Every child deserves the best education but unfortunately you may feel that your child is simply not getting the support that they need. Our team, headed by our senior partner Maria Monan can apply their experience to assist in relation to the following areas:
• Exclusions and suspensions;
• Serious complaints about how a school has handled a particular situation; and
• Judicial Reviews of decisions made by schools and colleges.
We can also help Schools, Colleges and Nurseries who are facing regulatory investigations or who require advice and assistance in relation to best practice and regulatory concerns and, can offer assistance to educational professionals who are facing regulatory or police investigations.
In relation to funding every case is different, and we can provide initial estimates, regular updates and work with you to tailor our service to ensure that the costs are suitable to your individual needs.
We can offer assistance with appeals or even Judicial Review after your child has been denied a place.
Exclusions and Suspensions following allegations
If your son or daughter has been suspended, excluded or simply been asked “not to return” to school or college following an allegation which is still under investigation, we may be able to assist.
Sadly families can be left waiting for the determination of a police enquiry for months, this is often very stressful, but inevitably the situation becomes more difficult to cope with if a school or college feel that a suspension, or exclusion is warranted simply because the young person is “suspected” of committing an offence but has not been charged with any allegation. Your child may vehemently deny the allegations but you will find that the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” does not feature at all when initial safeguarding decisions are being made.
Schools and colleges face particularly difficult decisions where the complainant and the alleged perpetrator of an offence attend the same establishment, needing to balance both the duty to safeguard and the right to educate. Families can easily feel overwhelmed when faced with having to try to wade through policy documents, guidance documents and risk assessments to ensure their voice is heard. We can help you ensure that your child’s rights are not simply brushed aside.
Serious complaints about how a school has handled a particular situation
Making any complaint can cause an individual concern and worry. We can assist with initial complaints, appeals and ultimately advise on Judicial reviews or court proceedings where serious issues remain unresolved.
Judicial Reviews of decisions made by schools and colleges
Ultimately decisions made by public bodies (this can include private schools) must be lawful, rational, reasonable, fair and proportionate. Where there is no legal basis to support a decision, or it is contrary to the legal framework it may be subject to legal challenge.