Caroline has a growing practice in education law and is keen to further develop her interest in this field, in particular cases concerning special educational needs (‘SEN’).
Caroline’s relevant experience includes:
- Advising the Department for Education regarding the potential termination of an Academy’s funding as a result of poor governance and failure to comply with the Independent School Standards (consideration of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010, in particular provisions relating to safeguarding and the need to promote community cohesion)
- Representing a School before an Exclusion Appeal Panel (under the old regime)
- Acting as a Clerk and legal advisor to Admission Appeal Panels in Oxford and Buckinghamshire, including advising on the implications of disability discrimination in the context of school admissions
- Prosecutions for non-attendance under section 444 of the Education Act 1996
Whilst at the Public Law Project, Caroline’s education-related work included advising on the lawfulness of a University’s disciplinary scheme and the legality of a decision to close the last all-male state school in Hackney.
Caroline has also provided training to local authorities and Independent Review (formerly Appeal) Panel members on the subject of exclusion appeals, most recently in respect of the legislative changes which came into force in September 2012.