Archive for the 'school children' Category

Gearing up for 20th Annual Bar National Mock Trial Final: “A Triumph of Opportunity, Excellence and Achievement” – The Bar Council

“The Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland and the Bar Council of Northern Ireland, is gearing up for the 20th annual final of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 10th March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

School asbestos compensation puts councils under pressure – The Guardian

“The government faces pressure to assess the risk of asbestos in schools following a landmark legal victory for the family of a woman who died after ‘low-level’ exposure as a secondary school pupil.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Schools to be banned from fingerprinting without parental consent – Daily Telegraph

“Schools are to be banned from fingerprinting children without their parent’s consent as part of a raft of measures to restore civil liberties, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Liberty attacks new school search powers for phones – BBC News

“New search powers being given to schools over mobile phones are more suitable for terror inquiries, human rights pressure group Liberty says.”

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BBC News, 4th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teaching assistant jailed for sex with pupils – The Independent

“A female teaching assistant who had sex with two male pupils was jailed for 16 months today.”

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The Independent, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Teacher facing jail after admitting lesbian affair with pupil – Daily Telegraph

“Louise Yeoman, 29, pleaded guilty to ten charges related to a sexual relationship she conducted with 15-year-old girl at her school. The court heard that the offences took place between December 2008 and March this year while Yeoman was teaching at a secondary school in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teacher jailed for sex with under-age girl – The Independent

“A secondary school teacher was jailed for four years today after being found guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.”

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The Independent, 13th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Teen sues over playground accident blamed for personality disorder – Daily Telegraph

“A teenager is suing a council for £100,000 after claiming an accident in her school playground 11 years ago left her with a personality disorder which means she is unable to make friends.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teachers to be given new powers to crack down on nuisance pupils – The Guardian

“Teachers will get tougher powers to deal with unruly pupils in a ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on nuisance in the classroom, ministers will announce today.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Healthy’ school wins battle against local takeaway – Daily Telegraph

“A school with a ‘healthy eating’ policy has won its High Court battle to prevent a fast food takeaway being set up nearby.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mother jailed after 15-year-old daughter plays truant – Daily Telegraph

“A mother-of-five has been jailed after her 15-year-daughter played truant for 100 days in just four months.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Children, Schools and Families Act 2010

Children, Schools and Families Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Warning over pupil fingerprinting – BBC News

“Many schools are fingerprinting pupils without parents’ permission, teachers have warned.”

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BBC News, 29th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fifth member of staff jailed for indecent relationship with pupil at sex scandal-hit school – Daily Telegraph

“A fifth member of staff at a comprehensive school involved in a scandal over sex with pupils has been jailed after he conducted an indecent relationship with a 15-year-old girl.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Schools ‘break law’ to spy on pupils – The Guardian

“Pupils are monitored by CCTV cameras as frequently as inmates in prisons and passengers at airports, research shows.”

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The Guardian, 15th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (LG) v Independent Appeal Panel for Tom Hood School (Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, interested party) – WLR Daily

Regina (LG) v Independent Appeal Panel for Tom Hood School (Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, interested party) [2010] EWCA Civ 142; [2010] WLR (D) 56

“A decision on the balance of probabilities that a school pupil had produced a knife during a fight was sufficient to found his permanent exclusion from the school. It did not infringe his right to a fair hearing before the decision-maker under art 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, since he had no arguable right under domestic law to continue to be educated at the school without good reason, and thus had no ‘civil right’ to do so. The appeal panel was not determining a criminal charge against the pupil: the sanction of permanent exclusion from a particular school was insufficiently severe to render the charge against him criminal.”

WLR Daily, 2nd March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Sikh ‘ceremonial daggers’ should be allowed in schools, says judge – Daily Telegraph

“Sikh pupils should be allowed to carry ceremonial daggers, Britain’s first Asian judge has said, following a case in which a 14-year-old was excluded for insisting on bringing his Kirpan blade to school.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Hammer attack review is quashed – BBC News

“A review into a hammer attack on a Wiltshire schoolboy was so flawed that it must be quashed, a judge has ruled.”

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BBC News, 22nd October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Children denied school trips over teachers’ fears of being sued – The Guardian

“Children are being denied school trips for fear teachers will be sued if something goes wrong, despite the fact that only 156 recorded legal actions have ended in compensation in the past decade, new research reveals.”

