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As an educator or adviser working within or with a private or independent school, you know that many of the laws applicable to publicly funded educational institutions don’t apply to you, and yet, you face many of the same challenges, plus more. It is critical that you have a clear understanding of the laws that govern you and the best practices that should guide your actions.

Developed in consultation with private & independent school operators/owners/associations as well as lawyers representing private & independent schools, this comprehensive day will look at the usual school law issues from this different perspective, while also addressing those issues unique to private and independent schools, including:

  • Who can enroll a student? Do both parents need to be on the contract? What happens when families separate/divorce and there are no rulings on paper about custody?
  • Admissions requirements – can it be refused when there is no entrance exam?
  • Collecting tuition – can report cards/transcripts be held back when tuition is outstanding?
  • What are the laws around ending a contract or expelling a student?
  • The rights of non-custodial parents
  • Fundraising – what are the applicable laws?
  • Duty to accommodate special needs students – what’s the standard?
  • Field trips & incident reports – what permission forms are required? Best practices?



  • Eric Roher, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Nadia Adragna, Principal, Monsignor Fraser College, St. Martin Campus; Principal, Safe Schools Department, Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Bruce Hutchison, Genest Murray LLP
  • Kimberley Ishmael, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Brock B. Jones, Counsel, Crown Law Office (Criminal, Ministry of Attorney General of Ontario)
  • Jessica Koper, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Nick Kovacs, Head of Upper School at Crescent School
  • Amanda E. Lawrence-Patel, Hicks Morley
  • Dr. Jonathan Levy, Head of School, TanenbaumCHAT
  • Nicola Simmons, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Nadya Tymochenko, Miller Thomson LLP


Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


The video stream, including link to program materials will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
November 7, 2018
Fee per Delegate

$545 plus HST


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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Private and Independent School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners

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This program is an elective towards The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law.

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