High Court Quashes School’s Decision to Expel Pupil With Autism

The High Court has quashed a school’s decision to expel a teenage student with autism. The 16 years old boy had been expelled in November 2018 and this decision was appealed under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. The Department of Education committee upheld the decision of the school’s Board of Management and found […]

High Court Refuses Teacher’s Application to Halt Disciplinary Process

Are you a teacher? A recent decision of the High Court may be of interest to you as it involved a teacher commencing High Court legal proceedings as a consequence of being asked to attend a disciplinary hearing. Background The allegation against the teacher concerned her conduct towards school staff including the school Principal. The […]

High Court Application By Secondary School Student Over Disciplinary Fails

A secondary school student has had his High Court legal action thrown out by the Judge. The background is the student was suspended from a secondary school over the allegation that he had sold €20 worth of cannabis in the school. The student admitted using the cannabis which was found in his schoolbag on the […]

Bullied in Primary School-Special Needs Assistant Awarded €255,000

A special needs assistant has been awarded €255,000 in damages for a bullying at work claim. The High Court has held that the Board of Management of St Anne’s National School in the Curragh, Kildare undermined the employee’s dignity at work by its “severe” and “unmerited” treatment of her. The Judge described the school Principal’s […]

Board of Management’s Decision to Demote Principal and Appoint New One Quashed by the High Court

The decision of the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s National School in Valleymount, Wicklow  to demote its principal and appoint a new one has been overturned by the High Court. The Principal, Nora Kelly, who has 32 years’ service as teacher and has been principal of St. Josephs since 2007, firstly appealed the decision […]