Rights of excusal from relationships and sexuality education – Local Government Lawyer

‘Clíodhna Kelleher considers a recent High Court judgment that there was no parental right to withdraw children from relationships and sexuality education.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2023

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Afghan refugees made to move school take UK to court – BBC News

‘A group of Afghan families brought to London after the Taliban took power are taking the government to court because a subsequent move north meant their children had to leave a local school during their GCSE studies.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2023

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Scientology and exemption from rates: Church of Scientology v Ricketts (VO) – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 12th, 2023 in apportionment, charities, education, marriage, news, rates by sally

“In The Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc v Ricketts (VO) [2023] UKUT 1 (LC), the issue in the appeal was whether two buildings used by the Church of Scientology in London were exempt from non-domestic rating under the exemption covering places of public religious worship and related church premises. The key to the relevant exemption was that the hereditament concerned had to be, or include “a place of public religious worship”. The Upper Tribunal noted that in R (Hodkin) v Registrar General [2013] UKSC 77, the Supreme Court had ruled that the Scientologists’ London chapel was a place of meeting for religious worship within the meaning of section 2 of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 and should be registered for the solemnisation of marriages under the Marriage Act 1949.”

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Law & Religion UK, 10th January 2023

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Anti-strike law could be brought forward as government tries to end disputes – The Guardian

‘Anti-strike legislation is expected to be brought forward later this week, as Rishi Sunak’s government scrambles to get a grip of the ongoing industrial disputes.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2023

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Council told to pay over £7k after failing to provide alternative education for autistic boy – Local Government Lawyer

‘An investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found that Oxfordshire County Council failed to provide alternative education for a boy with autism for a year.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th December 2022

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Council told to pay £15k over failures in relation to provision of suitable alternative education – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2022 in children, compensation, education, health, local government, news, ombudsmen, school children by tracey

‘A child from West Sussex who was unable to attend school missed out on education after the council failed to provide a suitable alternative, an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th November 2022

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Sex education: Wales’ curriculum legal challenge launched – BBC News

‘Campaigners have taken the Welsh government to court over sex education lessons they claim give prominence to LGBTQ+ themes.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2022

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Safeguarding children with disabilities in residential settings – Family Law

‘A national review into safeguarding children with disabilities and complex health needs has revealed serious failures at residential special schools registered as children’s homes.’

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Family Law, 4th November 2022

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Covid: Uni students’ legal action over pandemic education – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in complaints, coronavirus, education, fees, news, universities by sally

‘Thousands of students are taking legal action against their universities over their education during the pandemic.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2022

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Discriminating against ethnic minority pupils’ hairstyles is now much harder – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2022 in education, equality, news, race discrimination, school children by sally

‘EHRC guidance is a watershed, but the problem of hair discrimination in workplaces and public spaces remains.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2022

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London school uses law change to replace striking staff with agency workers – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2022 in casual workers, education, industrial action, news by tracey

‘A primary school whose top management were paid £1.49m last year has become among the first to use strike-busting legislation allowing them to hire agency workers to replace striking staff.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2022

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Specificity in the context of “education otherwise than at school” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 30th, 2022 in appeals, children, disabled persons, education, local government, news, tribunals by michael

‘Holly Littlewood analyses a recent case concerning specificity in the context of “education otherwise than at school” (EOTAS), and an unlawful delegation of responsibility for determining special educational provision in an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th Septembr 2022

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The school fines lottery for parents with absent children – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2022 in children, education, fines, local government, news, school children by michael

‘Parents in England whose children miss school face harsher penalties depending on where they live, a BBC Panorama investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2022

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Parents’ legal bid to ban sex education in schools fails

Posted September 2nd, 2022 in children, education, injunctions, judicial review, news, school children, Wales by tracey

‘A last-minute legal bid to block the teaching of relationships and sexuality education (RSE) in schools has failed. Five parents wanted to withdraw their children from the mandatory lessons from the start of the new term or stop the rollout of RSE altogether in Wales. At the High Court, judge Mrs Justice Tipples said an injunction would cause “very substantial disruption” just days before the start of a new term. A judicial review already granted to the group is scheduled for November.’

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BBC New, 1st September 2022

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Right to free period products becomes law in Scotland – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2022 in education, health, local government, news, Scotland, women by sally

‘Scotland has made public health history by making it the law for public settings to provide period products.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2022

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Appealing review decisions of the SEN Tribunal for Wales – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Upper Tribunal has confirmed appeals can be brought against review decisions of the SEN Tribunal for Wales. Matthew Wyard analyses the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th August 2022

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Windsor and Maidenhead council caused mother ‘serious distress’ over education – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2022 in autism, compensation, education, local government, news, special educational needs by tracey

‘A council caused a mother “serious distress and anxiety” by failing to provide her daughter, who has special needs, with appropriate education for seven months. Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will pay the mother £5,250 in compensation for the failures.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2022

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West Sussex council ordered to pay £2,000 to mother of child with special needs – BBC News

‘A mother of a child with special needs has been paid £2,000 by a council for failures involving his education, health and care plan. The mother – known as Ms C – turned to the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman after making a complaint to West Sussex County Council. The ombudsman has upheld her complaint, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2022

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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