Exclusions from State Schools

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Exclusions from State Schools

Pupils can be excluded either on a fixed term or permanent basis from state schools for a number reasons.  Exclusions from schools are governed by guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Education and therefore, schools must follow that guidance carefully.  Any breach of the guidance can result in a formal legal challenge.

Please note: we are only able to take on cases on a privately paying basis. If you are unable to privately fund your case or you looking for general guidance on what actions you can take to protect you or your child’s education rights, you can refer to the Education section of the Citizens Advice website.

Should a child be excluded, parents have legal right to challenge an exclusion. However, this can be a complex, time-consuming process and leave many families feeling under supported or intimidated by the process as a whole.

Exclusions can only be imposed on disciplinary grounds. In order for an exclusion to be legally acceptable it must be carried out in a rational and lawful manner that is reasonable, fair, and proportionate to the offence.

If you feel that an exclusion has been imposed unfairly, parents and guardians are able to appeal to the school’s governing body.

Appealing against a permanent exclusion is first made to the governing body and thereafter to an Independent Review Panel (IRP).

Our expertise with education law

This makes it essential to secure the right legal support you need in a timely manner. Our team at IBB Law are highly specialised in dealing with exclusions from schools. With many years experience in the education law arena, representing parents in challenging exclusions from schools comes as second nature.

Our education law fees

We typically work on a fixed fee basis for the initial consultation and a cost estimate basis for any work you ask us to undertake after the initial consultation. The cost of our legal advice is agreed with you in advance. This ensures complete certainty and transparency over the cost of securing our help with your educational law issue.

The exact cost of our services will depend on the nature of your problem, including the amount of time and level of expertise needed to support you effectively. We will be happy to discuss this with you when you contact our team.

We offer a brief free initial phone consultation with our experts. Thereafter, we offer an initial consultation for a fixed fee to analyse your case and to advise on how we can help. This is your chance to ask any questions and find out whether you are likely to have a case for challenging academic failure. We can also discuss the costs involved in more detail at this time.

For more information on our education law pricing, please get in touch.

Get clear legal advice and support for any aspect of education law

The information given here is intended for general information purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

For specific guidance relevant to your situation, please contact our education law consultant Salima Mawji on 01895 207247 or email salima.mawji@ibblaw.co.uk.

If you want to learn more about our services or if you have additional questions about your situation, please contact us directly to discuss your case in confidence.