Teaching assistant found guilty of sending topless pictures to 15-year-old pupil – Daily Telegraph

‘A jury at Aylesbury Crown Court found her guilty of two sex offence charges relating to the topless pictures and a video, but they have not yet reached verdicts on three more serious charges of causing or inciting a child aged under 16 to engage in a sexual act.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2020

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Grammar school discriminated against visually impaired child, tribunal finds – The Guardian

‘Grammar schools in England will have to ensure their 11-plus entrance exams are accessible to disabled pupils, after a legal ruling found a visually impaired child suffered discrimination when he was refused the opportunity to take the exam.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2020

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GCSE results: Key Q&As for Students and Schools – 3PB

Posted August 28th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, education, examinations, news, school children by sally

‘This year is a year like no other. Students have found out how they performed in exams they did not even sit. The Department for Education (“DfE”) changed its approach in a major U-turn five days after the A Level results were released.’

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3PB, 20th August 2020

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A-level student launches legal bid against Ofqual – The Guardian

‘An A-level student has launched a legal bid against the exams regulator Ofqual to “force them to come up with a fairer system”.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2020

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A-level results: ‘Huge mess’ as exams appeal guidance withdrawn – BBC News

‘The exams regulator is reviewing its guidance on how to appeal against A-level and GCSE grades using mock exam results – hours after publishing it.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2020

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A-level Students Consider Legal Action Over Downgrade ‘Discrimination’ – Each Other

‘The government could face legal action over the mass downgrading of A-level results in England, with affected students saying they feel discriminated against over their school’s track-record.’

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Each Other, 13th August 2020

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Pontypridd: £37m school shake-up scrapped by judicial review – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2020 in education, judicial review, news, school children, Wales by sally

‘A £37m schools reorganisation in the south Wales valleys has been quashed after a judicial review.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2020

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Upper Tribunal rejects appeal by county council over naming of school for child with special educational needs – Local Government Lawyer

‘Worcestershire County Council has lost an Upper Tribunal case over which school a child with special educational needs should attend.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th July 2020

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Council to review decision-making process and reimburse mother after boy left without suitable education for second time – Local Government Lawyer

‘Norfolk County Council has agreed to review its decision-making process and internal communications in relation to its special educational needs services, and provide its People and Communities select committee with regular updates on its performance, following a critical report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2020

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Fines for school non-attendance in England to resume from autumn – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, fines, news, parental responsibility, school children, truancy by sally

‘Parents in England who fail to send their children back to school in September will face fines unless they have a good reason for them not attending, the education secretary has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2020

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‘Against natural justice’: father to sue exams regulator over A-level grades system – The Guardian

‘Fears Ofqual’s Covid-19 method of adjusting marks in line with a school’s prior performance will penalise bright pupils.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2020

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Ellie Mitten and Sophie Phillips discuss whether schools and universities are offering ‘reasonable’ alternatives and the meaning of the recent guidance. – Park Square Barristers

‘As the lockdown has progressed, it has become evident that the remote learning services being offered are of differing standards between institutions, with some offering services which are far superior to others. This is particularly so in the case of independent schools. Some independent schools are effectively offering pupils a full timetable, with plenty of contact time with teachers and opportunities to review work and consolidate learning. In contrast, other schools are offering little to no contact time with teachers – disseminating worksheets or PowerPoint presentations, but expecting parents to supervise and effectively teach topics, or for the child to be able to learn independently.’

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Park Square Barristers, 4th June 2020

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Coronavirus: Court action threatened over school meal vouchers – BBC News

‘Campaigners have threatened to bring legal action against the government for not providing free school meal vouchers during the summer.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2020

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Parents fight in court over whether children should return to school in England – The Guardian

‘Separating parents are fighting each other through the courts over whether their children should return to school as lockdown is eased, a leading family lawyer has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2020

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School fees in times of Covid: Tips for schools and parents – Monckton Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in contracts, coronavirus, education, fees, news, school children by sally

‘The lockdown has posed inordinate challenges for education – with schools and universities adjusting to remote learning on extremely short notice. For private schools and universities, there have been tough choices between furloughing staff, deciding which lessons and courses to continue and justifying the level of fees, when many parents are in financial difficulty themselves. Boarding schools and universities have additional problems as they have a high level of sunk costs in infrastructure for overseas students that, at present, are not allowed to travel.’

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Monckton Chambers, 19th May 2020

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Gassa & Anor, R (on the application of) v Richmond Independent Appeals Service & Anor [2020] EWHC 957 (Admin) (22 April 2020) – 3PB

‘This case concerned an application for judicial review of a decision by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (“the Council”) not to treat the Claimants’ rented address in East Sheen as their permanent home for the purposes of a school admissions application for their son. This was because the Claimants also owned a property in Barnes.’

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3PB, 6th May 2020

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School breached data protection and human rights, unlawfully misused personal information of Down’s Syndrome pupil and mother: High Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 21st, 2020 in data protection, disabled persons, human rights, news, school children by sally

‘A primary school breached the Data Protection Act 1988 and Human Rights Act 1998 and unlawfully misused the personal information of a child with Down’s Syndrome and her mother, the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th May 2020

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Up to 1,500 English primary schools to defy 1 June reopening plan – The Guardian

‘Up to 1,500 primary schools in England are expected to remain closed on 1 June after a rebellion by at least 18 councils forced the government to say it had no plans to sanction them.’

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The Guardian, 19th May 2020

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A2P1 and Access to Education during Covid-19 – Monckton Chambers

‘As the home-time bell rang on 20 March 2020, schools and other educational providers across the country closed their doors in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The only pupils currently permitted to attend school are vulnerable children and the children of key workers. All children, however, continue to enjoy the right to education under Article 2 of the First Protocol (A2P1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).’

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Monckton Chambers, 18th May 2020

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Changes to the EHCP regime during Covid-19: a quick guide for parents and representatives – Monckton Chambers

‘On 1 May 2020, the entitlements of children with SEND (and their parents) in relation to the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan process changed. The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the “New Regulations”) came into force. They will expire on 25 September 2020 unless extended. The New Regulations amend four existing sets of Regulations including the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 (the “SEND Regulations”).’

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Monckton Chambers, 12th May 2020

Source: www.monckton.com