This year, we’ve represented clients across all areas of education law and have offered our expertise around the globe via our blogs. We take feedback over social media as to what we should write about and are pleased to announce our top 5 most-read blogs of 2016.
As an international student at a UK university, you have exactly the same public law rights as any home student and your overseas status should make absolutely no difference to the way you are treated by your university.
If you don't believe that your child's school is making reasonable adjustments to deal with their special needs or disabilities, then you do have a legal right to challenge them on this. As laid out in the Equality Act 2010, every educational institution has the duty "to take such steps as is reasonable" in order to "avoid substantial disadvantage" to any disabled pupil or student.
There has been a noted rise in the number of racist abuse and attacks, since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June of this year. Every university and higher education institution has a legal duty to respond to instances of racial discrimination, adearing to their own individual policies and procedures to deal with the issue.
Our clients approached us further to issues they had been experiencing with their son’s independent school. Our clients had sent their son to a prestigious independent boarding school in the UK to gain his qualifications and to improve his English language skills.
Our client was a PhD student who had passed her PhD with minor corrections at a reputable University. The University did not send her notification of the outcome of the oral viva examination and due to personal circumstances, our client was unable to chase for this.
Our client came to us as a result of a failed placement year on a professional skills course which was government funded. Our client had failed on this course due to mitigating circumstances and a disability which had not yet been fully diagnosed or disclosed to the University.
Our client made an application via the UCAS system for places at universities. Our client failed to place on his application form various results for examinations which he had retaken and performed better. Our client had only added the better mark. UCAS argued against this and due to the time it took to deal with the issue, cancelled his registration.
Our client came to us a second time, having won his previous case against the University, which involved allegations of plagiarism and failure to make reasonable adjustments to the exam process due to his disability. Following a second allegation of plagiarism on the same essays our client, again, came to us for assistance.
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.