School fees in times of Covid: Tips for schools and parents – Monckton Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in contracts, coronavirus, education, fees, news, school children by sally

‘The lockdown has posed inordinate challenges for education – with schools and universities adjusting to remote learning on extremely short notice. For private schools and universities, there have been tough choices between furloughing staff, deciding which lessons and courses to continue and justifying the level of fees, when many parents are in financial difficulty themselves. Boarding schools and universities have additional problems as they have a high level of sunk costs in infrastructure for overseas students that, at present, are not allowed to travel.’

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Monckton Chambers, 19th May 2020

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A2P1 and Access to Education during Covid-19 – Monckton Chambers

‘As the home-time bell rang on 20 March 2020, schools and other educational providers across the country closed their doors in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The only pupils currently permitted to attend school are vulnerable children and the children of key workers. All children, however, continue to enjoy the right to education under Article 2 of the First Protocol (A2P1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).’

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Monckton Chambers, 18th May 2020

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Changes to the EHCP regime during Covid-19: a quick guide for parents and representatives – Monckton Chambers

‘On 1 May 2020, the entitlements of children with SEND (and their parents) in relation to the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan process changed. The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the “New Regulations”) came into force. They will expire on 25 September 2020 unless extended. The New Regulations amend four existing sets of Regulations including the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 (the “SEND Regulations”).’

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Monckton Chambers, 12th May 2020

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Teachers can legally refuse to return over health risk, says union – The Guardian

‘Teachers can legally refuse to return when schools reopen unless they get the same protections against coronavirus as other frontline staff, one of the UK’s leading teaching unions has warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2020

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Leviathan Challenged — the lockdown is compliant with human rights law (Part Two) – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In this article, Dominic Ruck Keene and Henry Tufnell argue that the challengers to the legislation have not shown that the measures adopted by the Government are disproportionate in the circumstances of the pandemic.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th May 2020

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School fails in Court of Appeal bid to have Ofsted report quashed – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 12th, 2020 in education, injunctions, judicial review, news, reports by sally

‘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.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th May 2020

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Families sue UK government over ‘little or no education’ for their children – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2020 in coronavirus, education, ministers' powers and duties, news by sally

‘Four families who say their children have received “little or no” education since schools in England were closed to most pupils have started legal action against the government.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2020

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Injuncting OFSTED reports – Court of Appeal maintains heightened hurdle test – Education Blog

Posted May 12th, 2020 in education, injunctions, judicial review, news, reports by sally

‘The normal Cyanamid test for granting an interim injunction is whether there is a serious issue to be tried; if so, whether damages would be a sufficient remedy; and if not, where the balance of convenience (or balance of injustice) lies. Sometimes these stages, particularly the last two, get compressed together.’

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Education Blog, 9th May 2020

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Coronavirus: Young offenders out of cells for 40 minutes a day – BBC News

‘Children at a young offenders institution have been let out of their cells for only 40 minutes a day due to coronavirus, a report has revealed.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2020

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Judge orders fresh hearing of appeal over school places decision after successful challenge by renting residents – Local Government Lawyer

‘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.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th April 2020

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Government legal move risks councils ‘downing tools’ on support for disabled children – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Department for Education has taken two key steps to relieve councils of duties related to children with special educational needs (SEN) during the Covid-19 crisis.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st May 2020

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ASA upholds legal training company’s complaint about competitor – Legal Futures

‘A company that trains foreign lawyers to qualify as solicitors has successfully complained about a competitor that claimed to be the number one provider.’

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Legal Futures, 30th April 2020

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Campaigners given permission for legal challenge over guidance from council on transgender issues in schools – Local Government Lawyer

‘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.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th April 2020

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Department for Education relaxes statutory timescales in four sets of regulations relating to SEN system – Local Government Lawyer

‘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).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th April 2020

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Met to review role of school police officers after legal challenge – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police are to review the role of officers in schools after a legal challenge raised concerns that they could have a disproportionately negative effect on pupils from black and minority ethnic groups.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2020

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Package Travel and Educational Institutions – 39 Essex Chambers

‘Is a field trip provided by a university to undergraduates as part of a degree course a package tour? The court considered the question in McCulloch v University of Leicester (HHJ Hedley, 27 February 2020).’

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39 Essex Chambers, 8th April 2020

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Councils face legal action over access to education during lockdown – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Good Law Project is to take legal action against councils over access to education by children from low income families during the lockdown.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th April 2020

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Coronavirus: How Will Exam Cancellations Affect Students? – Each Other

Posted April 14th, 2020 in coronavirus, education, examinations, news, school children by sally

‘With the cancellation of all GCSE and A level summer exams amid the coronavirus pandemic, the system for awarding student grades been transformed beyond recognition.’

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Each Other, 9th April 2020

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Court of Appeal rejects appeal over changes made by county council to SEN transport policy affecting 16-18 year olds – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal over a council’s decision to amend its Special Educational Needs Home to School/College Transport Policy for the 2019/20 academic year.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th April 2020

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UK councils face lawsuits over access to education in lockdown – The Guardian

‘The UK government must ensure pupils from poor backgrounds have computers and internet connections during the coronavirus lockdown or face legal action for depriving children of their education, according to a group of legal activists.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2020

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