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Dealing with school complaints

Relevance: 93%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

As a school you may from time to time receive complaints. It is always important to address these in a timely manner with as little disruption to the child’s education as possible. As part of this an effort should be made to reduce as much animosity as possible between the school and the complainant.

Dealing with school complaints

Relevance: 93%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

As a school you may from time to time receive complaints. It is always important to address these in a timely manner with as little disruption to the child’s education as possible. As part of this an effort should be made to reduce as much animosity as possible between the school and the complainant.

Complaints to schools

Relevance: 93%      Posted on: 11th June 2015

This how to guide sets out the steps that you can take to make a complaint against a school or teacher and how to escalate this matter further.

Understanding school transport

Relevance: 87%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on free school transport to children and young people.

Understanding school transport

Relevance: 87%      Posted on: 30th May 2016

This page provides information on free school transport to children and young people.

Police powers of protection & Emergency protection orders

Relevance: 86%      Posted on: 8th March 2018

This information page will set out the law surrounding Police protection and Emergency Protection Orders which are options available to use in an emergency when a child is at risk of imminent harm. Please see the table below to find out further information.  Police protection powers/Emergency protection orders  The table below is divided into two columns - Police protection powers and Emergency protection orders. The table includes the following information: Definition Legislative context Timescales Who is able to apply? What are the effects of such powers/orders? What are the duties on the responsible authority?  Police protection powers Emergency protection orders…

Education for children out of school

Relevance: 77%      Posted on: 26th June 2015

This page provides information on the duties of schools and Local Authorities to provide education for children out of school because of exclusion, illness or other reasons.

Complaints to schools

Relevance: 76%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page provides information on the duties of schools and Local Authorities to deal with complaints against a school or teacher and how the complaint can be escalated to higher authorities.

Education for looked after children

Relevance: 70%      Posted on: 19th January 2018

The Children Act 1989 places a legal duty on Local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked after children. This duty extends to promoting the child’s educational achievement and this information page will seek to explore the specific duties placed on Local Authorities in relation to the education of a looked after child. 

Education of children outside of their chronological age group

Relevance: 68%      Posted on: 13th June 2019

This information page provides information on the education of children outside of their chronological age group. This will include the rules governing education outside of chronological age group for admission to school and for children already on the school roll.  Introduction Department for Education guidance states the following on this topic:  ''The government would agree that, in general, children should be educated in their normal age group, with the curriculum differentiated as appropriate, and that they should only be educated out of their normal age group in very limited circumstances.'' The most discernible example of a ''limited circumstance'' is admission…

Young carers

Relevance: 66%      Posted on: 22nd June 2015

This page explains the duties of the local authority to assess and provide support to young people who care for family members.

Transport

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: 24th June 2015

This page provides information on the duties of local authorities to provide free school transport to children and young people.

School security and banning parents from school premises

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page explains the law on barring a parent from entering the premises of a school including how a parent can make representations about this and the consequences of breaching a bar.

School security and banning parents from school premises

Relevance: 62%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page explains the law on barring a parent from entering the premises of a school including how a parent can make representations about this and the consequences of breaching a bar.

Complaints to Independent Schools

Relevance: 57%      Posted on: 7th September 2015

What is the complaints procedure for a complaint against an Independent School? Under the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010, Schedule 1, Part 7, paragraph 25, independent schools are required to publish a written complaints procedure which parents can request. Independent schools can have their own complaints procedure. The school's complaints policy should set out clear timescales for the complaint, allow for a complaint to be made and considered initially on an informal basis, establish a procedure for complaints to be made in writing and make provision for a hearing before a panel. Before making a complaint to the school,…

Register and re-register a child’s birth

Relevance: 57%      Posted on: 14th August 2018

General Information Parents of a new-born child are legally required to register the child's birth in order to obtain a birth certificate and give him/her an official identity.  A child's birth must be registered within 42 days of his or her date of birth and the birth should be registered at the local register office for the area where the child was born.  Further information can be found here: www.gov.uk/register-birth Married parents Either parent can register the birth if they were married to each other at the time of the child's birth. The birth certificate will include both parent's details. …

Preventing and tackling bullying

Relevance: 52%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information on the duties of schools and local authorities to prevent and tackle bullying in schools.

Preventing and tackling bullying

Relevance: 52%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on the powers of schools to discipline their students for example the use of detention, seclusion or isolation, searching and screening students and reasonable use of force.

