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Teachers : (Professional Misconduct) Appeals against findings of fact

Teachers : (Professional Misconduct) Appeals against findings of fact

Cases of serious teacher misconduct are dealt with by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). This is when a teacher’s behaviour is considered to be fundamentally incompatible with being a teacher ( as a result of being guilty of unacceptable professional conduct, conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute, or certain types of criminal conviction.), and could lead to them being prohibited from teaching. If a case is investigated by the NCTL and is referred to a Professional Conduct...

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Special Educational Needs –EHC Plans and Personal Budgets

Special Educational Needs –EHC Plans and Personal Budgets

The new regime for special educational needs from 1 September 2014 has introduced personal budgets in the wake of relatively successful pilot schemes run by several local authorities. The statutory framework of how these personal budgets will work is set out in The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014. Basically the local authority has the power to make direct payments to parents or a young person to enable them to pay for specific provision or services in the Education Health and Care...

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Special Educational Needs – the new regime

Special Educational Needs – the new regime

There are many children and young people in the education system who have special educational needs. Obtaining funding or an assessment can at times feel like a tug-o-war struggle. We describe the new special educational needs regime in this article. In the period since March 2011 the system for dealing with special educational needs (SEN) has been subject to scrutiny, consultation and reform. This has culminated in Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (the 2014 Act). Part 3 of the new Act is due to come...

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Bullying in Schools

Bullying in Schools

 Combatting Bullying in Schools Bullying in schools is not a new issue and continues to be a problem for many pupils each year. The advent of electronic communication, mobile telephones and social media has brought an added dimension in the form cyberbullying. It is growing very fast. In many cases this takes bullying away from the school premises or school bus but intrudes into the pupil’s home and social environment. Whilst there is a legal framework in England and Wales to try and prevent it, when it bullying...

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Admissions Appeals Guidance 2015

Admissions Appeals Guidance 2015

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS APPEALS – some legal pointers for parents On 2 March 2015 all parents who have applied for a secondary school place for their child will receive notification of what school place they have been allocated. (For primary and junior school places the offer date will have been fixed by the local education authority.) Many parents will find they have failed to secure a place at any of their nominated schools and will want to consider whether they can try to challenge this. The school admissions...

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