The education sector has been through many changes in recent years, and now, more than ever are schools, local authorities, and other institutions, having to deal with the many challenges associated with education reform and all of the practical and legal complexities that brings.
Like all public bodies, the decisions and policies of schools, local authorities and universities can be challenged by judicial review. We can represent you in bringing or defending a claim or if you are joined as an interested party. It is important to take legal advice as soon as possible because of the requirement to make any claim ‘promptly’ and in any event, within three months of the decision being challenged. Our experience includes cases concerning school transport, school admissions and exclusions, special educational needs funding, Ofsted inspections and examination standards.
Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA)
The OIA is the ombudsman for higher education and considers complaints from students about university services and their decisions when the university’s internal complaints or appeal procedure has been exhausted. When upholding a complaint, the OIA can recommend that universities put things right in a number of different ways, including payment of compensation and other types of monetary awards, making it an increasingly popular route for resolving student complaints. We can assist you in making the complaint and also advise you on other options available to you, including judicial review.
How we can help
We have expert knowledge in the field of education law and we can provide assistance and representation to parents, students and schools, in many areas.
We offer a range of funding options including fixed fees. For individuals, there may also be the option of legal aid which is still available for some cases. We will be happy to discuss the options with you.
If you would like more information, or just want a confidential chat about your options, contact our friendly team today.