School Admissions in Leicester & Leicestershire

Do councils in Leicestershire have a legal obligation to ensure that each child attends a suitably local school? The Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils have a legal duty to...


Removing Sixth Form Students

St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, London has been at the centre of a row about removing sixth form students because of academic ability. The highly-selective grammar school set a...


School Exclusions – New Guidance

Since 1st September, all maintained schools and academies have to comply with revised statutory guidance on excluding children. The previous version had been in place since 2012, despite an abortive attempt...


Uniform & Gender

A number of recent news stories have highlighted the controversial topic of school uniform and gender. Recent Examples In one case, the Priory School in Lewes, Sussex hit the headlines...


School Admissions

It may seem an odd time to be thinking about school admissions. However, for parents and schools alike, the annual admissions cycle is now getting underway. Application Process The application deadline...


School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document (STPCD 2017)

The Department for Education has published the annual School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD 2017), with associated guidance. This sets out the statutory requirements for teachers’ pay and conditions...


School Admission Appeals

In March and April each year, parents across the country find out which new school their child will attend. In most cases, this will be your first choice school. But...


Dismissal of a School Employee

The recent case of Z v A Ukeat found that the dismissal of a school caretaker for unproven historical abuse allegations was unfair. According to the law, there are five...


SEN Code of Practice Update

The final draft SEN Code of Practice for the Children and Families Act has now been published, and whilst we wait for the final stamp of approval from the Department...


Examining the Examiners

Ofqual has published data showing that in 2013, 54,400 exam papers were re-marked for GCSE and A Level exams – nearly one fifth higher than the previous year. Criticism about...


Duty of Care – and Extension to Third Parties

The Supreme Court has extended the circumstances in which liability for injuries to children should be borne by local authorities or schools. This is an important judgement, as it relates...


Infant Class Sizes and Appeals

Since 2000, the Infant Class Size Regulations state that an infant class must not contain more than 30 pupils per qualified teacher, with some very limited exceptions. However for many...