Arranging managed moves

Relevance: 52%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information and advice on best practice for arranging a managed move for a pupil.

Arranging managed moves

Relevance: 52%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information and advice on best practice for arranging a managed move for a pupil.

Home education

Relevance: 48%      Posted on: 26th June 2015

This page provides information on the procedure and requirements for home educating children.

Section 20 accommodation

Relevance: 47%      Posted on: 12th June 2015

This page provides information on the duties of the Local Authority to provide accommodation to children under the age of 16. It includes information of how the Local Authority will assess a child and the types of accommodation that can be provided.

Children’s services referral and assessment

Relevance: 47%      Posted on: 24th June 2015

This page explains the duties of Children's Services once a child protection referral is made. It describes the assessment process and timescales and explains possible outcomes of a child protection investigation.

Banning parents from school premises

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: 6th November 2015

This page explains the law on barring a parent from entering the premises of a school including how a parent can make representations about this and the consequences of breaching a bar.

Supporting children with medical needs in schools

Relevance: 42%      Posted on: 16th December 2015

This page provides information on the duties of schools to support children and young adults with medical needs. It explains the law on illness-related absences, administering medicine within school and individual healthcare plans.

School Admissions FAQ

Relevance: 42%      Posted on: 19th February 2016

This page provides answers to FAQ's surrounding admissions for both primary and secondary schools

Special Educational Needs

Relevance: 41%      Posted on: 26th August 2015

This page provides information on the duties of schools and local authorities to assess, identify and provide for a child’s special educational needs within school.

Dealing with exclusions

Relevance: 40%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information about when a child can be excluded and the obligations of the school.

Dealing with exclusions

Relevance: 40%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information about when a child can be excluded and the obligations of the school.

Safeguarding children in school

Relevance: 39%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page explains the duties placed upon schools to safeguard and protect children. It explains the law on child abuse, giving examples of different forms of abuse and what teachers should look out for.

Safeguarding children in school

Relevance: 39%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page explains the duties placed upon schools to safeguard and protect children. It explains the law on child abuse, giving examples of different forms of abuse and what teachers should look out for.

Sexting

Relevance: 39%      Posted on: 9th September 2016

This page provides information on the law relating to child sexting or sharing indecent images or texts of children and contains advice on what to do if your child has been involved in sexting.

Managed Moves

Relevance: 39%      Posted on: 23rd December 2015

This page explains the circumstances in which a school can agree with a pupil and their parents/carers for the pupil to move schools or change their educational programme. It explains what this will involve and what might be included in a managed move agreement.

Complaints to Academy Schools

Relevance: 36%      Posted on: 7th September 2015

What is the complaints procedure for a complaint against an Academy School? The government has issued Departmental Advice on making a complaint against an Academy entitled "Procedure for dealing with complaints about academies".  The Education & Skills Funding Agency is under an obligation to ensure that Academies stick to their contract with them, which is called an Education Funding Agreement. Below you will find a flowchart explaining the procedure for a complaint against an Academy school. Complaint against an Academy school - Flowchart open Request a copy of the School’s Complaints Policy and other relevant policies and take note of what this…

Participation of young people in education, employment or training

Relevance: 34%      Posted on: 31st May 2017

This page provides information on the law surrounding the participation of young people (16-18) in education, employment or training, including the various options available to ensure participation and the legal responsibilities of the Local Authority to encourage participation.

Dealing with school attendance and absence

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information on the law of attendance and the steps schools and Local Authorities can take in relation to absence.

Dealing with school attendance and absence

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on the law of attendance and the steps schools and Local Authorities can take in relation to absence.

Providing education for children out of school

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information on your duties as a school and on local authorities to provide education for children who are out of school because of exclusion, illness or other reasons.

Providing education for children out of school

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on your duties as a school and on local authorities to provide education for children who are out of school because of exclusion, illness or other reasons.

Access to information

Relevance: 31%      Posted on: 10th July 2017

This page provides information on the right of access to information about a child in relation to their education records, medical records and children's services records. 

School exclusion

Relevance: 31%      Posted on: 15th July 2015

This page provides information about when a child can be excluded and the obligations of the school to review an exclusion and the right to appeal an exclusion.

Services for children leaving care

Relevance: 30%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page explains the duties of the Local Authority to provide services and support for children who have been looked after once they reach the age of 16.

