‘It was heartbreaking’: Family wins tribunal after special needs pupil excluded – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2018 in education, news, school exclusions, special educational needs, tribunals by sally

‘Mother tells of academy that seemed to care more about its behaviour policy than her son’s education’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2018

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Parents fined £24m for children’s truancy and term time holidays – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2018 in education, fines, holidays, news, school children, truancy by tracey

‘Parents across England and Wales have been fined about £24m for failing to send their children to school during the past three years, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2018

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Ofsted head seeks more powers to inspect unregistered schools – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2018 in education, news, select committees by tracey

‘The head of the schools watchdog, Ofsted, has called for greater oversight of children who are being educated outside mainstream schools, describing the system in England as “unusually permissive”.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2018

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Is there a problem with unregistered schools? – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2018 in child abuse, education, Islam, Judaism, local government, news by sally

‘School inspectors have warned that there are hundreds of unregistered schools but that they have few powers to investigate or shut them down.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2018

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Abuse concerns over unregistered schools – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2018 in child abuse, education, news by tracey

‘Concerns have been raised about child safety in unregistered schools, after a BBC investigation filmed a teacher appearing to strike a pupil’s head.’

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BBC News, 26th February 2018

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Government failure on discrimination and education law services – Legal Action

Posted February 14th, 2018 in education, equality, legal aid, news, public procurement by michael

“It’s not difficult to imagine what would happen if the government announced that it could not guarantee services for, say, something like diabetes. There would be an outcry, ministers would be hauled before parliament to answer questions and would face being skewered on Newsnight. And quite rightly so. In contrast, though, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) announced this week that it is abandoning the procurement process for education and discrimination law advice, leaving a question mark over the continued provision of these services. So far there has been little or no furore over this decision.”

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Legal Action, February 2018

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Hate crime linked to schools in England and Wales soars – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2018 in education, hate crime, news, race discrimination, racism, statistics, transsexuals by sally

‘Hundreds of hate crimes have been committed at or near schools and colleges in the last two years, most rooted in race and ethnicity, figures reveal.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2018

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UK training body took out superinjunction to block critical report – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2018 in education, injunctions, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Britain’s biggest training provider successfully applied for a superinjunction that stopped official inspectors from passing on a critical report to the government, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2018

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‘Serious failing’: inquiry to scrutinise Toby Young’s OfS appointment – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2018 in education, government departments, inquiries, news, universities by tracey

‘An inquiry has been launched into the “serious failing” of appointing Toby Young to the board of the Office for Students without studying his long history of incendiary comments, the commissioner for public appointments has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2018

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Unregistered Jewish schools prompt call for new laws – BBC News

Posted January 8th, 2018 in education, Judaism, news, reports, school children by sally

‘The government must act to help up to 1,500 ultra Orthodox Jewish boys going to unregistered schools in the London borough of Hackney, says a report.’

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BBC News, 5th January 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep. 20: Assessing discrimination in faith-based state schools – 1 COR

Posted January 4th, 2018 in education, news, religious discrimination, sex discrimination by sally

‘Following Ofsted winning a judgment against an Islamic co-education state school, Rosalind English talks to Rajkiran Barhey about measuring unlawful discrimination in cases where two groups of students are treated equally, but separately, by their school.’

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Law Pod UK, 21st December 2017

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Why Does the UK Allow Schools to Discriminate Due To Religion? – Rights Info

Posted December 18th, 2017 in education, news, religious discrimination, school admissions by sally

‘Around the world, there are very few countries which allow schools to pick pupils on the basis of their faith. The UK is one of them.’

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Rights Info, 18th December 2017

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Upper Tribunal judge refuses to set aside flawed SEN school ruling – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 14th, 2017 in costs, education, local government, news, setting aside, special educational needs by sally

‘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.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th December 2017

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Are we ignoring an epidemic of sexual violence in schools? – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2017 in education, harassment, news, sexual offences, teachers by sally

‘In three years, 5,500 sexual offences against pupils have been reported to police. Too often staff seem ill-equipped or unwilling to deal with the problem – now pressure is mounting for the government to take action.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2017

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Retained Worker Status: When Does an EEA Student Remain a Worker for the Purposes of the EEA Regulations? – Drystone Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in civil partnerships, EC law, education, immigration, news by sally

‘I was recently instructed by Sterling & Law LLP in an EEA appeal against the refusal of permanent residence. The Appellant was a non-EEA national in a civil partnership with her wife, an EEA national. The Appellant sought to establish that she was entitled to permanent residence having lived in the UK in accordance with the EEA Regulations for five years.’

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Drystone Chambers, 1st December 2017

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The Durand Academy Case and Regulatory Fairness – Blackstone Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, complaints, education, news, reports by sally

‘Durand Academy is a large school in Lambeth, serving a diverse community that has a high percentage of BAME families.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 17th November 2017

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Yet more on hijabs in primary schools – Law & Religion UK

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in education, Islam, news, school children by sally

‘In September, we posted an item on the controversy over small girls wearing the hijab in British nurseries and primary schools. There were various reports (eg in The Sunday Times and the Evening Standard) that “Children as young as three are being allowed to wear the hijab in British nurseries and primary schools.” The ST reported that its own survey had found that a fifth of 800 primary schools, including Church of England schools, list the hijab as part of their uniform. The Department for Education said that uniform policies were for schools to decide, adding: “If a school decided to allow a pupil to wear a burqa, that would be up to the school.” ‘

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Law & Religion UK, 20th November 2017

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Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance – Department for Education

Posted October 27th, 2017 in children, consultations, education, government departments, news, regulations by sally

‘This consultation seeks views on significant revisions to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.’

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Department for Education, 25th October 2017

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Local authority wins tribunal case over student accommodation and council tax – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Valuation Tribunal has dismissed an appeal by a student accommodation provider over the application of council tax exemptions to student flats.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th October 2017

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Islamic Faith School’s Gender Segregation Ruled Unlawful – RightsInfo

Posted October 16th, 2017 in education, equality, gender, Islam, news, school children, sex discrimination by sally

‘An Islamic faith school which has a policy of separating girls and boys has been told the rules are unlawful.’

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RightsInfo, 13th October 2017

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