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School appeal news

16 Jun 2009, 16:21 by Ian Jones

Labels: admission, admission-appeal, admission-appeals, admissions, advice, appeal, application, barrister, civil-law, daily-mail, daily-telegraph, education, governing-body, guardian-newspaper, ian-jones, lawyer, primary, school, school-admission, school-admissions, school-appeal, school-appeals, schools, schools-adjudicator, schools-appeals, secondary, secondary-school

Ian Jones is quoted extensively in the newspapers this week as figures are released showing that 1 in 10 primary school children were denied a place at the school preferred by their parents. 

For those who want to follow the media discussion, the story is taken up by the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent and the Guardian newspapers.

School appeals are likely to feature further in the news over the next few weeks, with more school appeal statistics due out on Thursday and with a forthcoming High Court ruling on the powers of appeal panels.

 Ian Jones is a barrister specialising in school appeals and education law at New Walk Chambers, Leicester.

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Special Educational Needs new SENCO Regulations

28 Nov 2008, 15:55 by Ian Jones

Labels: barrister, education, governing-body, head-teacher, qts, qualified-teacher-status, school, senco, special-educational-needs, teacher

New regulations have been laid before Parliament requiring Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators in schools (SENCOs) to be qualified teachers.  The Education (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) (England) Regulations 2008 come into force on 1st September 2009.  By that date, all SENCOs need to have qualified teacher status (QTS) and to be teaching at their school - which would rule out sharing a SENCO between several schools.  The only exceptions are (a) where the head teacher is the SENCO but is not in fact a qualified teacher (legally possible) and (b) where the SENCO has been in post for at least six months on 31st August 2009 and the school's governing body is satisfied that he/she is taking steps to obtain QTS and stands a reasonable prospect of achieving it by September 2011.  The regulations do not say what will happen if such a person fails to obtain QTS by that date.

Written by Ian Jones, Barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in Education Law

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