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Charlotte is an education specialist and supports the firm’s independent schools and academies (including free schools) on contentious and non-contentious pupil and parent matters such as pupil exclusions; parental complaints; data protection; child protection and safeguarding; special educational needs; bullying incidents; Equality Act obligations and discrimination claims.
For independent schools, Charlotte advises on the parent contract, breach of contract and duty of care claims and helping schools prepare for inspections including reviewing key policies to ensure they comply with the Independent School Regulatory Requirements, National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and Early Years Statutory Framework (where applicable).
Specifically for academies (including free schools), Charlotte advises on admissions, admissions appeals, exclusions and responses and appeals to the Education Funding Agency. Charlotte also works with academies on ensuring key policies meet regulatory requirements.
Charlotte regularly speaks at national and regional conferences for the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA), Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) and the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS). Charlotte co-wrote the Reasonable Adjustments Duty for independent schools, published by the Independent Schools Council (ISC). Charlotte is also a governor of a school which caters for pupils with learning support needs.
Charlotte is a ranked lawyer and recognised practitioner in Education in Chambers and Partners 2016.
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