Parental responsibility: a short guide for local authority SEND teams – Local Government Lawyer

‘Grace-Mary Sweeney of LASEN explores the concept of parental responsibility, how it interacts with education law, and some practical implications for Local Authority SEND Teams.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th October 2021

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Faith schools and safeguarding: R (Khalsa Academies Trust Ltd) – Law & Religion UK

‘The Khalsa Academies Trust Ltd is a multi-academy trust responsible for operating three academies, one of which is Khalsa Secondary Academy in Stoke Poges. Ofsted had concluded in January 2020 that the Academy was “Inadequate” and “requiring special measures”: in particular, that the arrangements for safeguarding were “not effective” and that “Leaders, including those at trust and governance level, have not learned from serious safeguarding failures. They have not acted with the urgency required.” The Secretary of State then decided that the Academy should be transferred, or “re-brokered”, to the Sikh Academy Trust. In R (Khalsa Academies Trust Ltd) v Secretary of State for Education [2021] EWHC 2660 (Admin), the Trust sought judicial review of that decision.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th October 2021

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School’s failure to monitor internet use contributed to teenage girl’s suicide, coroner rules – The Independent

‘A school’s failure to sufficiently monitor the internet activity of an autistic teenage girl “contributed” to her suicide, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Independent, 7th October 2021

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Government faces legal challenge from pupil with SEN over “unfair” use of PCR testing in schools – Local Government Lawyer

‘The parents of a 15-year-old pupil with special educational needs and disabilities have instructed lawyers to challenge the lawfulness of government guidance to schools on Covid-19 testing, arguing that it should be urgently revised to enable pupils with disabilities to take less intrusive saliva tests.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th September 2021

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Covid teams can vaccinate pupils against parents’ wishes, schools told – The Guardian

Posted September 16th, 2021 in children, consent, coronavirus, news, school children, vaccination by tracey

‘Healthcare staff can decide whether children get a Covid vaccine against the wishes of their parents, according to government guidelines published on Wednesday that left some headteachers fearing protests at the school gates.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2021

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Local authority ordered to pay mother fleeing ex-partner £10k in compensation following data breach – Local Government Lawyer

‘Hampshire County Council should pay £10,000 in compensation after a mother who was fleeing her ex-partner had her address exposed in a data breach, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th September 2021

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Sexual abuse in School – Adopting a zero-tolerance approach – 3 Hare Court

‘In April this year, thousands of anonymous reports were shared by students on Everyone’s Invited, a website which encourages young survivors of sexual abuse to share their stories. After these reports were received, Everyone’s Invited decided to name the schools implicated in these accounts. Of the 2,962 schools identified, 2,556 are secondary schools and 406 primary schools and 119 universities. To date, in excess of 51,000 testimonies have been shared on the site.’

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3 Hare Court, 1st September 2021

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Education Secretary and local authorities threatened with legal challenge over approach to vulnerable children and school attendance – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Good Law Project (GLP) has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, threatening legal action if he fails to issue guidance that protects vulnerable children and families as schools reopen.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th September 2021

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Affordable uniforms law will miss new school year – BBC News

Posted August 31st, 2021 in consumer protection, education, news, school children by sally

‘A new law aimed at making school uniforms cheaper in England and Wales will not be in place in time for the start of this school year.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2021

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Ben Breakwell: Music teacher convicted over sex with teenage students – BBC News

‘A music teacher who had sex with two girls aged 13 and 14 has been convicted of 32 sexual offences.’

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BBC News, 3rd August 2021

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Whose Job Is It To Fix The Normalisation Of Sexual Abuse In Schools? – Each Other

Posted August 3rd, 2021 in duty of care, education, human rights, news, school children, sexual offences by sally

‘The government released a report in June that revealed rampant sexual abuse in schools all over the country. Nine in ten girls surveyed said that sexist name-calling and being sent unwanted explicit imagery happened “a lot”, but whose responsibility is it to fix it?’

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Each Other, 2nd August 2021

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Maintained school wins High Court challenge over refusal by Education Secretary to revoke academy order – Local Government Lawyer

‘The governing body of a primary school in Walsall has won a High Court challenge over the Secretary of State for Education’s refusal to revoke an academy order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th July 2021

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Parent succeeds on all six grounds in judicial review challenge over grant of planning permission for site next to school for special educational needs – Local Government Lawyer

‘The parent of a child who attends a Special Educational Needs school has won a judicial review challenge over Thanet Council’s grant of planning permission for an adjacent site.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th July 2021

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Boy, 11, referred to Prevent for wanting to give ‘alms to the oppressed’ – The Guardian

‘An 11-year-old primary school pupil was referred to the government’s controversial counter-radicalisation Prevent programme after a teacher mistook the word “alms” for “arms” during a classroom discussion.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2021

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Concerns over impartiality of school abuse review – BBC News

‘Concerns have been raised about the impartiality of an Ofsted review into claims of sex abuse in schools.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2021

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Face masks in schools: Schoolgirl loses court fight – BBC News

‘A girl has lost a High Court battle to prevent her school from “requiring or encouraging” pupils to wear a face mask.’

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BBC News, 5th May 2021

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Deprivation of liberty and writs of habeas corpus – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Protection has found that if a local authority does not apply for an order under the inherent jurisdiction, a parent can challenge the deprivation of liberty of their child in a specialist school by bringing a writ of habeas corpus. Joshua Swirsky analyses the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st April 2021

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Everyone’s Invited: Schools abuse helpline and review launched – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2021 in child abuse, harassment, news, school children, sexual offences, universities by tracey

‘A helpline and immediate review into sexual abuse in schools have been set up by the government in response to thousands of allegations from students.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2021

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School abuse claims could be the ‘next national scandal’ – BBC News

‘Sexual harassment and assault claims made by school pupils on a website may be the “next child abuse scandal that engulfs the nation”, police have said.’

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BBC News, 29th March 2021

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Prophet Muhammad cartoon sparks Batley Grammar School protest – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2021 in complaints, demonstrations, Islam, news, school children, teachers by tracey

‘A teacher who showed pupils an “inappropriate” cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad – sparking protests outside a school – has been suspended.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2021

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