a decision to block a humanist from becoming a full committee member following a threat of legal action.
Mar 31, 2021
Upper Tribunal judge rules online hearing of EHC Plan case not unfair to visually impaired litigants
A hearing held online involving visually impaired litigants was not unfair – or if there was any such unfairness, it made no material difference, the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber has found.
Mar 26, 2021
Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in dispute over cut by London borough to element of SEND provision
The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal over the Court of Appeal’s rejection of a claim that a 5% reduction in one element of a London borough’s 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.
Mar 18, 2021
Court of Appeal says judge should have decided issue over statutory construction about timetable for producing amended EHC plans
An Administrative Court judge should have decided a point of statutory construction about the timetable for producing amended education health and care (EHC) plans instead of declining to do so since it was academic, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Mar 18, 2021
A 12-year-old Muslim girl has been told she can continue to wear a long skirt for religious reasons after the settlement of a dispute with Uxbridge High School.
Mar 09, 2021
Boy with special educational needs missed out on 16 months of provision because of council errors, Ombudsman finds
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has asked the London Borough of Redbridge to audit all children who receive Special Educational Needs provision at a borough school after the council left a boy without the support he needed for more than two years.