Plagiarism or Poor Referencing?

Ask the man in the street for a definition of plagiarism and he’ll probably say something along the lines of “taking another person’s work and pretending it’s your own.” He might even talk about “stealing.” The term brings to mind shady practices like handing in a friend’s essay, or doing a copy and paste job. Crucially, for most of us, plagiarism involves an element of dishonesty. And yet, for university academics plagiarism covers a lot

School Holiday Fines – Supreme Court Ruling

Supreme Court Hands down its long-awaited judgment in respect of school term-time holiday fines. In a landmark judgment handed down by The Supreme Court this morning, it has been ruled that parents cannot legally take children out of school during term-time without their head teacher’s permission. Parents who take children out of school during term time face fines and prosecution for doing so. Jon Platt had successfully argued in the Magistrates Court and High Court

National offer day and Admissions Appeals

The 1st March 2017 is the National Offer Day for secondary school places in England and Wales. In a period where there is a shortage of secondary school places, fewer children than ever before are likely to get their first choice of school places. If unsuccessful, the only way to attempt to secure your child a place at the secondary school of your choice is to submit an appeal against the Admission Authority’s decision. Often,

Court finds that the teacher’s professional discipline regime can act retrospectively

Can the professional discipline regime under the Education Act 2011 which allows the Secretary of State for Education, through powers delegated to the National College for Teaching and Leadership, to make a Prohibition of Teaching Order, be exercised in respect of misconduct that took place prior regime occurring, thereby allowing the regime to work retrospectively. In McTier v Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWHC 212 (Admin), the Administrative Court concluded that it could. A

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