Education

Education

Keith has argued in the High Court and at SENDIST appeals for suitable education provision for children with special educational needs and, in particular, autism and Asperger Syndrome. 

He represents before appeal tribunals and local council appeals such as school admissions and exclusions. In 2018 he won a school transport appeal for a disabled child who was being denied council transport because he was turning 16 years old. Keith also successfully pursued a Judicial Review challenged against a council’s refusal to provide post-16 school transport for a child with autism. The council has ditched its policy, at least for now.

He has acted for parents in criminal prosecutions for failing to ensure their children attend school and took one case to the Administrative Court arguing that a parent of a child who had attempted suicide due to bullying should not be prosecuted for not forcing her child to attend school.

Keith acted for a teacher in the Employment Tribunal in a case that was prominent in local and national media. He doggedly pursued this case for ‘Miss Rusty’ concerning her book ‘Stop! Don’t Read This!’ which she wrote with some children who would almost certainly have been expelled had it not been for her dedication to support them. Keith took the case to a successful appeal to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (Rustamova v The Governing Body of Calder High School UKEAT/0284/11/ZT), back to the Employment Tribunal, and back again to the Employment Appeals Tribunal when it finally concluded, sadly without success.