Leading grammar school ‘unlawfully’ excludes pupils for failing to get top grades – Daily Telegraph

‘A group of sixth form pupils have hired lawyers to take on one of the country’s leading grammar schools for throwing them out when they failed to achieve top grades.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2017

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Court battle looms over priests’ right to pick pupils for Catholic schools – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in clergy, news, school admissions by sally

‘The Catholic church is taking the government’s schools admissions watchdog to the high court to protect the rights of priests to determine whether pupils are eligible for a place on the basis of their faith.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2016

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Theresa May to end ban on new grammar schools – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2016 in education, news, parliament, school admissions, school children by tracey

‘Theresa May will set aside decades of cross-party consensus in education policy by ending the ban on the creation of new grammar schools and attempt to head off critics by proposing measures intended to prevent poorer children losing out.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th September 2016

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Educational Excellence Everywhere? – Education Law Blog

‘The dust has started to settle on the Government’s education white paper: educational excellence everywhere. After a relatively slow start, the number of newspaper articles and interest on social media has picked up.’

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Education Law Blog, 26th March 2016

Source: www.education11kbw.com

Faith school wins judicial review over adjudicator findings on admissions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 6th, 2015 in costs, education, judicial review, news, school admissions by sally

‘A high-profile faith school won a High Court judicial review last month over the Schools Adjudicator’s finding that its admission arrangements for 2014 and 2015 were unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th May 2015

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London Oratory school wins partial victory in admissions ruling – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2015 in Christianity, education, news, school admissions by sally

‘The London Oratory school, which educated the sons of former prime minister Tony Blair and current deputy PM Nick Clegg, has won a partial victory in a long-running legal battle over its admissions procedures.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2015

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Top Catholic school takes fight for admissions policy to court – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2015 in Christianity, education, judicial review, news, school admissions by sally

‘The religious ethos of one of England’s oldest state-funded Catholic boys’ schools is at risk after an education watchdog attacked its admissions code, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2015

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Innes v Information Commissioner and another – WLR Daily

Innes v Information Commissioner and another [2014] EWCA 1086; [2014] WLR (D) 358

‘Under section 11(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 a claimant requesting information under section 1(1) of the 2000 Act was entitled to stipulate what software format should be used when the information sought was provided to him.’

WLR Daily, 31st July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Section 11 FOIA and the Form of a Request – Panopticon

Posted August 1st, 2014 in electronic mail, freedom of information, news, school admissions by sally

‘In the usual end of term rush, the Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Innes v Information Commissioner [2014] EWCA Civ 1086 on the provision in section 11 FOIA which allows a requestor to express a preference for communication by a particular means, so long as it is reasonably practicable to give effect to the preference. The issue in Innes was that Mr Innes had requested certain school admissions information and had sent a further email shortly afterwards asking for that information to be supplied to him in Excel format. The ICO, the FTT and the Upper Tribunal had all ruled against Mr Innes, in part relying on the Scottish decision of Glasgow City Council v Scottish Information Commissioner [2009] CSIH 73; [2010] SC 125.’

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Panopticon, 1st August 2014

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The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 – 11 KBW

Posted April 8th, 2013 in education, local government, news, school admissions, Wales by sally

“The Schools Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act (“the Act”) was passed by the Assembly on 15 January 2013 and received its Royal Assent on 4 March 2013. The proposal to legislate was announced by the First Minister on 12 July 2011, when the legislative programme for the Welsh Government was set out, and a White Paper followed in October 2011. The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Bill was published in April 2012, along with an Explanatory Memorandum.”

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11 KBW, 3rd April 2013

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British Humanist Association and another v Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council (Secretary of State for Education intervening) – WLR Daily

British Humanist Association and another v Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council (Secretary of State for Education intervening) : [2012] EWHC 3622 (Admin);   [2012] WLR (D)  386

“The obligation on a local authority to invite proposals to establish academies under section 6A of the Education Act 2006, as amended, was triggered if a local authority thought there was a need to establish a new school in their area. It was implicit in the scheme of Part 2 of the 2006 Act that there was a distinction between the concept of a “need”, which imported a sense of compelling requirement to establish a new school under section 6A, and a more general assessment by a local authority whether it might be beneficial for a new school to be established.”

WLR Daily, 14th December 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Academies in court: recent case law – 11 KBW

“This paper concentrates on three recent cases concerning different aspects of the emerging law on Academies:
(1) Consultation on Academy conversions under s.5 Academies Act 2010 (‘the 2010
(2) The extent of the obligation on Academies (both pre and post 2010 Act) to admit
children with a statement of Special Educational Needs (‘SSEN’); and
(3) The new Academy ‘presumption’ in s.6A of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.”

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11 KBW, 4th December 2012

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British Humanist Association v LB Richmond and ors [2012] EWHC 3622 (Admin) – Education Law Blog

Posted December 17th, 2012 in Christianity, education, judicial review, local government, news, school admissions by sally

“In this judgment (handed down on 14 December 2012), Sales J has rejected a challenge to the decision of the London Borough of Richmond accepting proposals from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster for the establishment of two voluntary-aided Roman Catholic schools (1 primary, 1 secondary) in Twickenham.”

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Education Law Blog, 17th December 2012

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High Court rejects Humanist Association’s challenge to faith school proposals in Richmond – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 17th, 2012 in Christianity, education, judicial review, local government, news, school admissions by sally

“This was an application for judicial review of decisions of the defendant Council to approve proposals put forward by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster to establish a voluntary aided secondary school designated by the Secretary of State as a school having a religious character as a school for Roman Catholics and a similarly designated primary school.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th December 2012

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Test case could dictate admissions policy in faith schools – Daily Telegraph

“New faith schools could be forced to admit pupils from non-religious backgrounds if a judicial review currently being heard in the High Court is successful.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th November 2012

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Academies’ refusal to admit pupils with special needs prompts legal battles – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2012 in news, school admissions, special educational needs by tracey

“Two of the government’s flagship academy schools are facing legal challenges for refusing to admit children with statements of special needs.”

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The Guardian, 24th May 2012

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When is a New School not a New School? Has the new School Admissions Code opened a Pandora’s Box? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted May 1st, 2012 in education, news, school admissions by sally

“A number of local authorities are planning to take advantage of new government powers to increase pupil numbers in good schools in order to expand the number of academically selective places in grammar schools, it was revealed in the Daily Telegraph online this month.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 24th April 2012

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

The Changing Face of School Admissions – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 16th, 2012 in news, school admissions by sally

“‘You shouldn’t have to hire a lawyer to navigate the school system.’

With those words in May last year the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, launched a consultation on a draft new School Admissions Code and a new School Admissions Appeal Code.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th February 2012

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

School braids ban ‘not justified’ – The Independent

Posted June 17th, 2011 in news, race discrimination, school admissions, sex discrimination by sally

“A highly successful school’s anti-gang ban on unconventional hairstyles, including cornrows, has resulted in ‘unlawful, indirect racial discrimination which is not justified’, the High Court ruled today.”

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The Independent, 17th June 2011

Source: www.indepedent.co.uk

Ruling due on Harrow school’s cornrows haircut ban – BBC News

Posted June 17th, 2011 in news, race discrimination, school admissions by sally

“The High Court is due to make a ruling later on the legality of a school’s ban of the cornrows hairstyle.”

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BBC News, 17th June 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk