Ombudsman criticises council after child left without suitable educational provision for 14 months – Local Government Lawyer

‘An investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has seen Southend-on-Sea City Council agree to pay £9,000 to the mother of a child who was left without suitable schooling for more than a year.’

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Local Government Lawyer, April 2022

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Claimants secure key High Court ruling on timeframe for reviewing Education, Health and Care plans – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 10th, 2022 in delay, local government, news, notification, special educational needs by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled in favour of three claimants in a dispute over whether there is a fixed timeframe in respect of steps in the amendment of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan where a local authority accepts amendment is necessary, during the compulsory statutory annual review.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2022

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Council agrees to pay £3,600+ over failure to secure significant part of SEN support for autistic boy – Local Government Lawyer

‘A county council has agreed to pay more than £3,600 following a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) investigation into how a teenager on the autism spectrum was left without a significant proportion of his agreed special educational needs (SEN) support for up to three years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2022

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Anger over referral of vulnerable boy, 11, to counter-radicalisation scheme – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2022 in children, complaints, news, police, special educational needs, terrorism by sally

‘An 11-year-old schoolboy who was struggling with his homework was referred to the Prevent counter-radicalisation programme after a fellow pupil reported him saying during a fire drill that he wished his school would burn down.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2022

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Ombudsman recommends county council pay nearly £7k after boy left without education for two years – Local Government Lawyer

‘A boy with special education needs who received “virtually no” education for two years should be given £6,900 in compensation by Suffolk County Council, an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has recommended.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th January 2022

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SEND Tribunal case law review – Local Government Lawyer

‘Jamie Jenkins looks at the lessons to be learned from the latest judgments from the SEND Tribunal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th November 2021

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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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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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First-Tier Tribunal SEN proceedings not unfair despite difficulties faced by hearing impaired mother, judge rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘A First-Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) case was not conducted unfairly despite an appellant and a witness having difficulty in hearing the online proceedings, the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber has decided.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd September 2021

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Stubton Hall School: Deputy head David Taylor jailed for rape – BBC News

Posted August 24th, 2021 in assault, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, special educational needs, teachers by sally

‘A deputy headmaster who raped and assaulted girls at a special needs school has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 23rd August 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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High Court judge criticises failure by council to deliver EHC plan – Local Government Lawyer

‘Nottinghamshire County Council failed to adequately deliver a disabled child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the High Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th May 2021

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Applications for review in Special Educational Needs Cases – Local Government Lawyer

‘What constitutes a change in “circumstances relevant to the decision”? Holly Littlewood considers the practical implications of a recent Upper Tribunal ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th May 2021

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A Local Authority v GP (Capacity – care, support and education) [2020] EWCOP 56 – 3PB

‘This was the first time that the Court of Protection had been asked to identify the relevant specific decisions that GP had to be able to make in relation to the aforementioned issues within the meaning of s3(1) and 15(1)(a) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”) and to consider what the relevant information in respect of each of those decisions was that GP must have been able to understand, retain, use or weigh in accordance with s3(1) of the 2005 Act.’

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3PB, November 2020

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The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018: An update – 3PB

Posted November 10th, 2020 in education, legislation, news, special educational needs, tribunals, Wales by sally

‘Two key events have taken place in the last week in relation to The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 (“the 2018 Act”): the publication of a commencement order and the publication of the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (Wales) Regulations. This article considers both documents, concluding that, based on the limited information available they do not help clarify the confusion amongst practitioners as to the details of the forthcoming special needs regime in Welsh schools.’

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3PB, 4th November 2020

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Sheffield City Council failed boy with special educational needs – BBC News

‘A council has been told to pay a boy with special educational needs £20,000 because it failed to provide a suitable alternative education for him.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2020

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Parents win fresh hearing in dispute over school named in EHC plan – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber has ordered that a reconstituted panel of the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) should hear a dispute between the London Borough of Croydon and the parents of Child G over which school he should attend.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th August 2020

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Claimants vow to appeal after High Court dismisses challenge over “downgrading” during pandemic of rights of children with SEN – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge to the Education Secretary’s decisions to reduce the obligations on local authorities to make statutory educational and health care provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in England during the pandemic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th August 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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Down’s Syndrome student wins compensation after school sent letter to parents detailing violent behaviour – Daily Telegraph

‘The family of a child with Down’s Syndrome has been awarded compensation after a primary school sent a letter to parents detailing her violent behaviour and disability.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th May 2020

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