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teacher jailed for sex with pupil – BBC News

“A private school teacher who admitted having an unlawful relationship with a 15-year-old pupil has been jailed for 15 months at Southwark Crown Court.”

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BBC News, 21st September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Christian primary school receptionist sues over religious discrimination – Daily Telegraph

“A school receptionist is suing her employers amid claims that they were ‘anti-Christian’ by suspending her following a dispute over her faith, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Schoolgirl victim of racist bullying says tormentor’s sentence is ‘pants’ – Daily Telegraph

“A schoolgirl driven to the brink of suicide by the taunts of a racist classmate described her tormentor’s sentence as ‘pants’ after he was allowed to walk free from court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Schools pay £16,000 a day in compensation – Daily Telegraph

“Schools are paying out £16,000 a day in compensation to pupils injured in the playground and PE lessons, new figures show.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MoJ launches schools legal education project – The Lawyer

“School pupils are to be taught how the justice ­system works as part of a national curriculum change unveiled by justice minister Bridget Prentice and ­Attorney General Baroness Scotland QC.”

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The Lawyer, 20th July 2009

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Abuse at school ‘went undetected’ – BBC News

“A paedophile housemaster recruited by another child molester abused pupils undetected for years, an inquiry found.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Alexis v Newham London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Alexis v Newham London Borough Council [2009] EWHC 1323 (QB); [2009] WLR (D) 186

“A local authority owed a duty of care to its teachers to take such precautions as were reasonable in all the circumstances to prevent or minimise the risk of injury that might occur as a result of mischievous or malicious behaviour on the part of pupils.”

WLR Daily, 16th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Teacher poisoned by pupil loses claim for damages – The Guardian

“A teacher who claimed her career was wrecked after a schoolgirl poisoned her drinking water with whiteboard cleaning fluid today lost a claim for damages.”

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The Guardian, 15th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Former pupil sues Oundle School over drunken fall from window – The Times

“A public school is being sued by a former pupil who was permanently disabled following a drunken fall from a window.”

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The Times, 12th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Privacy rights thwart evidence search in hammer attack lawsuit – OUT-LAW.com

“A school that is being sued for failing to prevent a vicious attack on a pupil does not need to give the victim’s legal team access to a database of pupil misbehaviour because the disclosure would be disproportionate and breach children’s human rights.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd June 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Orchard v Lee – Times Law Reports

Orchard v Lee

Court of Appeal

“A child at school playing a game in an authorised play area who was not breaking any rules and who was not acting beyond the norms of the game was not liable for an injury caused to a playground supervisor.”

The Times, 14th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Orchard v Lee and another – WLR Daily

Orchard v Lee and another [2009] EWCA Civ 295; [2009] WLR (D) 130

“A child at school playing a game in an authorised play area who was not breaking any rules and who was not acting beyond the norms of the game would not have anticipated that some significant personal injury would result from his actions and so was not liable for an injury caused to a playground supervisor.”

WLR Daily, 6th April 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Boy playing tag not liable for dinner lady’s injury – The Times

“Senior judges hearing a test case at the Court of Appeal have thrown out a claim by a dinner lady who was badly injured by a schoolboy playing tag. Michelle Orchard, 42, was claiming thousands of pounds in damages from Sebastian Lee, who was 13 when he tumbled backwards into her in the playground at Corfe Hills School in Corfe Mullen, Dorset.”

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The Times, 4th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Private school child safety rules should be ‘overhauled’ – The Guardian

“Rules governing children’s safety in independent schools and academies should be ‘comprehensively overhauled’, a government advisor said today.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dinner lady injured by running schoolboy seeks damages in ‘cotton wool culture’ case – Daily Telegraph

“A dinner lady who suffered serious injuries when a schoolboy ran into her is seeking substantial damages in a case that could worsen Britain’s ‘cotton wool culture’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Serious case review in to hammer attack at school – Daily Telegraph

“The Serious Case Review will examine how a gang of Asian youths were able to walk in to the tennis courts at a Wiltshire school and hit 15-year-old Henry Webster repeatedly around the head with a claw hammer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Terror code tells teachers to watch pupils – The Guardian

“Teachers will be asked to monitor pupils’ behaviour and inform the authorities – including police – if they suspect teenagers are being drawn into violent extremism, under government guidance published today.”

