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We have been accused of falsifying our child's primary school application to obtain admittance. This is not true. What action can we take?

We have been accused of falsifying our child's primary school application to obtain admittance. This is not true. What action can we take?
According to the most recent figures available, almost half of Local Authorities have reported concerns over fraudulent primary school applications. While there is certainly an issue with some parents giving false information in order to have their child accepted by the school of their choice, it is also the case that some parents are falsely accused.

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An EHCP has been implemented for my child but I don't believe that the school is adhering to it appropriately. What can I do?

An EHCP has been implemented for my child but I don't believe that the school is adhering to it appropriately. What can I do?
An EHCP is a legally binding agreement between the Local Authority and the child or young person with special educational needs. If you feel that your child's school is not doing enough to adhere to the recommendations contained in their EHCP, there are ways to improve this situation.

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I am a teacher and have received online threats from a pupil's parents. What can I do?

I am a teacher and have received online threats from a pupil's parents. What can I do?
Cyberbullying is increasingly becoming an issue for teachers. Cyberbullying is serious, no matter who is the bully and the victim. Teachers are entitled to the same amount of protection under the law as pupils.

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Top 10 Tips on what to do if National Offer Day for secondary school places lets you down

Top 10 Tips on what to do if National Offer Day for secondary school places lets you down
Each year the parents of more than half a million children in England wait to be told whether or not their children have been accepted by their first choice of secondary school. If you're not one of the lucky ones who got their first choice of school for your child, take a look at our list of the top 10 things to do if you think you might want to make an appeal.

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I need to make an infant class size appeal. What do I need to do?

I need to make an infant class size appeal. What do I need to do?
Although the law states that an infant class in the UK must not exceed 30 children, there are a number of circumstances in which additional pupils may be included in a class and classed as 'exceptions'. The Government has made a list of the specific circumstances in which a child might be categorised as an exception.

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A disruptive pupil in my child's class is causing problems and stopping my child and others from learning. What can I do?

A disruptive pupil in my child's class is causing problems and stopping my child and others from learning. What can I do?
If your child's education is being consistently disrupted by another child and you feel the school is not doing enough to rectify the situation, you do have the right to complain. Ideally, any complaint you have with your child's school can be rectified by an informal discussion. If not, you will need to refer to the school's formal complaints procedure.

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How do I prepare for a SEND appeal?

How do I prepare for a SEND appeal?
Every child and young person with special educational needs has the right to full-time education that facilitates their needs and/ or disability. If a formal assessment is required, your Local Authority will then decide whether to issue an EHCP. In cases where the Local Authority decides against conducting an assessment or, having conducted an assessment then decides not to grant an EHCP, one has the right to appeal this decision.

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My child is in a private school but I'm not satisfied with the support they are receiving for their special needs. What can I do?

My child is in a private school but I'm not satisfied with the support they are receiving for their special needs. What can I do?
As stipulated in the Equality Act, every UK educational institution is obliged to take any reasonable steps to "avoid substantial disadvantage" to any pupil or student with special needs or disabilities. If you believe that your child's school isn't adequately supporting their special needs, you have the option of launching a legal challenge.

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My child is suffering with stress from online bullying. Can anything be done?

My child is suffering with stress from online bullying. Can anything be done?
Online or cyber bullying is a relatively recent phenomenon and one which is sadly on the increase. If your child is a victim of online bullying, there are procedures in place to deal with these issues. All state schools in the UK are legally obliged to have an official policy preventing all types of bullying, as well as adhering to broader anti-discrimination laws.

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I want to escalate my complaint about my child’s school to the Secretary of State. How do I do this?

I want to escalate my complaint about my child’s school to the Secretary of State. How do I do this?
If you're not happy with how your complaint about your child's school was handled by your Local Authority, you may wish to involve the Secretary of State for Education. To do this, you can either write to the Secretary of State for Education at the Department for Children, Schools and Families directly, or forward your complaint through your local MP.

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