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.
We recently acted for a Teacher who was being pursued by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (“the NCTL”) after allegations were made against her concerning professional misconduct. Our client was accused of acting in a dishonest manner by proving incorrect information on her CV.
Our client was informed of an investigation against him alleging serious misconduct of a sexual nature, upon which he was invited to a Disciplinary Hearing at the University and faced permanent exclusion if he were to been found guilty of the offence. The complexity of this case was heightened further due to his diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and the fact that despite knowledge of this, the University refused to allow him to be legally represented during the proceedings.
We acted for the parent of a 14 year old girl who had an Education, Health and Care Plan. Her daughter had Cerebral Palsy, learning difficulties, and a visual impairment, resulting from a brain injury suffered as a baby. She had attended an independent special school for over 10 years but was due to leave the school as it only took children up to the age of 14. Our client requested that she move to a different independent special school but her Local Authority refused this, and named instead a maintained special school which our client did not consider would be suitable.
We were recently instructed by a client in relation to a challenge to the classification of his Masters degree. He had been awarded a Merit for the degree but had been assessed as missing out on a Distinction by a very small margin. We assisted in the preparation of an appeal against the decision and identified that it appeared that the University had not properly applied its regulations when determining what classification to award.
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.
I would be very willing to recommend Match Solicitors to anyone else needing a specialist education solicitor. They were thorough, knowledgeable, worked in a timely manner and were generally a pleasure to work with.
Mrs McMahon, Cambridge
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
I found the overall service extremely professional, knowledgeable, efficient and sensitive with regard to my matter. I felt Match always kept me informed and abreast of procedures with legal explanation wherever necessary. arose I would have no hesitation in approaching Match again and would have pleasure in recommending their services to anyone in need of professional educational assistance.