We’ve supported many academy trusts and schools in their challenge of Ofsted inspection processes and reports. We provide strategic advice to schools on dealing with an unsatisfactory Ofsted report - from assisting with providing comments on the draft report and drafting Steps 2 and 3 complaints under Ofsted’s complaints procedure, to liaising with Ofsted’s legal team and advising on litigation and injunctions to prevent publication of a contested report.
Our combination of sector knowledge and public law expertise means we’re well placed to both advise schools on crafting the strongest case possible and offer pragmatic guidance following a difficult inspection.
As a result of our experience in this area, we’ve been able to secure reinspections, grade changes, delays to publication, and amendments to the narrative of reports on behalf of academies and schools.
We can guide you through the process. We are committed to providing practical and objective legal support during what can be a particularly testing time for school staff and governors.
"Work closely with our team and become part of our extended team. Maintain high level of sector knowledge. Provision of CPD and events by experts."
"Very down to earth and client focused. Pragmatic advice and not too risk averse."
The two biggest changes in the new safeguarding guidance revolve around sourcing high quality governor and trustee training and the new requirement to carry out online searches for shortlisted candidates. This article focuses on how and when to carry out online searches. In the coming week we will follow up with everything you need to consider when sourcing high quality governor or trustee training.
National law firm Browne Jacobson has grown its team behind its dedicated Space + Time executive coaching programme with the addition of two more qualified coaches who will work with clients in the education sector.
This academic year has seen the return of Ofsted inspections for schools, albeit with a slight interruption in December owing to Omicron. The majority of the autumn term, however, was a busy period for Ofsted and included the targeted inspection of formerly exempt schools.
Omicron may have brought Ofsted inspections to a pause in December, but most of the autumn term was a busy period for the non-ministerial department, with a return to a full schedule of inspections and the targeted inspection of schools formerly exempt.
Tomorrow, (Wednesday 27th October), national law firm Browne Jacobson will host its second FAIRE: virtual work experience and legal careers insight event, in partnership with Young Professionals.
A former teacher and MP on the current Commons Education Select Committee, Jonathan Gullis, has introduced a bill to give Ofsted the power to inspect Multi Academy Trusts (MATs).
Our client, Yew Tree Primary School, challenged the Secretary of State for Education’s (SSE) decision not to revoke a directive Academy Order.
The scrutiny of multi-academy trust (MAT) performance by Ofsted has recently undergone some operational changes. In this note, we comment on the revised approach and identify a number of key elements for MATs to reflect on.
A Head Teacher and her father were convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for running an unregistered private school in Streatham.