The new guidance on restraining pupils is essential reading. Jenni Whitehead discusses the powers it gives and some of the dilemmas it poses

Michael Segal explains why a clear school complaints procedure is vital

The rulings of two recent legal cases indicate that a pupil’s attitude and application will now be key in assessing educational negligence claims, writes Mark Blois

It all depends on the SEN and disability discrimination regimes. David Ruebain, Chris Barnett and David Wolfe examine a recent case that sets out some limits

A headteacher was fined £12,500 after a boy died at school. What does this mean for educators? Hazel Padmore investigates

Kris Lines surveys this highly litigated area — and suggests a step-by-step approach to safety within the law

Get set for a raft of changes to legislation and guidance — including rules on use of force, searching and confiscation, writes Ingrid Sutherland

Setting out and packing away heavy equipment can be dangerous. Kris Lines sets out safety precautions that will minimise the risks to pupils and staff

Pupil discipline provisions enshrined in the Education and Inspections Act 2006 came into force in April 2007. Solicitor Dai Durbridge interprets what these measures will mean for work in schools

Physical disparity is acceptable where players are the same age, says an authoritative new case – Kris Lines reports

Could the school be held liable for negligence if it doesn’t tell parents after an incident?

What are the legal implications of greater collaborative working between education and health care professionals, asks Amelia Newbold

Philip Jones presents a case study and discusses the difficulties faced by schools when providing intimate care to pupils who have disabilities.

We begin a series of best practice advice features with a look at the implications of a school having its own bank account

As schools open their doors to new categories of visitor, they must take an audit of risk and danger on the premises, writes Sarah Freeston.

In a recent edition of School Governor Update David Marriott explored whether there was a future for governance.

New technology can be a comfort or a threat. Vicky Lapins outlines legal duties on educators to keep children safe.

What should employers do when faced with requests for allowances to be made at work on religious grounds? Helen Badger takes a look at the law.

New initiatives, including travel plans and school transport advisers, are being introduced. Managers ignore these at their peril, writes Ingrid Sutherland.

Kris Lines takes the story of a girl who wanted to play mixed football after the age of 12, and explains its implications across the spectrum of school sport.

Risk assessment and needs analysis are key areas of school security. Gill O’Donnell and Brin Best guide you though the systems that need to be in place to ensure that your school is prepared for all eventualities.

We all have policies; we monitor them, we evaluate them and every year or so we review them. Lynn Cousins suggests a different approach.

Nathan Archer, from the children’s house consultancy, guides you through the regulations relating to managing any money that you have raised from outside sources, and reminds you of the legalities surrounding local fundraising.

Gill O’Donnell provides practical advice on looking after these key staff and argues that a proactive approach to health and safety is needed to ensure that they are protected from injury.

What duty of care does a school educational psychologist owe a pupil and, if the psychologist is negligent, what damages will the LEA be liable for?

When does an LEA education officer owe a duty of care to pupils? How far does this duty extend? Michael Segal looks at important new case law.

Governing bodies in secondary schools in England are continuing to lag behind in ensuring that their schools fulfil their statutory duties, according to the latest Ofsted annual report.

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