Charging for school activities

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: 5th October 2017

Sections 449-462 of the Education Act 1996 govern the law on "charging for school activities". This applies to all maintained schools, academies and local authorities. This information page will cover what schools are able to charge for, what they are unable to charge for and also related areas such as optional extras and voluntary contributions. 

School admissions

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: 5th August 2015

This page explains the legal definition of child abuse and the obligations of Children’s Services to investigate child protection concerns. It explains the different steps that Children’s Services can take to protect a child.

Residence

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: 23rd July 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to have a child live with you including how to apply to court for a Child Arrangements Order for residence.

Adoption (non-agency)

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: 17th August 2018

This page explains the legal process of non-agency adoption which involves placements that have not been arranged by a local authority or registered adoption agency. It explains who can adopt a child, what is process in order to apply for non-agency adoption and post-adoption contact.  What is non-agency adoption Non-agency adoption is the name given to adoption applications which involve a child who has not been placed with the prospective adopter by an adoption agency.  The principal categories of non-agency adoption are: Step-parent adoption (application by the partner of the parent of a child) Applications by local authority foster carers Applications…

Understanding the obligations of Children’s Services

Relevance: 23%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page explains the duties of Children’s Services to act once a child protection referral is made. It explains the different investigations that can take place and the possible courses of action as a school you may need to be aware of.

Understanding the obligations of Children’s Services

Relevance: 23%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page explains the duties of Children’s Services to act once a child protection referral is made. It explains the different investigations that can take place and the possible courses of action as a school you may need to be aware of.

Managing behaviour in school

Relevance: 23%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information on the powers of schools to discipline their students for example the use of detention, seclusion or isolation, searching and screening students and reasonable use of force.

Managing behaviour in school

Relevance: 23%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on the powers of schools to discipline their students for example the use of detention, seclusion or isolation, searching and screening students and reasonable use of force.

Special Guardianship Order

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to become a Special Guardian for a child as well as how to discharge or vary a Special Guardianship Order.

School attendance and absence

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: 26th June 2015

This page provides information about the law on school attendance and the powers of the local authority in enforcing school attendance.

School exclusion

Relevance: 21%      Posted on: 15th July 2015

It is difficult to know what you can do when your child is excluded from school. This guide is here to help you understand your options if this does happen For the next few months we are asking parents of children who have been excluded to take part in a short survey about their experience of the exclusion process. This will help us feed into the government's review of school exclusions. If you would like to help us please click here   This guide applies to the following educational establishments in England: All maintained schools Community Foundation Voluntary Aided Voluntary Controlled Sixth…

Radicalisation in schools and The Prevent Duty

Relevance: 21%      Posted on: 8th February 2016

This page provides information on the Prevent Duty placed on schools to safeguard pupils from radicalisation and being drawn into terrorism. It includes government definitions on terrorism, radicalisation and extremism and explains the obligations of schools to assess risk, train staff, educate pupils and refer to the Channel programme when there is a need for intervention.

Disability discrimination in education

Relevance: 19%      Posted on: 11th June 2015

This page provides information on what constitutes disability discrimination and explains the duties of education providers not to discriminate against pupils on grounds of disability.

Parental responsibility

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you an unmarried father or step parent can take to get Parental Responsibility for a child including how to apply to remove Parental Responsibility.

Providing for Special Educational Needs

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on the duties of schools and local authorities to assess, identify and provide for a child’s special educational needs within school.

Providing for Special Educational Needs

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information on the duties of schools and local authorities to assess, identify and provide for a child’s special educational needs within school.

Bullying

Relevance: 17%      Posted on: 9th June 2015

Bullying is a difficult experience for both pupils and their parents. It's important to know what steps you can take in these circumstances.

Complaints to Maintained Schools

Relevance: 15%      Posted on: 7th September 2015

What is the complaints procedure for a complaint against a maintained school?  Under section 39 Education Act 2002, a 'maintained school' means "a community, foundation or voluntary school, a community or foundation special school or a maintained nursery school". Every maintained school and maintained nursery must have a published written complaints procedure (section 29 Education Act 2002). The government has also issued Departmental Advice called "Best Practice Advice for School Complaints Procedures 2016", to help schools and Local Authorities understand their obligations under the law. Below you will find a flowchart explaining the procedure for a complaint against a maintained school.…

Looked after children in schools

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information on looked after children and the obligations of schools in relation to looked after children.

Looked after children in schools

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on looked after children and the obligations of schools in relation to looked after children.