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Mossbourne mistake?

28 August 2012

The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Tribunal has ruled against Mossbourne Academy following their refusal to admit a number of SEN students on the basis that their admission could compromise the education of other pupils. These appeals were a consequence of a local authority decision not to name the academy rather than a decision by the academy itself.

What is clear from this decision is that strong evidence as to incompatibility with the education of others is required if this argument is to succeed. Local authorities and schools should work together to produce detailed reasons and provide information about practical issues that evidence exactly why the education of others will suffer.

Such a joined up approach should be seen in a positive light for the education sector. However, it may not be so well received by parents who are fighting for a place at that school. It is also no guarantee of success at the Tribunal where parents have won many appeals in recent years.

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