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The Guardian, 8th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sikh teenager Sarika Watkins-Singh wins right to wear bangle – The Times

“A Sikh teenager won a legal battle yesterday over her right to wear a bangle that she holds central to her faith.”

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The Times, 30th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sarika Watkins-Singh wins right to wear bangle at school – The Times

“A Sikh girl who took her fight for the right to wear a religious bangle at school to the High Court has won a landmark claim for discrimination.”

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The Times, 29th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Decision expected in bangle case – BBC News

“A teenager is due to find out later whether she has succeeded in her fight to wear a religious bangle at school.”

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BBC News, 29th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Porter – Times Law Reports

Regina v Porter

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“The fact that a particular risk was a part of everyday life would go the issue whether a member of the public had been exposed to the risk in the conduct of an undertaking.”

The Times, 9th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

‘Bangle’ girl case reaches court – BBC News

“The case of the Cynon Valley schoolgirl sent home for wearing a Sikh religious bracelet will be heard by a High Court judge in London later.”

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BBC News, 17th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Expelled ADHD teenager was ‘discriminated against’ – Daily Telegraph

“A girl suffering from a behavioural disorder expelled from school for being ‘disruptive’ was a victim of disability discrimination, a court heard.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

R v Porter – WLR Daily

R v Porter; [2008] WLR (D) 167

There was no obligation upon an employer in the conduct of his undertaking to guard against those risks which were merely fanciful. The fact that risk was part of everyday life went to the issue whether an injured person had been exposed to real risk by the conduct of the operation in question. There was no objective standard which applied in every case but there would be important factors which would indicate one way or the other whether there was such a risk.”

WLR Daily, 23rd May 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Head teachers to get powers to ‘stop and search’ for drugs – The Times

“Schools are set to to be given further powers to search pupils for drugs, alcohol and stolen goods to help head teachers to enforce discipline among the most disruptive students.”

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The Times, 28th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police spokesman sparks DNA row – BBC News

“Police chiefs have distanced themselves from their new spokesman on DNA matters after he said primary school children could be eligible for the DNA database.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Goldsmith unveils proposals to strengthen citizenship – The Times

“Plans to make schoolchildren take part in citizenship ceremonies, pledging allegiance to the Queen, and a new public holiday to celebrate ‘Britishness’ were announced today as part of wide-ranging proposals to strengthen British citizenship.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Schools on alert after 17th Bridgend suicide – The Times

“Experts are to be sent into every school in Bridgend as part of an urgent strategy drawn up to halt the spate of suicides in a small area of South Wales that claimed a 17th young victim yesterday.”

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The Times, 20th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Excluded Sikh pupil goes to court over religious bangle ban – The Guardian

“The case of a 14-year-old Sikh girl excluded from school for wearing a religious bangle will be heard in the high court, it was decided today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Knife scanners at school gates to curb attacks – The Observer

“Airport-style metal detectors will be installed at hundreds of school gates under sweeping measures to confront the growing problem of teenage knife crime.”

Full story

The Observer, 20th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Eye spray used on ‘unruly pupils’ – BBC News

“Police used pepper spray to restrain two 15-year-old pupils after officers were called to a school disturbance.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th December 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Charity: Pupils risk prosecution for ‘gay’ slur – Daily Telegraph

“Children who call their classmates ‘gay’ risk being arrested for committing a hate crime even if they do not know what the word means, a leading charity warned last night.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Elastic band “attack” in school landed a 12-year-old in court – The Times

“A 12-year-old boy who used an elastic band to fire a piece of cardboard at a classmate was charged with grievous bodily harm, in a process estimated to have cost taxpayers at least £10,000.”

Full story

The Times, 29th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Head fined over fall that led to boy’s death – The Times

“The headmaster of a private school was ordered to pay £20,000 in fines and legal costs yesterday following the death of a three-year-old pupil who had hit his head in the playground.”

Full story

The Times, 29th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Geeling murder inquiry to report – BBC News

“A report into the murder of an 11-year-old boy by a fellow school pupil is due to be published.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th August 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Head warning after guilty verdict – BBC News

“A head teacher found guilty of a health and safety breach after a boy fell and later died has said the case could have “profound implications” for teachers.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st August 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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