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School appeal news

16 Jun 2009, 16:21 by Ian Jones

Labels: admission, admission-appeal, admission-appeals, admissions, advice, appeal, application, barrister, civil-law, daily-mail, daily-telegraph, education, governing-body, guardian-newspaper, ian-jones, lawyer, primary, school, school-admission, school-admissions, school-appeal, school-appeals, schools, schools-adjudicator, schools-appeals, secondary, secondary-school

Ian Jones is quoted extensively in the newspapers this week as figures are released showing that 1 in 10 primary school children were denied a place at the school preferred by their parents. 

For those who want to follow the media discussion, the story is taken up by the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent and the Guardian newspapers.

School appeals are likely to feature further in the news over the next few weeks, with more school appeal statistics due out on Thursday and with a forthcoming High Court ruling on the powers of appeal panels.

 Ian Jones is a barrister specialising in school appeals and education law at New Walk Chambers, Leicester.


More parents use lawyers to secure school places

24 Oct 2008, 09:47 by John Snell

Labels: guardian-newspaper, ian-carter, ian-jones, school-appeal, school-appeals

Mr. Ian Jones was interviewed by the Guardian about school appeals and the now common place use of lawyers by parents in school appeals, Mr Jones (who may have been incorrectly reffered to as Ian Carter) said "Parents want to know when they need to move house to secure the best place at schools. They want to know how close they have to be to the school to guarantee a place, and they dont want a margin of error ... They want advice on how to get it right from the beginning". Mr Jones went on to say that many parents felt they needed the representation to navigate the complex and emotionally charged process of school appeals. He then said "they feel the system is stacked against them and they need support to get through it".

Reported in the Guardian thursday 23rd October 2008 on page 6.


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