Families threaten county with legal action over cuts to services for disabled children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 10th, 2018 in budgets, children, disabled persons, education, local government, news by sally

‘Lawyers acting for families with disabled children have threatened Somerset County Council with a legal challenge over proposed cuts to services that would save £2m over the next two years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

A tendency to physical abuse: Upper Tribunal clarifies scope of Equality Act in education context — Katie Ayres – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Upper Tribunal decision in of C&C v Governing Body [2018] UKUT 269 (AAC) has provided important clarification to the scope of the Equality Act 2010 in an education context.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2018

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Budget 2018: Here’s What It Means For Our Human Rights – Rights Info

Posted October 30th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, education, health, housing, human rights, mental health, news, roads, statistics by sally

‘In his final budget before Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond has declared that austerity is coming to an end and reiterated Theresa May’s £8.4 billion spending pledge to the NHS.’

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Rights Info, 29th October 2018

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School which taught that only Muslims were saved on Noah’s Ark is first to be fined for opening illegally – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 25th, 2018 in education, fines, Islam, news, school children by tracey

‘An Islamic school which taught that only Muslims and animals were saved on Noah’s ark has become the first to be successfully prosecuted for operating illegally.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2018

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Universities: Is free speech under threat? – BBC News

‘A Parliamentary inquiry has reported, regulator the Office for Students has threatened to fine universities that fail to uphold free speech and the Equality and Human Rights Commission is drawing up guidelines for universities.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2018

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Speech by Lord Justice Gross: How can judges strengthen the rule of law? – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 15th, 2018 in education, human rights, judges, judiciary, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Gross: How can judges strengthen the rule of law?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 15th October 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Parents head to High Court over special needs cuts – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in education, learning difficulties, news, special educational needs by sally

‘Sarah Jones is one of four mothers from Surrey taking a case to the High Court to challenge cuts to services for their five children with disabilities.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Funding Freshers – who pays for an older child’s university tuition fees on divorce? – Family Law

‘This month thousands of people up and down the country found out whether they had done enough to get into their university of choice. After a long, hard slog involving many sacrificed weekends and evenings, Freshers’ Week will no doubt provide some much needed light relief before it’s time to do it all over again over the next three to four years.’

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Family Law, 28th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Upper Tribunal finds Equality Act exclusion discriminates against autistic children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 16th, 2018 in autism, children, disability discrimination, education, equality, news, tribunals by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal has held that regulations under the Equality Act 2010 excluding children who have a ‘tendency to physical abuse’ from its protection give rise to unlawful discrimination under Article 14 ECHR.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th August 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Exam boards launch legal challenge over government’s flagship T-level qualifications – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2018 in education, examinations, news by tracey

‘Legal action has been launched against the Department for Education over the introduction of the government’s flagship technical qualification, by the body which represents exam boards.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2018

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Back to school for UK judges in bid to raise courts awareness – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2018 in education, judiciary, news, school children by sally

‘Traditionally, judges issue summons to court but the lord chief justice of England and Wales has decided to allow judges to be summoned to the classroom.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2018

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Some drunk offenders to be spared court and criminal record – BBC News

‘Offenders who commit minor crimes after drinking will be given the chance to attend a course rather than face court.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2018

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Council “did not have vires to lease part of common to pre-school nursery” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 24th, 2018 in commons, education, leases, local government, news, ultra vires by tracey

‘The London Borough of Wandsworth did not have the vires to lease premises situated on a common to a private pre-school operator, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd May 2018

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‘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

Source: www.lag.org.uk

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

‘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

Source: www.theguardian.com