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The Education Show 2015 - NEC Birmingham

We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at The Education Show 2015 from 19th-21st March at the NEC, Birmingham.  With over 10,000 educators attending and 400 exhibitors showcasing the very best products, services and training, this is an excellent opportunity to network with...

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General Election 2015: Education

With the number of policies and proposals being delivered daily through the media, it must only mean one thing: the General Election is coming. It is now less than 100 days to go until the UK electorate decides which party should govern the country and, as always, a major focus for debate is...

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Expert's Declarations

Civil Procedure Rules were first introduced in 1998 and have seen over 50 amendments since they came into effect, its latest as recently as last year. Experts in England & Wales are required to comply with strict rules about the content and format of their reports when providing expert evidence in the Civil, Criminal and...

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The Psychology of Love...

Unless you've been avoiding the shops, or possibly ignoring your other half (in which case make sure your read #5!), you will be well aware it’s Valentine’s Day this week.  Whether you love it or hate it, psychologists around the world have been attempting to understand love and attraction for hundreds of years and we...

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Closing your eyes can boost memory recall, study finds

A research team of psychologists at The University of Surrey have published results of a study into memory recall which provides new evidence to suggest that closing the eyes can assist a person to remember details of a crime more accurately.

The study, published in the Legal and Criminological Psychology journal, involved 178 people across two...

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The Data Protection Act 1988 & Registering with the ICO

The Data Protection Act 1998 requires every data controller (e.g. organisation, sole trader etc.) who is processing personal information to register with the Information Commission Office, unless they are exempt.  It applies to all businesses or individuals who hold personal data, regardless of size. Unless you are an individual who only holds domestic information,...

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Psychologists as Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts in England and Wales: Standards, Competencies and Expectations

Following the introduction of agreed minimum standards for experts reporting in Children’s proceedings in the Family Court, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Family Justice Council (FJC) last month issued a proposal for standards specifically focused on Psychologists. The guidance is designed to provide discipline specific information in relation to...

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Standards for Expert Witnesses in Children’s Proceedings in the family court

On October 1st 2014, following a consultation period between 16 May to 18 July 2013, new standards for experts working in family proceedings relating to children became law. These changes are part of a larger undertaking to reduce extensive delays in family proceedings and follow the new laws implemented in April 2014 which...

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Lord Faulks and the 'fundamental dishonesty' clause

Back in July of this year, Clause 45 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill was moved into The House of Lords despite strong opposition from the Labour party.  The clause essentially allows a court to strike out a claim if it is considered that the claimant has been found to be ‘fundamentally...

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Preparing for Change – Part 3 Children and Families Act & SEN Reforms

Background: On September 1st 2014 The Children and Families Act came into effect which has widely been described as the biggest reform to child legislation in over 30 years.  Statements of SEND (Special Education Needs or Disabilities) and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) will be replaced with a combined Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) which...

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