Our areas of expertise include governance and trustee duties, academy conversions, school mergers and sales, educational negligence claims, safeguarding, managing allegations against staff, bullying, reasonable adjustments, disability and SEN, supplier contracts, data protection and freedom of information issues.
The Team is lead by Helen Tucker, a Chair of Governors, and former Head of Legal for The Girls' Day School Trust, a large group of independent schools and academies.
Helen is held in high regard by the Heads of our schools for providing professional technical advice with a friendly, practical approach.
Education Update December 2014
Three recent pieces of guidance from DfE - Promoting fundamental British values, Cyberbullying: Advice for headteachers and school staff and data protection guidance for when considering "cloud" software services.Read more
Education Update October 2014
This month's Education article contains a brief update on: DfE policies and guidance list , SEN and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years, DfE guidance October 2014: Planning transition to adulthood for care leavers and Reminder - Pupils with medical conditions.Read more
Education Update August 2014
This Education Update comments on: Implementing the new SEN system: duties and timescales, Mental health and behaviour - schools guidance, Consultation: Changes to the School Admissions Code, Court dismisses JR challenge to forced Academy Order, DfE guidance: Promoting the education of looked-after children, and Amendments to those entitled to free EYFS provision.Read more
Education Update July 2014
This Education Update comments on :New 'Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014', Test case against the DfE on the authorisation of term time holidays - the saga continues, Forthcoming legal and regulatory changes, including requirements relating to "British Values" and Changes to the Teachers’ Disciplinary Regulations.Read more
Education Update June 2014
This Education Update comments on: DfE guidance “Supporting pupils with medical conditions in our schools” published in advance of new duty; and New school governance regulations 2014 and statutory guidance published.Read more
Education Update - May 2014
-New safeguarding guidance: Keeping Children Safe April 2014. -Further DfE Consultation on revised SEN and Disability Code April 2014. -Court of Appeal determination of 'public expenditure' in Wendy Haining v Warrington Borough Council  EWCA Civ 398. -May 2014 Guidance for local authorities on maintained schools causing concern. -Permission to judicially review an academy order R (Governing Body of the Warren Comprehensive School) v Secretary of State for Education  EWHC 338 (Admin).Read more
Education Update April 2014
This Education Update comments on the new School Organisation Framework, DfE guidance on the academy/free school presumption and upcoming changes in 2014.Read more
New School Organisation Framework 2014 : Are you ready for change?
On 28 January 2014 two sets of School Organisation regulations came into force, together with revised DfE Guidance. This has changed the process which proposers (e.g. local authorities and governing bodies) must follow in order to make a prescribed alteration to establish or to close a maintained school.Read more
Our specialist charity lawyers combine legal knowledge with a real understanding of the voluntary sector, in order to benefit you most. We advise national and local charities, social enterprises and other not for profit organisations, providing a comprehensive service. We work with other teams including Employment, Property, Trusts, Estates and Education, to ensure that you deal with a specialist in their field at every juncture.Read more
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Royal Academy for Deaf Education launch new building plans
Ashfords are co-sponsoring the launch of plans for the new Academy for Deaf Education. The event will take place at Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum with Andrew Rothwell and The Design Team representing the firm.Read more
Education makes a difference, and is never dull. School issues often cross a range of legal practice areas. It is important to take a pragmatic approach, which takes account of pupil outcomes, and relevant government policy and guidance, as well as the legal, commercial, and reputational risks.