One intention of the SEN reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014 was to bring an end to the need for parents to ‘battle’ with Local Authorities for support for children with SEN. Last week, OFSTED’s Annual Report highlighted that, four years after the reforms came in, this remains an issue.
Monday 15 January 2018 is the deadline for primary school applications, so if you haven't already done so, you need to take action quickly. Your chances of getting the place you want for your child are greatly reduced if you miss the deadline.
2017 has been a fantastic year for Match Solicitors. In addition to being awarded Band 1 recognition within the 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners UK in November, we’ve represented clients across a variety of areas of education law and have delivered our expertise and advice to thousands of people via our blogs. We’ve taken your feedback from social media on board and we’re thrilled to present you with our top 5 most read blogs of 2017.
Government guidelines on excluding children from school in the UK clearly state that no child should be excluded in the heat of the moment, unless there is an immediate threat to someone's physical safety.
Chambers and Partners are highly respected throughout the industry for their comprehensive research and their in-depth objective analysis. With a team of more than 150 proficient researchers, they painstakingly identify, examine, research and rank law firms throughout the globe. To feature in their guide at all is an honour but to have three separate entries is a source of great pride for us.
Whilst there is no actual legal definition of bullying or indeed an anti-bullying Act, it’s usually defined as behaviour which is repeated and sustained over a period of time, is intended to hurt another individual emotionally or physically and often targeted at specific groups because of religion, race, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
The Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham is a mixed-sex school but from Year Five, the sexes are completely segregated during lessons, breaks, school trips and any club activities. In 2016, the school was declared inadequate by Ofsted, who said its policy of separating children was tantamount to discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. In November of 2016, however, the Ofsted inspectors were overruled in the High Court.
The reason there are two sets of fees in the first place is that UK universities are eligible for government funding to help support the cost of providing education to home students, but not for overseas students. Although the UK is preparing to leave the EU, for now, EU students are still categorised as 'home' students until the Government passes legislation which may then change this.
I wouldn’t hesitate to use your firm again in the future, and will also happily recommend you to others requiring help.
Mrs Shaistah Siddiq-Zeidan, Exeter
Match Solicitors were highly recommended to us not only for their undisputed comprehensive knowledge of the SEN legal minefield, but for their understanding of autism and other disorders and consequent compassionate work ethic. Their diligence and consummate professionalism ensured that the Local Authority were forced to take our son’s case seriously. It is almost impossible to articulate how grateful we are to Rishi and Anita for their hard work and dedication.
Mr & Mrs Williams, Hertfordshire
The service was first class and I was encouraged by the Solicitors sound knowledge of education law. Having a child with special needs is a challenge to any parent and the whole process of going to an educational tribunal can be quite daunting. Match Solicitors was able to get the job done professionally and to the highest standard and yet still retaining a very caring and human side which was very reassuring.