If your school of choice is refusing to admit your child and you feel that the school's decision has not been reached fairly, then it is your legal right to challenge that decision. Every UK school has a formal admissions policy that must be applied to every application.
The relationship between educational institutions and students is a contractual one and, as such the law that relates to consumer contracts can be applied to a university. If you genuinely feel your university is in breach of contract, you are well within your legal rights to mount a legal challenge.
The relationship between a Ph.D student and their supervisors is extremely important. If the relationship is dysfunctional, this can cause severe problems for the student involved. Unfortunately, many Ph.D students do not realise that they have rights when it comes to unfair treatment at the hands of their educators and supervisors.
One of the most common reasons why parents ask us to intervene in a dispute is when there has been an issue with their child's independent school, and they feel that they have been left with no choice other than to remove their child from that school. When this happens, independent schools often respond by deciding that the existing contract has been broken and demand the continued payment of school fees.
When you need to make a complaint against your university and all of your university's internal procedures have been exhausted, you must turn to the OIA. If you are then not satisfied with the OIA's decision, you have the right to challenge it and apply for a judicial review.
Consideration of third party mediation is compulsory before any appeal is made to a First-Tier Tribunal when a child or young person's SEND status is in dispute. Mediation is an informal meeting of two parties where they discuss their disagreement in the hope of reaching an agreement and avoiding an official tribunal.
We were recently instructed by a client who had missed out on a 2:1 degree classification by a small margin. It transpired that our client had mitigating circumstances for one of the examinations that he had sat, but he was advised that he could not submit mitigation at the time due to the University operating a ‘fit to sit’ policy.