Jan 21, 2020
Legal constraints still make it too easy for illegal schools to operate in defiance of the law, the head of Ofsted has warned in her annual report.
Jan 17, 2020
Councils across England are being reminded about the financial support they must provide to foster carers’ school transport expenses following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman into Wolverhampton council.
Jan 17, 2020
The Local Government Ombudsman has issued a rare further report stating their recommendations were not implemented by Medway Council and the correct process to disagree with the recommendations was not followed.
Jan 14, 2020
The London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames has agreed to carry out a full audit of its education provision and pay £17,500 to three families after the Local Government Ombudsman strongly criticised the council’s children’s service provider, Achieving for Children, for not effectively supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Jan 09, 2020
A campaign group has threatened the governing body of a school on the Isle of Wight with a judicial review challenge in a dispute over reorganisation.
Dec 31, 2019
The Court of Appeal earlier this month granted the family of a Leicestershire teenager with special educational needs permission to appeal a High Court ruling dismissing their legal challenge over proposed changes to the county council’s school transport policy.
Dec 20, 2019
Three claimants are crowd funding a legal challenge against Oxfordshire County Council in a bid to remove the Oxfordshire Trans Inclusion Toolkit recommended to schools and educational settings, which they argue is “unlawful and damaging to children”.
Dec 17, 2019
A court has quashed Cornwall Council’s decision to refuse to provide funding that would enable a college to run a specialist three-year course for disabled young people on a five-day-a-week basis.
Dec 16, 2019
Essex County Council and the Governing Body of Sawyers Hall College were not ‘occupiers’ of a college building where a number of people suffered health problems from carbon monoxide exposure, the High Court has ruled.
Dec 09, 2019
The University of Reading is to appoint law firms to a legal services framework worth an estimated £1m over four years.
Dec 05, 2019
A school in Trafford has issued a legal challenge to regulator Ofsted in a bid to overturn being rated as ‘inadequate’.
Nov 27, 2019
A children's legal rights charity has launched an information hub to help professionals and community organisations challenge unfair school exclusions in England.
Nov 26, 2019
Injunctions restricting street protests over an infant and junior school’s teaching of “LGBT issues” should remain in place, a High Court judge has ruled.
Nov 20, 2019
A Church of England multi-academy trust facing legal action over compulsory collective worship in its schools has agreed to provide alternative inclusive materials and activities featuring no prayers or other acts of Christian worship.
Nov 19, 2019
The Legal Aid Agency has published the list of 21 providers appointed to two panels for the delivery of civil legal aid services in education and discrimination cases.
Nov 11, 2019
A new report has called for reform of the process by which schools permanently exclude students after suggesting that school teachers have an inconsistent understanding of their Equality Act duties and that Independent Review Panels (IRPs) lack the power to remedy unlawful exclusions.
Oct 29, 2019
Some 95% of decisions at special educational needs tribunals in 2017/18 were either won by parents, or saw local authorities withdraw or concede, it has been claimed.
Oct 23, 2019
Parents and schools should be given a direct line to appeal to the Department for Education where local authorities appear not to be complying with the law on support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), MPs have said.
Oct 21, 2019
NCG Corporation has appointed law firm Muckle to a contract for the provision of legal advisory services for up to four years.
Oct 10, 2019
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has heavily criticised a London borough over its failure to make agreed improvements to the way it decides school transport applications for children with disabilities.
Oct 07, 2019
A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge brought by three families over the level of the Government’s resourcing for provision to children with special educational needs and disabilities, it has been reported.
Oct 04, 2019
Complaints about support for children with special educational needs are being upheld in nearly nine out of ten cases investigated (87%), the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has revealed.
Oct 03, 2019
Ofsted has warned local authorities to make decisions about educational placements with due diligence, after an investigation found a number of councils were misled into paying thousands of pounds of public money for children to be educated in an unsafe, unregistered school.
Sep 30, 2019
Two further education colleges are to procure providers of legal due diligence services for their proposed merger.
Sep 26, 2019
The University of Portsmouth is looking to appoint an external law firm to work in partnership with its in-house legal team on a three to five-year deal.