International students – Education Law Blog

‘R (London College of Finance and Accounting) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2015) EWHC 1688 (Admin) is yet another decision on an attempted judicial review of the suspension and/or revocation of a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence. The power of the Secretary of State (“the SoS”) to issue and regulate Tier 4 Sponsor Licences is one of a range of ancillary and incidental administrative powers vested in the SoS. The regime is effectively run by the ‘UK Visas and Immigration’ (“UKVI”) section within the Home Office and its operation is governed not by the Immigration Act 1971 itself, but within policy guidance documentation (‘Sponsor Guidance’) which is issued and amended on behalf of the SoS with “bewildering frequency” (per Lord Sumption in New London College).’

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Education Law Blog, 18th June 2015

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Apprenticeships to receive legal protection – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2015 in bills, education, news by sally

‘The government plans to legally protect apprenticeships, so the term cannot be abused.’

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BBC News, 14th June 2015

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Education and Adoption Bill published – Education Law Blog

‘The Education and Adoption Bill was presented to Parliament on 3 June 2015. The proposed legislation would make the following changes to education law in England and Wales.No date has been announced yet for the second reading.’

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Education Law Blog, 4th June 2015

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Education bill to close loopholes blocking academies expansion – The Guardian

‘The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has vowed to “sweep away bureaucratic and legal loopholes” obstructing the takeover of as many as 1,000 struggling local authority schools in England and their rapid conversion into academies.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2015

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Upper Tribunal decisions on Part 4 of SEN statements – Education Law Blog

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in education, news, special educational needs, tribunals by sally

‘First up, MA v Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (SEN) [2015] UKUT 0186 (AAC). In this judgment, the Upper Tribunal considers the legal status of an ASD unit within a mainstream school.’

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Education Law Blog, 31st May 2015

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High Court rules faith school transport scheme unlawful – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 28th, 2015 in education, news, race discrimination, transport, Wales by sally

The High Court has struck down a council’s school transport policy following complaints from parents at six faith schools that the City and County of Swansea’s new scheme was discriminatory.

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th May 2015

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Queen’s Speech 2015: Scrapping the human rights act, right to buy, and an EU referendum – what you can expect – The Independent

‘The Queen’s Speech marks the start of this session of parliament. The address, written by government ministers, is delivered by the Queen and lays out the Government’s agenda for the next year.’

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The Independent, 26th May 2015

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Council defeats second judicial review challenge to nursery education decision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 20th, 2015 in children, education, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘Two mothers have lost a High Court challenge to a council’s decision to stop providing full time nursery education free of charge for three-year-old children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2015

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Faith school wins judicial review over adjudicator findings on admissions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 6th, 2015 in costs, education, judicial review, news, school admissions by sally

‘A high-profile faith school won a High Court judicial review last month over the Schools Adjudicator’s finding that its admission arrangements for 2014 and 2015 were unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th May 2015

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London Oratory school wins partial victory in admissions ruling – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2015 in Christianity, education, news, school admissions by sally

‘The London Oratory school, which educated the sons of former prime minister Tony Blair and current deputy PM Nick Clegg, has won a partial victory in a long-running legal battle over its admissions procedures.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2015

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Family of burglar who fell through roof face £250k bill for trying to sue council – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge rules in Staffordshire council’s favour after Thomas Buckett suffered 10 skull fractures and spent two weeks in a coma.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2015

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Bailiffs visit parents who took child out of school – Daily Telegraph

‘Parents hit with £1,200 bill after taking teenage son on holiday during school term.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2015

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Nzolameso v Westminster City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Nzolameso v Westminster City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another intervening) [2015] UKSC 22; [2015] WLR (D) 165

‘A local housing authority, in carrying out its duties under the Housing Act 1996, was obliged to accommodate a homeless person in suitable accommodation within its district if it was reasonably practicable to do so. The authority was to determine the suitability of the proposed accommodation by reference to the needs of the individual homeless person and each member of her household and to its location. Where accommodation was offered outside the authority’s district, the placement was to be as close as possible to where the members of the household had previously lived. In reaching its decision, the authority was required to take account of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012/2601) and the guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. It was also required, by section 11(2) of the Children Act 2004, to have regard to the need to safeguard and to promote the welfare of the children concerned.’

WLR Daily, 2nd April 2015

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Top Catholic school takes fight for admissions policy to court – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2015 in Christianity, education, judicial review, news, school admissions by sally

‘The religious ethos of one of England’s oldest state-funded Catholic boys’ schools is at risk after an education watchdog attacked its admissions code, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2015

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Home Office to blacklist extremists to protect public sector – The Guardian

‘The Home Office is drawing up a blacklist of extremist individuals and organisations with whom the government and public sector should not engage, Theresa May has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2015

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What should we do with violent children? One secure home may have the answer – The Guardian

‘The young people locked up in Clayfields House have been convicted of serious crimes, from assault to murder. Under close supervision, many have turned their lives around – but now this unusual prison may be under threat.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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The Equality Act 2010: The interplay of the employment and educational protections – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 18th, 2015 in appeals, education, employment, equality, news, sex discrimination, tribunals by sally

‘In this case the legislative framework at play was the interplay between the education and employment protections in the Equality Act 2010 (‘the Act’). S56(5) was the particular provision under the microscope, which provides that training or guidance covered by s91(within the education provisions of the Act) falls outside the employment services protection afforded by s55; it provides that s56 ‘does not apply in relation to training or guidance for students of an institution to which s91 applies in so far as it is training or guidance to which the governing body of the institution has power to afford access’.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 12th January 2015

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School exclusion revised guidance withdrawn after legal action threat – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in complaints, education, news, school exclusions by tracey

‘The government has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown on school exclusions just weeks after introducing new guidelines to headteachers aimed at toughening up discipline in schools.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2015

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Schools watchdog chief denies Ofsted has anti-Christian agenda – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2015 in Christianity, complaints, education, news, select committees by sally

‘The chief inspector of schools has been forced to deny that Ofsted had a political agenda against Christian schools after he came under fire from MPs following damning reports by inspectors for two free schools.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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Parents face court over term-time break after schools split on permission – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2015 in education, families, fines, holidays, local government, news, school children by sally

‘A Rotherham couple have fallen foul of a government crackdown on term-time holidays after they applied for permission to take their two children on a family trip and were told that their daughter’s school had approved the request but their son’s had turned it down.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2015

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