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I failed my viva voce examination but I believe that much of this is because of poor supervision on my PhD. What can I do?

I failed my viva voce examination but I believe that much of this is because of poor supervision on my PhD. What can I do?
The specific relationship between you and your college or university will be described in the contract you have signed with your institution, including said institution's specific policies, procedures, rules and regulations. In all UK educational institutions, however, there are a number of situations that result in a breach of contract.

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My child was refused an EHCP last year but I believe they should be reassessed. What action can I take?

My child was refused an EHCP last year but I believe they should be reassessed. What action can I take?
SENDIST is where a Panel considers appeals against Local Authority decisions concerning the special educational needs of a child/young person as assess a child’s educational, health and care needs; reassessing their special educational needs; maintaining the EHCP.

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I want to make a judicial review against the OIA. What's involved in doing this?

I want to make a judicial review against the OIA. What's involved in doing this?
Where students do not agree with the OIA's decision regarding their complaint and still don't feel that it's been satisfactorily dealt with, they can turn to the court, which has supervisory authority over the OIA's decisions. This challenge, generally will be against the decision of the OIA and the way in which the OIA made its decision.

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My GCSE grades were not as good as I'd hoped. Can I challenge them?

My GCSE grades were not as good as I'd hoped. Can I challenge them?
If your GCSE grades are not good enough to enable you to study for your A Levels next year, you might be feeling very concerned about the impact your results might have on your future. If you feel that your GCSE results are in some way inaccurate or unfair, you should follow the official appeals procedure and make sure that your concerns are addressed.

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Your A Level results are a disappointment — is there anything you can do about it?

Your A Level results are a disappointment — is there anything you can do about it?
If you are one of those unfortunate enough not to have achieved the grades you required, the plans you had for the career you were hoping to pursue may feel as though they are placed in serious jeopardy.

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My child is receiving online threats and threatening text messages from other pupils. What can the school do to stop this?

My child is receiving online threats and threatening text messages from other pupils. What can the school do to stop this?
Online threats or threatening text messages are a form of bullying and some (but not all) forms of bullying are illegal. Bullying is generally understood to involve behaviour that occurs more than once; where the perpetrator has the intention to cause psychological or physical harm and which often seeks to target certain groups because of their race/religion/sexual orientation.

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My degree classification is being withheld by my university. What can I do?

My degree classification is being withheld by my university. What can I do?
Withholding degree results can have seriously damaging consequences for students and their careers, often ruining their chances of gaining employment. Therefore, it's extremely important that universities are challenged when applying academic sanctions.

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I have been advised that I need to participate in mediation before lodging a SEND appeal. Is this necessary?

I have been advised that I need to participate in mediation before lodging a SEND appeal. Is this necessary?
The process of mediation entails you meeting with your Local Authority for an open informal discussion facilitated by a legally trained and fully qualified mediator. Being wholly independent, the mediator is not there to recommend any course of action to either of the parties involved. Rather, the process requires that both parties come to an agreement independently.

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I don't feel confident in representing myself at an Academic Appeal Panel Hearing. How can Match help?

I don't feel confident in representing myself at an Academic Appeal Panel Hearing. How can Match help?
At Match Solicitors, we have a vast amount of experience representing students at appeal hearings and we have a high success rate in achieving favourable results for them, overturning unfair decisions made against them and getting their academic career back on track.

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I have withdrawn my child from their independent school because I believe they are failing to provide the quality of education I expect. They are now demanding fees. Is there anything I can do?

I have withdrawn my child from their independent school because I believe they are failing to provide the quality of education I expect. They are now demanding fees. Is there anything I can do?
When parents enter into a dispute with independent schools, they often feel especially vulnerable, imagining that they have no legal protection. Thankfully, this is not true and independent schools must still adhere to the rules of fairness, the Independent Schools Regulations and if they breach their procedures, you could have a claim for breach of contract.

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