Tamara is an associate in the education team. She advises schools and academy trusts on academy conversion and transfer projects, pupil behaviour and school exclusions, school admissions and admissions appeals, parental complaints and various governance matters.
She has particular expertise in special educational needs and disability matters and has helped local authorities settle numerous appeals against EHC Plans in the SEND Tribunal.
Recognising the pressures on clients and their staff, Tamara is dedicated to making the complex simple and offering swift, practical and creative solutions.
Tamara is passionate about giving back to the sector and volunteers as a school governor for a primary school in Oxfordshire. She is also an advocate for social mobility. She participates in various firm schemes and mentors an A-Level pupil through the Social Mobility Foundation.
The law around disability discrimination against pupils is not straightforward – but the reputational risk, let alone costs, of falling foul of the law are huge, so it’s worth upskilling staff whenever possible, as these two lawyers outline.
This month the Department for Education (“DfE”) released new guidance on behaviour in schools which has substantial changes from the previous guidance from 2016.