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

It is vital to know the new changes to the law — especially if your school is its own admissions authority, writes Ingrid Sutherland

Jenni Whitehead provides clarification on when the Data Protection Act applies to photographing and filming students in school

Richard Bird, former headteacher and now legal consultant to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), looks at the wisdom of using the power to search in schools and concludes that there are often better options

SENCOs will have a significant role to play in carrying out the new duties set out in the Disability Discrimination Act, writes Bill Goler

Data protection law sets firm boundaries around what information you can collect. Educators retain excessive data at their peril, writes Simon White

Maintained schools in England are now responsible for providing full-time education for excluded pupils from the sixth day of their exclusion

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

Joining forces brings benefit, but there are implications for governance, employment, and leadership, writes Mark Blois

In Spring 2007, Jenni Whitehead reported on a Home Office consultation, which was launched to seek views on proposals for making non-photographic visual depictions of child abuse an offence

The National Assembly elections on May 3 2007 marked the completion of the second four-year term of devolved government in Wales. Allan Tait presents some of the key issues facing school governors in Wales

Schools are being advised to review their policies and practices to make sure that they are not doing anything that discriminates against pupils on the grounds of religion or belief

New guidance on behaviour and discipline in schools hit the headlines during Easter 2007 – largely because of its suggestions on the importance of rewarding good behaviour as well as punishing bad

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

A useful update on the current law regarding discrimination is provided by Patti Turner

Christian Webb-Jenkins, of Browne Jacobson LLP, discusses the act.

New maternity and flexible working rights mean employers must brush up on the law, says Derek Eccleston.

A proposed change in the law would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco. Peter Downes discusses the implications for schools.

Headteacher Ian Bauckham attacks some common myths about faith schools and argues that their abolition would seriously reduce parental choice as well as being detrimental to the government’s commitment to raising standards.

The Education Act 2005: an overview for school staff.

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