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I have withdrawn my child from their independent school because I believe they are failing to provide the quality of education I expect. They are now demanding fees. Is there anything I can do?

I have withdrawn my child from their independent school because I believe they are failing to provide the quality of education I expect. They are now demanding fees. Is there anything I can do?
When parents enter into a dispute with independent schools, they often feel especially vulnerable, imagining that they have no legal protection. Thankfully, this is not true and independent schools must still adhere to the rules of fairness, the Independent Schools Regulations and if they breach their procedures, you could have a claim for breach of contract.

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My child has not been accepted into our first choice of secondary school. I don't believe that the school's admissions arrangements have been correctly adhered to. What can I do?

My child has not been accepted into our first choice of secondary school. I don't believe that the school's admissions arrangements have been correctly adhered to. What can I do?
If your child has not been accepted into your first choice of secondary school and you believe that the school's admission arrangements have not been properly followed, you have the right to appeal.

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Special needs teaching assistants, amongst others, lose out to education cuts

Special needs teaching assistants, amongst others, lose out to education cuts
Funding cuts in education continue to have far-reaching effects in schools across the UK. Special needs teaching is sadly not exempt from these enforced belt-tightening measures, and lack of funding has meant less support for pupils and students with special educational needs right across the country.

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Is poor behaviour in schools taken seriously enough?

Is poor behaviour in schools taken seriously enough?
In a report entitled "Creating a Culture: How school leaders can optimise behaviour", Tom Bennett wrote that enough evidence is available to suggest that the problem of bad behaviour in schools throughout the UK should be of national concern.

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Match Solicitors introduce Legal Matter magazine

Match Solicitors introduce Legal Matter magazine
Match Solicitors are proud to introduce Legal Matters magazine produced in conjunction with Asian Voice.

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Is your child being adversely affected by high-pressure primary school testing?

Is your child being adversely affected by high-pressure primary school testing?
While some children remain unaffected by the introduction of the tests, the Key survey discovered that the incidence of anxiety, stress and actual panic attacks had increased in 78% of primary schools.

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What can be done if your child is hurt during a school trip?

What can be done if your child is hurt during a school trip?
Even today it is not unusual for schools to mistakenly believe that when outsourcing the organisation of events and activities to third parties, they are no longer responsible for the supervision or safety of its pupils. In reality, the opposite is true.

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National Offer Day for Primary Schools 2017 – Top 10 tips if you don’t get your first choice

National Offer Day for Primary Schools 2017 – Top 10 tips if you don’t get your first choice
If you don’t get the answer you want on National Offer Day, then take a look at our article to read our top 10 tips on what to do if you feel your child has been unfairly denied a place at your first choice school.

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Supreme Court backs local authority over term-time holidays

Supreme Court backs local authority over term-time holidays
The Supreme Court have chosen to back Isle of Wight Council after a father challenged a fine he was given for taking his daughter on holiday during term-time. This story hit the headlines when Jon Platt won previous legal battles against the fine, but now the Supreme Court has decided to rule against him

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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?

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 your child learns in is just one of a number of important factors which can affect your child's overall development. If you're concerned that a violent pupil could be putting your child at risk and you feel the school are not doing enough to remedy the situation, there are procedures in place for you to make a formal complaint.

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