Now updated for 2017/18, this is the comprehensive guide to the Special Educational Needs & Disability Code of Practice 2014 and new SEN framework, which came into force in September 2014.
From award-winning Douglas Silas, a solicitor specialising exclusively in special educational needs, it includes and links to all relevant legislation, regulations and guidance needed.
As an eBook only, this guide is easily carried around on a mobile device and can be used to make searchable highlights/notes/bookmarks.
This guide is for many people, amongst others:
- Parents/carers, young people and their advocates;
- Teachers/SENCOs/lecturers (both in mainstream/special schools or colleges);
- Local Authority officers (dealing with ‘education’ or ‘care’);
- Healthcare professionals (e.g. therapists, psychologists, doctors);
- Anyone involved in Complaints/Appeals/Dispute Resolution.
Douglas specialises exclusively in SEN and has done so successfully for nearly two decades. He is widely respected and internationally recognised as a leading expert in his field.
Douglas has successfully advised & represented thousands of parents of children and young people with SEN/Disability and has also trained a wide variety of people in this field over the years. He has been consistently named as an expert in Education Law by the leading UK legal directories for well over a decade.
During his career, Douglas has helped many parents get the right educational provision or placement for their child, even where they thought that there was no hope left. He specialises in handling the more difficult or complicated cases, sometimes succeeding where parents have already been unsuccessful previously.
Douglas’ website www.SpecialEducationalNeeds.co.uk provides a lot of free information about SEN and is nationally recognised, getting many thousands of visitors (both personal and professional) every month.
In 2011, Douglas was shortlisted by the Law Society for its prestigious 'Solicitor of the Year (Private Practice)' award in its annual Excellence Awards. In 2013, Douglas received the first ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award at the Modern Law Awards.
At the time of publication, in Summer 2014, Douglas has already been named ‘Education Lawyer of the Year in England’ in the Corporate International Global Awards 2014 and also ‘UK - Education Lawyer of the Year’ in the ACQ Global Awards 2014. Douglas was shortlisted by the Law Society, for 'Solicitor of the Year (Private Practice)' for the second time in their Excellence Awards, in Autumn 2014.
Intended for Texas school personnel, school board members, interested attorneys, and taxpayers, the eighth edition explains what the law is and what the implications are for effective school operations. It is designed to help professional educators avoid expensive and time consuming lawsuits by taking effective preventive action. It is an especially valuable resource for school law courses and staff development sessions.
The eighth edition begins with a review of the legal structure of the Texas school system. As Chapter 1 notes, education law is a complex interweaving of state and federal constitutional, statutory, administrative, and judicial law. It is important to understand the nature of the system before reading other sections.
Successive chapters address attendance and the instructional program, the education of children with special needs, employment and personnel, expression and associational rights, the role of religion in public schools, student discipline, open meetings and records, privacy, search and seizure, and legal liability under both federal and Texas law. In addition to state law, the book addresses the role of the federal government in school operation through such major federal legislation as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Statute and case references are kept as simple as possible, and a complete index of case citations is included for those readers who wish to consult the cases themselves. The appendices describe how case law is reported and where to find it, along with a glossary of legal terms and a listing of other sources on Texas school law.
The Student Version includes the materials from the full fifth edition that most relate to student interests and are most suitable for classroom instruction.
For example:The evolution of higher education law and governance Legal planning and dispute resolution The relationship between law and policy Faculty and staff employment issues, including collective bargaining Academic freedom for faculty and students Copyright basics The contract rights of students Legal issues in online education The rights of students and faculty with disabilities Campus issues: safety, registered sex offenders, racial and sexual harassment, student suicide, campus computer networks, searches of students’ residence hall rooms Hate speech and freedom of speech, including the rights of faculty and students in public universities Student organizations’ rights, responsibilities, and activities fees Governmental support for religious institutions and religious autonomy rights of individuals in public institutions Nondiscrimination and affirmative action in employment, admissions, and financial aid Athletics and Title IX FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Each chapter is introduced with an overview of key terms and ideas the students will encounter. In addition, the book includes a general introduction to the study of higher education law, a glossary of key legal terms, and appendices for non-law students on the American court system and on how to read court opinions.
The authors have also prepared a volume of teaching materials keyed to the Student Version, available from the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). In addition, the authors will periodically update the Student Version by posting recent developments on a Web site hosted by NACUA.