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Legal Update: Expanding the school census

New guidance on the collection of school census data should not affect any child's right to access compulsory education, writes Anita Hurrell, legal and policy officer at Coram Children's Legal Centre.

School exclusions guidance

Kate Harvey, education adviser at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the potential impact of the proposed new exclusions guidance on pupils in England with special educational needs

School admissions framework: Legal update

The current primary school admissions process continues to lead to poorer outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, says Richard Oldershaw of the Child Law Advice Service.

Legal Update: Rights over exclusions

Machela Boampong, senior paralegal at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, and Dr Simon Gallacher, a freelance education research and policy adviser, on an analysis of school exclusions in North Kensington in London.

School admission codes revised

Kirsten Anderson, legal research and policy manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at whether proposed new regulations promote better access to education for vulnerable children

Legal Update: Parent power in EHCPs

An important decision from the Upper Tribunal has upheld a holistic interpretation of section 9 of the Education Act 1996, the general principle that children will be educated in accordance with their parents’ wishes, with a duty on the local authority to specify the parent’s preferred school in a child’s education, health and care plan (EHCP) if it is considered suitable for their needs, offers “efficient” education and avoids unreasonable public expenditure.

Legal Update: Exclusions guidance withdrawn

Kirsten Anderson, research and policy manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines a legal challenge against the Education Secretary that has led to the withdrawal of controversial new exclusions guidance.