We are able to advise schools and academies on compliance with admissions law and the School Admissions Code of Practice and School Admissions Appeal Code of Practice. This includes specialist legal advice on:
We can support you to avoid or manage referrals to the Schools Adjudicator or parental complaints to the EFA.
Our education team is experienced in supporting schools dealing with behaviour and bullying incidents and can work with you to manage risks to seek to avoid any such incidents. This support includes:
As a maintained school or academy, we can support you in complying with statutory guidance on exclusions. This advice covers:
Academies must have in place a written complaints policy for parents that complies with the Education Independent School Standards Regulations. Our education team can work with your school to support you in dealing with complaints from parents and other members of the public. This includes:
The DfE has highlighted the importance of effective governance in its new Governance Handbook. At Lanyon Bowdler, we are experienced in advising schools on governance issues, including on conversion. We are currently working with SGOSS on a handbook for academies that considers the key responsibilities of governors and provides case studies from academy trusts. The support we can offer includes:
We are able to support schools providing an education to pupils with SEND and in situations where placements are being sought at your school. We can help with:
The importance of ensuring your pupils wellbeing is of course fundamental and at Lanyon Bowdler we are well placed to support you in managing any safeguarding incidents. Our support covers:
If you would like a no-obligation chat about your legal needs, please contact a member Education Law team directly or complete our online enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page. We will be happy to talk with you.