Ofsted to get new powers to tackle illegal unregistered schools in England – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2022 in bills, education, government departments, news, ombudsmen, school children by tracey

‘New legislation would give the schools regulator powers to crack down on unregistered schools operating illegally in England, ministers say.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2022

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted May 6th, 2022 in animals, disabled persons, education, insurance, legislation by tracey

2022 c. 25 – Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Act 2022

2022 c. 23 – Subsidy Control Act 2022

2022 c. 21 – Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022

2022 c. 19 – Animals (Penalty Notices) Act 2022

2022 c. 18 – Down Syndrome Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 7th, 2022 in education, employment, energy, legislation, nuclear power by tracey

2022 c. 15 – Nuclear Energy (Financing) Act 2022

2022 c. 13 – Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Wales introduces ban on smacking and slapping children – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2022 in corporal punishment, education, news, school children, Wales by tracey

‘Smacking and slapping children has been outlawed in Wales, with people told to contact social services or police if they see a parent or carer meting out physical punishment.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2022

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Largest further education provider in London to appoint law firm to £1m contract – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 21st, 2022 in education, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘The largest further education provider in London, Capital City College Group (CCCG), is to appoint a legal services provider to a £1m, four-year contract.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st March 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Catholic boarding school has ‘serious failings’ over safeguarding – The Independent

Posted March 17th, 2022 in alcohol abuse, clergy, drug abuse, education, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘An Ofsted report into a leading Catholic boarding school has found its safeguarding of pupils was “inadequate”.’

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The Independent, 16th March 2022

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UK government to scrap ‘BAME’ in response to race inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2022 in education, equality, government departments, minorities, news, racism, reports by tracey

‘Response to Sewell inquiry also lays out plans for greater police scrutiny and a “model history curriculum.” ‘

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The Guardian, 16th March 2022

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Catholic church bans visit by gay author to London school – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2022 in Christianity, education, equality, homosexuality, news by tracey

‘The Catholic church has banned a visit to a London school by a gay author and removed a number of governors who supported the event, in a move that has drawn comparisons to the notorious 1980s section 28 ban on “promoting homosexuality”.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2022

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Private school downgraded by Ofsted for its approach to social justice issues – The Independent

Posted March 8th, 2022 in education, news, reports, standards by tracey

‘A leading London private school has been downgraded by Ofsted for placing more weight on teaching “social justice” than on learning “subject-specific knowledge and skills” while some pupils felt their views were “suppressed” in lessons.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2022

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Research Briefing: Special Educational Needs: support in England – House of Commons Library

‘This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN).’

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House of Commons Library , 1st March 2022

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Council agrees to pay £3,600+ over failure to secure significant part of SEN support for autistic boy – Local Government Lawyer

‘A county council has agreed to pay more than £3,600 following a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) investigation into how a teenager on the autism spectrum was left without a significant proportion of his agreed special educational needs (SEN) support for up to three years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Parents in England who fail to register home schooling could face sanctions – The Guardian

‘Parents who choose to home educate but fail to register their child with the local authority in England are likely to face sanctions, under government plans for a compulsory national register of children who are not in school.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2022

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Ombudsman recommends county council pay nearly £7k after boy left without education for two years – Local Government Lawyer

‘A boy with special education needs who received “virtually no” education for two years should be given £6,900 in compensation by Suffolk County Council, an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has recommended.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th January 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Deepcut deaths: army ‘treating victims’ families with contempt’ – The Guardian

‘The sister of Pte Sean Benton, who committed suicide at Deepcut barracks, has accused the British army of treating victims’ families with contempt after it emerged that the military had failed to honour a pledge made at his inquest in 2018.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2021

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English universities risk breaking law over offer withdrawals, say ministers – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2021 in competition, education, news, school children, universities by tracey

‘Universities in England risk breaking competition laws if they add loopholes letting them withdraw offers from students at the last minute if courses are oversubscribed, ministers and regulators have told vice-chancellors.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2021

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High Court dismisses judicial review over approach by council to deciding if suitable home education is taking place – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge to the way in which Portsmouth City Council discharges its duties under the Education Act 1996 in respect of home-educated children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th November 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

SEND Tribunal case law review – Local Government Lawyer

‘Jamie Jenkins looks at the lessons to be learned from the latest judgments from the SEND Tribunal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th November 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Data protection for schools and higher education institutions – 3PB

Posted November 4th, 2021 in codes of practice, data protection, education, news, universities by sally

‘Slightly different from the topic envisaged at the end of part 2 of the cyber series, this article deals with two circumstances. Firstly, the right to access educational data via a subject access request (prompted by a recent issue in my caseload) and, secondly, the data protection obligations owed by further and higher education institutions (“HEIs”) in situations of crisis on campus.’

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3PB, 26th October 2021

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Do Employers Discriminate Against People Without Degrees? – Each Other

Posted October 25th, 2021 in education, employment, equality, human rights, news, statistics, universities by tracey

‘In 1999, then Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged that by 2010 half of all under-30s should go on to university, with the aim, in part, of bettering their chances of securing rewarding and well-paid jobs. The target was first met in 2017/2018 and now nearly 60% of sixth form leavers progress on to a degree course. However, in the age of the pandemic, is university really the best route into employment from both a practical and human rights perspective?’

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Each Other, 22nd October 2021

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Black hair discrimination must be banned, equalities watchdog told – The Independent

Posted October 21st, 2021 in education, equality, news, race discrimination, sport by sally

‘A group of parliamentarians, organisations and writers have urged the Equality and Human Rights Commission to ban hair discrimination in schools, places of work and wider society across the UK.’

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The Independent, 20th October 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk