With many Schools and Colleges closing in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic (“Covid 19”) and the consequential cancellation of Public A-Level (or equivalent) and GCSE examinations in the summer of 2020, examination grades will be based on a revised system of awarding qualifications. Currently, the process  introduces a more subjective element of teacher’s assessments, followed by a process of ‘standardisation’ by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (“Ofqual”), the body that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England, using a controversial algorithm. This has increased the scope for unfairness and the potential for challenges to the awards given. 

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An Employment Tribunal sitting in Norwich on 3rd January 2020 has decided that ethical veganism is a "philosophical belief" and so is protected in law by the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 has always afforded protection to people because of nine protected characteristics:-

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What is the Future for Post-Adoption Contact? The issue of post-adoption contact was recently considered by the Court of Appeal in Re B (A Child) (Post-Adoption Contact) [2019] EWCA Civ…

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Infant classes and the limited right of appeal With infant class places being allocated across the country today, many parents will be consoling themselves in the knowledge that they have…

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The issue of post-adoption contact was recently considered by the Court of Appeal in the case of Re B (A Child) (Post-Adoption Contact) [2019] EWCA Civ 29. The appellants were…

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The Upper Tribunal has widened the scope for potential disability discrimination cases relating to exclusions by removing the exemption of pupils who have “a tendency to physical abuse”.  In C…

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The Upper Tribunal reminded Local Authorities of the need to make EHC plans suitably specific. In B-M and B-M v Oxfordshire County Council (SEN) [2018] UKUT 35 (AAC) HS/3005/2017 the…

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The powers of the First Tier Tribunal were extended from 3rd April 2018 as part of a 2 year national trial.  The extended powers enable the Tribunal to make non-binding…

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What is a Managed Move A managed move is a voluntary agreement between schools, a pupil and their parents that the pupil will be educated at a new school rather…

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Stress at Work – A legal overview The problem Stress can adversely affect undermine the quality of an employee’s performance and is a major cause of absence from work, and…

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