Liability of schools for abuse by work experience student – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Donnelly and Samuel Dawber discuss the implications of a recent High Court case where it was found that a relationship between a school and a work experience student was insufficient to give rise to vicarious liability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th 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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Homelessness – suitability and distance to school – Nearly Legal

Posted August 22nd, 2022 in children, families, homelessness, housing, local government, news, school children by tracey

‘The Queen on the Application of Fokou v London Borough of Southwark (2022) EWHC 1452 (Admin) (not on Bailii, judgment on Westlaw). This was an application for interim relief in judicial review proceedings regarding suitability of accommodation and alleging breach of the Children Act 2004 s.11(2) duty to discharge the Council’s functions in such a way as to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st August 2022

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Permanent exclusion decisions and disability discrimination claims – Local Government Lawyer

‘The First-tier Tribunal (SEND) has no power to stay a permanent exclusion decision pending the final hearing of a disability discrimination claim, the Upper Tribunal confirmed. Katherine Anderson analyses the judgment.’

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Local Government Lawyer. 19th August 2022

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Child Q: Schoolgirl strip-search not isolated issue, police data suggests – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2022 in children, news, police, race discrimination, school children, statistics by tracey

‘The strip-search of a black girl by police at school in east London was not an isolated case, England’s children’s commissioner has said.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2022

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Parents seek legal action over school joining academy chain – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2022 in families, injunctions, judicial review, news, school children, teachers by tracey

‘Parents at an academy school which has hit the headlines over its culture of “fear and favouritism” are seeking legal action over plans for it to join a multi-academy trust.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2022

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Schools in England advised to assess risk of strip-search before calling police – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2022 in London, news, school children, stop and search by tracey

‘Schools should “assess and balance” the risk of a potential strip-search to a pupil’s mental and physical wellbeing before calling the police, according to new government guidance.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2022

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Defending legal challenges to school exclusions – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court recently dismissed a judicial review challenge to a school exclusion decision. Alex Line looks at the lessons to be learned from the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2022

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Attorney general says schools do not have to accommodate children’s gender wishes – The Guardian

‘The attorney general, Suella Braverman, has said schools do not have to accommodate children who want to change gender under current legislation.’

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The Guardian, 27th May 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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Report calls for primary school exclusions to be banned by 2026 – The Independent

‘Exclusions from primary school should be banned by 2026, a new report has said.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2022

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Teacher wins £850k settlement following classroom assault – Local Government Lawyer

‘A teacher who was assaulted by a student has been awarded £850,000 in compensation following a personal injury claim, his union has reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th April 2022

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London teacher awarded £850,000 after pupil’s attack – The Guardian

‘A London teacher has been awarded £850,000 in compensation after being punched in the face and kicked during a science lesson by a pupil with a history of violence towards other children and teachers.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2022

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Child Q: Met Police changes strip-search policy in two London boroughs – BBC News

‘A strip-search of any child in two London boroughs will need approval from an inspector in the wake of the Child Q controversy, the Met Police says.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2022

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Twins forced into mechanical restraint chairs at school awarded £80k compensation by council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 31st, 2022 in compensation, local government, news, restraint, school children by sally

‘Kent County Council has agreed to pay £80,000 in compensation after it admitted a school it ran breached its policy and the Department for Education’s guidance by using mechanical restraint chairs against two boys when they were aged between five and eight years old.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th March 2022

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Child Q: Black professionals urge education secretary to take action following strip-search – The Independent

‘The education secretary must take immediate action to tackle institutional racism within the education sector following the “dehumanising” strip-search of a black child in London, a collective of black professionals has demanded.’

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The Independent, 26th March 2022

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Teaching assistant attacked by five-year-old who was ‘big for his age’ wins six-figure payout – Daily Telegraph

‘A former teaching assistant has been awarded a six-figure payout after suing her bosses over an attack by a five-year-old who was “big for his age”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2022

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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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Met Police apologises for strip-search of Hackney schoolgirl – BBC News

‘A black schoolgirl was strip-searched by police after being wrongly suspected of carrying cannabis.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2022

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Teaching assistant who had sex with 14-year-old pupil in supermarket car park is jailed – The Independent

‘A teaching assistant who had sex with a 14-year-old pupil in a supermarket car park has been jailed for six years.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2022

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