Strike Action In Schools

There have been a few news items recently in relation to possible strike action, which could affect a large number of staff, students, governing bodies and school leaders in schools...


Can I Take My Child On Holiday?

As the school holidays approach many separated couples ask themselves if they are able to take their child or children on holiday without the consent of the other parent. Can...


Disciplinary And Grievance Procedures In Schools – Is It Time For A Review?

With only weeks to go until the summer break, HR professionals and those that are responsible for staffing issues in schools may be considering which policies to review and update...


Education Providers: Deadline To Publish Facilities Time Information

On 1 April 2017, regulations came into force which require many education providers to publish information about facilities time before 31 July 2018. However, with the already increased pressures on...


Headteacher Dismissed For Failure To Disclose Friendship With A Convicted Sex Offender

A recent Supreme Court judgment has confirmed that a school’s governing body acted fairly in dismissing a Headteacher (a Ms Reilly) following her failure to disclose an association with a...


Is Your School GDPR Ready?

From 25 May 2018, there will be a change to the law on data protection as the Data Protection Act 1998 is replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)....


School Admission Appeals

What should I do if I’m not happy with my allocated school? In March and April each year, parents across the country find out which new school their child will attend. In most...


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...