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Whether you manage a school or an academy, you need a trusted education law specialist to help you to handle the many complex and challenging issues you face, from parental complaints to exclusions, from safeguarding to compliance.

Data protection is also a key issue for schools, as well as for charities and a range of businesses. I can advise both strategically and practically when you face regulatory scrutiny on matters such as subject access requests, personal data breaches and freedom of information requests because I have considerable experience of dealing with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

My previous experience as part of the in-house legal team for UCAS and UCAS Media Limited means that I have a deep understanding of the legal and data challenges faced by a range of data rich organisations, so I’m well-placed to advise on successful resolutions.

My passion for education extends well beyond the workplace – I enjoy learning new languages and discovering other cultures.

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The report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: a brief guide to some of the key recommendations and next steps

Introduction The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) began listening to evidence and investigating…

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KCSIE 2022: Changes and updates schools need to know

On 1 September 2022, the final version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) was…

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Proposed changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance

All schools will be fully aware of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance (KCSIE)…

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Covid-19 vaccinations for pupils

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recently announced that all children aged 12…

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Final versions of guidance published in September

Earlier this month final versions of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) and Sexual Violence…

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Update for independent schools on guidance for teacher assessed grades in summer 2021

We provided an update on the recent guidance for Teacher Assessed Grades produced by the…

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Mental health and wellbeing support in schools and colleges guidance – June 2021

The government has released guidance on the mental health and wellbeing support in schools and…

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Update on guidance for Teacher Assessed Grades in summer 2021

In recent months guidance has been released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and…

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Collecting vaccination status data: data protection considerations for schools

As the vaccination roll-out continues apace, schools are considering (afresh) collecting vaccination status data on…

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