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Extra medical school places announced for 2018

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The government has recently confirmed an extra 500 medical school places in England for 2018.  Training to become a doctor takes at least five years, and currently in the UK about 6,000 graduate each year. The British Medical Association says the plan...

Education headlines this week

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It’s all education headlines this week, here’s what I have noticed so far! Relationships education Firstly the Department for Education (DfE) issued a policy statement on relationships education to include sex education, personal, social,...

No time like term time

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Last year saw the landmark case where a High Court ruled that Jon Platt’s fine for removing his child from school for a holiday during term time was unfair.  The reasoning was that the overall attendance of the child was above the Isle of Wight...

pressures rising for schools

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Schools remain under constant pressures. Staffing, curriculum and funding, to name but a few. In the run up to Christmas the headlines were full of tales of woe and this continues into in the new year. in December, the National Audit Office warned state...

Beating the school funding gap

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There are many stories in the media with frightening warnings of budget cuts being imminent for the majority of schools and how it will have a large-scale, negative impact in the education community. A rising number of schools are already reported to be in...

Great education for all

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Immediate plans to force all schools in underperforming local authority areas to become academies has been axed by the Education Secretary. News that this aspect of the “Education for All” Bill would be dropped came during the announcement that...

2016 Legal 500 results are out!

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"A standout name in Essex" quoted by Legal 500 2016 for Birkett Long! This year has been a great success for Birkett Long, 3 of our partners have again been ranked as "Leading Individuals". These are Claire Read, Head of Wills, Trusts...

Bad education rising

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Unregistered schools. It’s been yo-yoing in and out of the news for years. Now that the Government has tweaked the wording on the regulations on the 15th January 2016 and 21 unregistered schools were closed down in Autumn 2015, it’s a hot topic...

Rule on holidays during term flip flops

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Last week, parent Jon Platt, avoided prosecution for refusing to pay a fine for taking his child out of school during term time for a holiday to Disneyworld in Florida. I have blogged about this topic before, as with local authorities taking a hard line on...

"Genuine expansion" or "new" grammar school?

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The Weald of Kent school has hit the news recently. The grammar school has become a subject of conversation regarding its proposal to expand. The school which is based in Tonbridge plans to open another site in Sevenoaks, Kent. What’s the problem with...

Dad takes on Government for not being able to take children out of school

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I’ve just watched a clip of Good Morning Britain where dad, Noah Myers, explains why he has started a legal battle against the Government as he was fined for taking his children out of school during term time.  I’ve come across quite a few...

Schools - the weak link in the chain

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This blog is in response to a BBC news article.  Read here… The news that the E-Act chain was to lose control of ten of its academy schools following Ofsted inspections didn’t surprise me. It wasn’t because I had some kind of...

A bright future for the University of Essex

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The future looks bright for our friends at the University of Essex as their expansion programme proceeds at a pace. On 22 October Adrian Livesley (our Managing Partner) and I were privileged to attend the ‘Topping out Ceremony’ for the new...

Judicial Review at the School refusing Academy Status

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It’s all change at Downhills Primary School in North London. First it was the headteacher, Leslie Church, who resigned last month but now the governing body has been sacked – a very bold move by the Department for Education! Downhills was found...

The fight for school places - results today

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Around 600,000 children in England will today find out which secondary school they have got into. Think of all the nervous kids (and parents!) there must be today. Will they get into the school they want? Will they still be with all their friends? I...

Working overtime for no pay? You've spent the first part of this year working every day for free!

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Today, 24 February 2012, is the TUC’s “Work Your Proper Hours Day”. So if you often work unpaid overtime, and you worked all your unpaid overtime at the beginning of the year instead of spreading it out across the whole year, apparently you...

Studios Now on the School Menu

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I’ve just seen that the Department for Education has published information on setting up “studio schools”, so adding to the variety of schools which we can now have: independent schools, state comprehensives, academies, free...

Education Bill Given Royal Assent

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I wonder how much impact the much talked about Education Act 2011 will actually have now that it is, bit by bit, coming into force? The new Act follows on from the Academies Act which began to try to give schools their autonomy. This new one is meant to...

Say "Humbug" to no school play photos!

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If, like many of us here at Birkett Long, you’re going to your children’s school play at Christmas, don’t forget the Information Commissioner’s advice! Christopher Graham, the Commissioner, confirmed that it really is a myth that the...

Birkett Long helps Hilltop Junior School become an academy

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We all like a good news story, and I am very pleased to confirm that Hilltop Junior School in Wickford today converted to an academy! Alison Waite, Headteacher at the school, contacted us in June to ask us if we could assist with the academy conversion...

Teachers' Strike Over Pensions

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It seems that both state and independent schools will be affected by the strike action by teachers following a vote by the Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). The first strike is to start on...

Academies Momentum Builds

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At the beginning of January we were told that 371 secondary schools had become academies – the equivalent of 11% of all secondary schools in England. I have just found out that as of the beginning of this month, the number of new academies has...

Poorly performing schools to be transformed into academies

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It will be announced today by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, that 200 of the worst performing primary schools in England will be transformed into academies next year in a movement to improve education standards throughout the country. There are over...