With education forming a key plank of the manifestos of all three main political parties, and cuts in funding likely whoever wins the election, lawyers should brace themselves for a further raft of reform. Stephen Hart and Andrea Squires report

Education law practitioners share the challenges and frustrations of their clients over the volume of regulations and legislation which burden schools, colleges and universities. In the 13 years since the decisive general election of 1997, there have been eight Acts of Parliament affecting educational institutions, countless statutory instruments governing everything from admissions, pupil referrals, the standards of school premises and transport policies, and tertiary legislation in the form of codes of practice covering areas such as special educational needs and admissions. At least three quasi-judicial bodies have been set up – the Special Educational Needs Tribunals, the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator and the Office of the Indep...

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