SEN Appeals / Transitions

From 1st September, children with statements of special educational needs (SEN), Learning Difficulties Assessments and those with Education Health and Care (EHC) plans issued before 1st September 2014 will start the transition to the new SEN framework introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014.    All pupils with statements should have completed this process by … Read more

New Exclusions Guidance Withdrawn

The Government recently published new statutory guidance applying to all exclusions which occur after 5th January 2015.  The new guidance was to replace the previous 2012 guidance, which remains current.   One key change in the new guidance was to lower the bar for an exclusion by removing the reference in the 2012 guidance to … Read more

Employment Law Update – Students on placements – Blackwood v Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Employment Law Update – Students on placements – Blackwood v Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.   The appeal against the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision to dismiss Miss Blackwood’s appeal is now likely to be heard by the Court of Appeal on 1st or 2nd July 2015.  We hope that the court will provide … Read more

EHC Plans

It is going to be different times for parents, schools and local authorities (LA) as the educational provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 comes into force on 1st September 2014.   The Act introduces significant changes to the special educational needs regime with new regulations and a new Code of Practice shortly due to … Read more