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Frequently Asked Questions

My child has special educational needs but I don’t want my child to be educated in a special school. Can I demand this as my right as the parent?

As a parent, you have a right to express a preference as to what type of school your child should attend particularly if your child has special educational needs.

My child has been excluded from a private school. Can I appeal against that decision?

Yes, although private schools are not subject to the Education Acts, they are subject to their own policies and procedures. The school must provide for an appeal against the exclusion.

I didn’t get my child into the school of my choice. What can I do?

You can appeal to the Admissions Appeal Panel of that school.

What can I do if I think my child has learning difficulties?

You can request that the Local Authority refers your child for a statutory assessment in accordance with the Education Act 1996 as amended and supporting Education (Special Educational Needs) (England) (Consolidation) Regulations 2001.

Can I appeal against my child’s exclusion?

Yes, it will however depend whether the exclusion is for a fixed term exclusion or permanent. If it is for a fixed term exclusion, you must appeal to the Governing Body and if it is permanent, you must appeal to the Governing Body first and then to the Independent Review Panel. 

The school sent my child home without giving reasons and I am not sure how long he should remain at home. Is this right?

No. This can be considered as an unlawful exclusion. A head teacher must exclude a child formally by using the correct procedures. They cannot just send a child home without reasons. This would be subject to challenge as it would be considered an informal and illegal exclusion.

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