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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.

Recognising sign language is important for equality

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016
On 17 September 2015, the Scottish Parliament passed the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill. The public gallery was packed with Deaf BSL users, many of whom had been banned from signing as children and forced to lip read. It had been a long, hard battle and it was difficult for many to hold back the tears and keep their emotions at bay.

Legal Update: Caring for refugee children

  • Monday, September 28, 2015
Kamena Dorling, policy and programmes manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the UK government's response to the refugee crisis and foster care provision for refugee children.

SEN checks must focus on local progress, not just crude ratings

  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The disability and special educational needs reforms, with joined-up education, health and care plans at their heart, are finally starting to bite. They make complete sense to me, with a far greater focus on children's strengths rather than their weaknesses, and a requirement that professionals will work together as a team to wrap support around the family.