State Funded Schools

Can I remove this pupil from the roll?

Removing pupils from the school roll has been a frequent issue in the media recently. Unsurprisingly, therefore, we are often asked by schools whether they can lawfully remove a pupil from the roll. The rules are relatively straightforward.

The circumstances in which a school can lawfully take this action are limited and specific and are found in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, regulation 8. Where the child is of compulsory school-age they can be removed from the roll if:

Admission arrangements: Legitimate intentions, unfair arrangements. Are your admission arrangements fair?

As the pressure on school places shows no sign of letting up, admissions arrangements are coming under increasing scrutiny. A recent decision by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator puts the spotlight on overly onerous evidential hurdles and serves as a reminder to admissions authorities that their arrangements must be fair.

ACAS Education Forum: West Midlands - Birmingham - 09.04.2019

Employment and Immigration Law Seminar

Keep up-to-date on relevant developments in the sector. Surinder Kaur Dhillon, our specialist employment lawyer, together with colleagues from ACAS, will deliver the Employment law update session on case law specific to the sector and new developments which have practical impact on the day-to-day operation of schools.

Julie Moktadir, our immigration specialist, looks at the impact of Brexit for employers and what challenges there will be in the short- and longer-term. Julie will also discuss recent changes to Right to Work checks, and how to ensure compliance.

Date & Location

Wednesday 9 April 2019
Stone King LLP (ihub 4th Floor), Colmore Gate, 2-6 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QD.


09:30am: Registration and refreshments
09:50am: Welcome and introduction
10:00am - 11:00am: Employment Law Update with Surinder Dhillon
11:00am - 11:15am: Refreshments
11:15am - 12:30pm: Immigration Law Update with Julie Motkadir
12:30pm: Finish


Julie Moktadir | Surinder Dhillon


This event is free to attend.

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

Fiduciary Duties of Governors

A maintained school’s use of its delegated budget has recently been considered by the High Court: which ruled that a school’s former headteacher and two governors (the “Defendants”) had breached a fiduciary duty they owed to a local authority (the “Claimant”) under the School Standards and Framework Act (SSFA) 1998 by issuing payments from the delegated budget improperly. This article explores the case (Brent LBC v Davies and others) and comments on whether the ruling may also apply to MATs.

New Directions? HMCI’s Speech to the Schools North East Summit

Anyone remember the Revised Code of 1862?

A minister and his civil servants lay down what children should learn and how they will be tested. If schools do not meet the standard, they will lose their grant. “It will either be efficient or cheap,’ says the minister. The Inspectorate looks and says it is neither. Amanda Spielman’s speech at the Schools North East Summit on 11th October 2018 suggests the reprise of this old motif.

Exclusions not made by head

Despite the continued focus on exclusions and exclusion-like activities, some very basic issues can get overlooked. Everyone is now clear that exclusion can only be on disciplinary grounds but is it equally clear that only the head teacher (“HT”) of a school can exclude a pupil and that if the exclusion is made by any other person it risks being challenged on the grounds that it is unlawful? Whilst this may sound easy to observe, the potential for schools to get this wrong is increasing.


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