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:
I’ve been accused of plagiarism. How do I defend myself?
Plagiarism is taken very seriously by colleges and universities and if a student is found to be passing someone else’s work off as their own then there can be serious consequences for the student. These consequences could include expulsion from the course and often end up being life-changing for the student. We explored the issue of plagiarism in our blog, in addition to discussing how Match Solicitors can defend you in front of an Academic Misconduct Panel.
My child's school refuses to exclude a violent pupil and as a parent I believe my child and others are at risk. What can I and other parents do?
The environment in which your child is expected to learn is just as important as the education they receive, and both are enormously important factors when it comes to your child's overall development. As a parent or guardian, you need to know that the school your child attends is a safe place. But of course, even with the best will in the world, there will always be some pupils who struggle to maintain these standards. In this blog we discuss the range of sanctions that schools can impose upon pupils who misbehave.
A disruptive pupil in my child's class is causing problems and stopping my child and others from learning. What can I do?
When the overall standard of a school is high, children feel safe and settled and are able to learn well. Unfortunately, when the standard of behaviour is poor - and the overall standard can sometimes be affected by the actions of just one particularly disruptive pupil - then the whole class can suffer. All schools promote and reward good behaviour, encouraging their pupils to nurture self-discipline and respect for others, but some pupils struggle in this regard and complaining about this issue is what we examine within this blog.
I know somebody copied my university assignment, should I keep quiet or mention it to someone?
Cases of plagiarism are taken extremely seriously by universities, colleges and institutions of higher education. You should never let anyone copy from work that you’ve produced, irrespective of how close a friend they might be. If you are caught out then there’s every chance you will be penalised just as seriously as the person who copied from you and this could lead to a number of negative things happening. In this blog we deliver advice on what to do if you believe that somebody has copied you without your consent.
My child's disability means they need extra time to sit their exams. What is an application for Access Arrangement?
Any learner with special educational needs or temporary injuries or disabilities can apply for Access Arrangements to enable them to access the examination without the demands of the assessment changing. Common access arrangements include the possibility of extra time or the provision of a reading or writing assistant. This blog discusses how to apply for access arrangement, in addition to the difficulties that can arise when you do.
We have had some great achievements in 2017 and we’re looking forward to seeing what 2018 will bring.
We wish our clients and blog readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.