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EHCPs on the rise

Natalie Tolley
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According to recent figures published by the Department for Education , and reported in The Times educational supplement; the number of pupils with special educational needs who have education, health and care plans (EHCPs) has increased by 10...

Local authorities face shortfall of more than half a billion pounds for educating children with special needs

Natalie Tolley
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Local authorities in England are reported to be facing a funding shortfall of more than half a billion pounds for educating children with special needs. Concerns have been raised that this is likely to result in spending cuts and service reviews,...

Secondary school offer day 2021

Natalie Tolley
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Monday 01 March 2021 is this year’s national offer day for secondary school admission applications when parents and pupils receive the decision on whether they have been successful in their choice of preferred secondary school. Natalie Tolley in our...

Primary school admission deadline 2021

Mike Pemberton
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The deadline for primary school admissions for the school year commencing in September 2021 will expire on the 15th January. It is still possible to apply for a primary school place after this time but the application will be dealt with as a late...

Government announce changes to law on filtering of offences on criminal record certificates

Mike Pemberton
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The government announce  changes to the law in relation to the filtering of criminal offences on standard and enhanced criminal record certificates provided by the disclosure and barring service.  These will come into force on 28 November...

Applying for secondary schools in 2021- key dates & tips

Natalie Tolley
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If your child turns 11 between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021, then they will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2021. The admissions applications window for secondary schools opened on 1 st August...

Appealing a primary school admissions decision

Mike Pemberton
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Mike Pemberton, partner and head of the civil liberties & public law team at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, specialises in education law and has provided assistance and representation to parents and children who have been unsuccessful in the past. He...

Secondary admissions national offer day is approaching

Mike Pemberton
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Monday 2 March 2020 is this year’s national offer day for secondary school admission applications when parents and pupils receive the decision on whether they have been successful in their choice of preferred secondary school. It will be a day of...

Compensation claims for NHS data breaches

Jessica Saunders
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Our data protection and privacy team are representing a number of claimants in claims for compensation against various  NHS Trusts following their breaches of data protection legislation . What happened? In the last month or so, we have received a...

Top tips for secondary school admission applications

Mike Pemberton
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Its that frantic time of year again when parents and children are considering their preference for secondary schools as the admissions window opened in early September 2019 for pupils going to secondary schools in September 2020. Education lawyer Mike...

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