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Top 5 Most Read Blogs of 2017

Top 5 Most Read Blogs of 2017
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.

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I believe that my child has been excluded from school in the heat of the moment without appropriate reflection from the headteacher. Is there anything I can do?

I believe that my child has been excluded from school in the heat of the moment without appropriate reflection from the headteacher. Is there anything I can do?
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.

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What action can you take if your child is being bullied?

What action can you take if your child is being bullied?
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.

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Birmingham Faith School Found Guilty of Sex Discrimination

Birmingham Faith School Found Guilty of Sex Discrimination
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.

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Everything you need to know ahead of the secondary school admissions deadline

Everything you need to know ahead of the secondary school admissions deadline
Applying for a place at a secondary school can be a very stressful time for parents - particularly if they have a specific school in mind. Applications begin a year before children are set to start school, at the start of the autumn term, and the deadline is now upon us - October 31st.

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Match Solicitors' Chris Barnett Quoted in The Times

Match Solicitors' Chris Barnett Quoted in The Times
One of our associate solicitors, Chris Barnett was recently quoted in The Times, in an article discussing how parents are now utilising the law in order to fight on behalf of their children.

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My child has been permanently excluded from their independent school. We would rather have the option of withdrawing them so that their record isn't blemished. What can we do?

My child has been permanently excluded from their independent school. We would rather have the option of withdrawing them so that their record isn't blemished. What can we do?
Being permanently excluded from an independent school can stay as a permanent mark on your child's academic record. Due to the fact that independent schools are different to state schools and have more flexibility in respect of how they manage their processes and procedures; parents of children who attend such schools often feel particularly vulnerable when disputes arise.

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My child with special needs would be better served at a specialist residential school but the Local Authority are refusing to pay. What can I do?

My child with special needs would be better served at a specialist residential school but the Local Authority are refusing to pay. What can I do?
If it isn't possible to educate a child within a mainstream school because of their disability or special needs, then a formal assessment should be made by the Local Authority, who should then provide an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), outlining specifically what special assistance your child needs and whether he or she would be best served in a mainstream or in a specialist residential school.

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My child was refused an EHCP last year but I believe they should be reassessed. What action can I take?

My child was refused an EHCP last year but I believe they should be reassessed. What action can I take?
SENDIST is where a Panel considers appeals against Local Authority decisions concerning the special educational needs of a child/young person as assess a child’s educational, health and care needs; reassessing their special educational needs; maintaining the EHCP.

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I have been advised that I need to participate in mediation before lodging a SEND appeal. Is this necessary?

I have been advised that I need to participate in mediation before lodging a SEND appeal. Is this necessary?
The process of mediation entails you meeting with your Local Authority for an open informal discussion facilitated by a legally trained and fully qualified mediator. Being wholly independent, the mediator is not there to recommend any course of action to either of the parties involved. Rather, the process requires that both parties come to an agreement independently.

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