Teachers in England could face ban for failing to report evidence of sexual abuse of children – The Guardian

‘Teachers in England face being banned if they fail to report evidence of children being subjected to sexual abuse under plans for new legislation announced by the home secretary, James Cleverly.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2024

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Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal rejection of vicarious liability claim against school over abuse by work placement individual – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has refused a claimant permission to appeal over the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of her claim that a school was vicariously liable for sexual abuse by an individual who had undertaken a work experience placement.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th January 2024

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Top London school taken to high court over prayer ban – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2024 in equality, human rights, judicial review, news, school children, teachers by sally

‘One of England’s highest performing state schools, famed for its top results, strict discipline code and charismatic headteacher, has been challenged in the high court for its policy of banning prayer rituals on school premises.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2024

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Serial killer obsessed fake policeman who planned mass shooting jailed for life – The Independent

‘A Lidl worker who dressed as a fake policeman with a plan to attack police headquarters, who plotted to shoot former teachers and ex-schoolmates, has been jailed for life.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2024

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Ofsted school inspections halted after Ruth Perry suicide – The Independent

Posted January 2nd, 2024 in coroners, inquests, news, suicide, teachers by tracey

‘Ofsted will be halting school inspections indefinitely to protect the wellbeing of vulnerable staff subjected to examinations after a head teacher committed suicide, the new watch dog chief has announced.’

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The Independent, 2nd January 2024

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Teachers in England won’t have to inform parents if pupils ask about gender – The Independent

Posted December 19th, 2023 in equality, news, notification, school children, teachers, transgender persons by tracey

‘Teachers in England will not be made to inform parents if pupils come to them with questions about gender identity under new government guidance due to be published this week.’

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The Independent, 18th December 2023

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Ruth Perry: ‘Intimidating’ Ofsted inspection contributed to headteacher’s death, coroner concludes – The Independent

Posted December 7th, 2023 in inquests, news, suicide, teachers by michael

‘A coroner has concluded that a “rude and intimidating” Ofsted inspection contributed to the death headteacher of Ruth Perry.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2023

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Ministers ‘drop plans’ to ban pupils changing gender but teachers won’t have to use pupils’ preferred pronouns – The Independent

Posted November 28th, 2023 in names, news, school children, teachers, transgender persons by tracey

‘Ministers have dropped plans to ban pupils from changing their gender identity in schools after being warned it would be illegal, it has been revealed.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2023

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Family of headteacher Ruth Perry refused legal aid for inquest into her death – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2023 in bereavement, costs, families, inquests, legal aid, mental health, news, ombudsmen, suicide, teachers by tracey

‘The family of the headteacher Ruth Perry, whose death after a critical Ofsted inspection will be the subject of a high-profile inquest this week, have been refused legal aid to fund their representation just days before the hearing is due to start.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2023

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Inquiry says Ofsted viewed as ‘not fit for purpose’ – The Independent

Posted November 20th, 2023 in education, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, school children, teachers by tracey

‘Ofsted is in need of major reform and is seen as “not fit for purpose” according to an inquiry into the education inspectorate for England. The Beyond Ofsted inquiry called for “transformational change” and said it found Ofsted as “having a detrimental impact on schools which some perceive as toxic”.’

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The Independent, 20th November 2023

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How should schools and colleges investigate allegations of sexual assault against its staff? – Local Government Lawyer

‘Investigating allegations against staff is one of the most challenging issues for schools and colleges. Some lessons can be learned from a recent case, writes Joanne Moseley.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th November 2023

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Lancashire teacher wins £800k over cancer discrimination – BBC News

‘An early years specialist who was told to reapply for her job while being treated for cancer before being sacked has been awarded an £800,000 pay-out.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2023

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Ombudsman decision on overpayment – Pensions Barrister

Posted October 26th, 2023 in marriage, news, ombudsmen, pensions, teachers, widows by sally

‘In this casenote, Paul Newman KC considers the recent decision of the Deputy Pensions Ombudsman in the matter of Mrs S, whose widow’s pension in the Teacher’s Pension Scheme had terminated by reason of remarriage – unknown to the administrator.’

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Pensions Barrister, 26th October 2023

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Teen sentenced after stabbing Tewkesbury schoolteacher Published 15 hours ago – BBC News

‘A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to 14 months detention after stabbing a teacher in a school corridor.’

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BBC News, 28th September 2023

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East Dulwich: Primary school teacher jailed for child abuse – BBC News

‘A former deputy head teacher at a school Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended has been jailed for child sexual abuse offences.’

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BBC News, 9th August 2023

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Supporting pupils with ADHD in school – Local Government Lawyer

‘Laura Martin and Theresa Kerr provide a legal perspective on how pupils with ADHD can be supported in school.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th July 2023

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Inquest to examine Ofsted’s role in lead-up to death of headteacher Ruth Perry – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2023 in inquests, inquiries, news, suicide, teachers by sally

‘Ofsted’s role in the events leading up to the death of the Berkshire headteacher Ruth Perry will be examined during an inquest later this year, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2023

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Ofsted school inspections to change after Ruth Perry’s family campaign – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2023 in education, mental health, news, ombudsmen, teachers by tracey

‘School inspections in England are to change after the suicide of head teacher Ruth Perry led to calls for reform. Ofsted will revisit schools graded inadequate over child welfare within three months, and there will be an overhaul of its complaints system.’

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BBC News, 12th June 2023

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Work-related suicide probe call after death of head teacher Ruth Perry – BBC News

‘Every work-related suicide should be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive, experts have said, in the wake of the death of a head teacher following an Ofsted inspection.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2023

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‘The tragic cost of under-investment’: asbestos blamed for 150 deaths of school and hospital workers in England – The Guardian

‘Fresh concerns have been raised about the amount of asbestos remaining in dilapidated schools and hospitals, after new analysis found that almost 150 health and education workers were recorded as dying from cancer related to the material in recent years. According to official data, there have been 147 deaths among health and education workers since 2017. Experts believe the figure is likely to be a significant underestimate because of the way someone’s profession is recorded on death certificates.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2023

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