New school admissions appeals regulations published

April 23rd, 2020 by Jonathan Auburn

The new School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have just been published and are available here. Read more »


COVID-19 and school places for critical sector workers: one parent or two?

March 20th, 2020 by Jonathan Auburn

The new Cabinet Office and DfE Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision states that school places should be provided where needed for children of critical sector workers. One issue which has arisen immediately is whether this means school places should be open where one parent is a critical sector worker, or only where both parents are such workers. Read more »


COVID-19 and the delivery of provision in EHC plans

March 19th, 2020 by Jonathan Auburn

In my last post, I set out the Secretary of State for Education’s recent announcement that while schools generally are to close, education is still to be provided to certain categories of children, including key workers, children with social workers (presumably those with a children in need plan), and all children with EHC plans. The last category of children, those with EHC plans, will in the current circumstances pose significant challenges for local authorities and schools. While there are many issues to work through, here are some preliminary observations – Read more »


COVID-19 and school closures: Secretary of State’s announcement

March 19th, 2020 by Jonathan Auburn

For anyone looking for the full text of the Secretary of State for Education’s recent announcement on school closures, and continued provision of education for the children of key workers, children who have assigned social workers, and children with EHC plans, here it is – Read more »


Higher education claims: Court gives general guidance on JR and OIA complaints

February 13th, 2017 by Jonathan Auburn

In three linked cases the Administrative Court has just given important general guidance on the relationship between judicial review proceedings and references to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. The three linked cases were R (Zahid) v University of Manchester, R (Rafique-Aldawery) v St George’s, University of London, and R (Sivasubramaniyam) v University of Leicester [2017] EWHC 188 (Admin). The cases were decided together by judgment of Mr Justice Hickinbottom delivered on 10 February 2017. Read more »