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Education for children out of school

Relevance: 100%      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.

Providing education for children out of school

Relevance: 99%      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

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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.

Safeguarding children in school

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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

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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.

School security and banning parents from school premises

Relevance: 80%      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: 80%      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.

School Admissions FAQ

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

Banning parents from school premises

Relevance: 56%      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.

Understanding school transport

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

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

Understanding school transport

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: 30th May 2016

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

Setting a school uniform policy

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This guide provides good practice examples for both maintained schools and academies.

Setting a school uniform policy

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This guide provides good practice examples for both maintained schools and academies.

Charging for school activities

Relevance: 54%      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. 

National Curriculum at Secondary School

Relevance: 54%      Posted on: 4th November 2016

This page provides information on the subjects that schools in England must teach in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and offers advice on what to do if you want to withdraw your child from certain subjects or examinations.

Discipline within school

Relevance: 54%      Posted on: 9th June 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.

Education of children outside of their chronological age group

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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…

Dealing with school attendance and absence

Relevance: 54%      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: 54%      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.

School Meals

Relevance: 54%      Posted on: 25th October 2017

This page provides advice on what the expected standards are in relation to food provided in schools in England, outlines the role of the Governing Body, and stipulates the legal requirements contained in legislation. 

Types of school

Relevance: 53%      Posted on: 29th May 2015

This page describes the different types of schools in the UK and how they are funded and managed. It explains the difference between maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools.

School attendance and absence

Relevance: 53%      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.

Education for looked after children

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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. 

Managing behaviour in school

Relevance: 52%      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: 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.

Dealing with school complaints

Relevance: 52%      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: 52%      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.

School admissions

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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.

Understanding your school’s Equality duties

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This page provides information on disability discrimination and aims to clarify the duties education professionals have in ensuring that children are not unfairly discriminated against in school.

Understanding your school’s Equality duties

Relevance: 51%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on disability discrimination and aims to clarify the duties education professionals have in ensuring that children are not unfairly discriminated against in school.

Supporting children with medical needs in schools

Relevance: 51%      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 powers to search and screen pupils

Relevance: 50%      Posted on: 11th April 2016

This page provides information on the powers of schools to screen and search pupils for prohibited items with and without their consent and the power to seize and confiscate items from pupils.

Looked after children in schools

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

Looked after children in schools

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

Understanding the obligations of Children’s Services

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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

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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.

School admission appeals

Relevance: 50%      Posted on: 5th August 2015

This 'how to guide' is designed to help parents explore their options and navigate their way through the school admissions appeals process for both infant class size appeals and standard class size appeals. Knowing where to turn and what options are available, can be very difficult for any parent wishing to secure their preferred school placement for their child. My child has not been offered a place at my preferred school, what are my options? Please note applications to schools is governed by The School Admissions Code 2014. The Code applies to all maintained schools and most Academies although it…

School exclusion

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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…

School exclusion

Relevance: 50%      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.

The law on smacking children

Relevance: 49%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page explains the law on smacking and physically disciplining children. It explains when this would amount to an offence and the possible defences to this.

Duties of Children’s Services

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Advocacy Care orders Child abuse Child in need  Children's services - referral, assessment and outcome Child Protection Conference & Plan Contact with a child in care Direct Payments Education for Looked After Children Homelessness (16/17 year olds) Home alone Locating a child Local Authorities' duties in relation to Looked After Children Police powers of protection & Emergency protection orders Public law care proceedings Section 20 Accommodation Services for children leaving care Supervision orders

Children’s services referral and assessment

Relevance: 46%      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.

Complaints against Children’s Services

Relevance: 46%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to make a complaint about the conduct or a decision of Children’s Services.

Services for children leaving care

Relevance: 45%      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.

Local Authorities’ duties in relation to Looked After Children

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This information page sets out the functions and responsibilities of local authorities under Part 3 of the Children Act 1989, which concerns the provision of local authority support for children and families. Specifically, this page will detail Local Authorities' duties in relation to care planning and placement decisions. 

Complaints to schools

Relevance: 16%      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

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Bullying Banning parents from school premises Charging for School Activities Complaints to schools Direct Payments Direction off-site for the improvement of behaviour Disability discrimination in education Discipline within school Discrimination in education Education for children out of school Education for looked after children Education of children outside of their chronological age group Home education Legal aid for educational law matters Managed Moves Mental health in schools National Curriculum at Secondary School Participation of young people in education, employment or training Radicalisation in schools and The Prevent Duty School admissions School admissions FAQ School attendance and absence School exclusion School meals School…

Arranging managed moves

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

Arranging managed moves

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

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

Schools Information Guides – For Schools only

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: 30th May 2016

What is it? The Child Law Advice Service now offers a schools information service. For a small fee, this service provides school professionals with detailed information about their legal rights and duties. Our aims are: To ensure that school professionals are in full understanding of their legal duties  To ensure that school professionals are clear on how to implement these legal duties To ensure that school professionals are aware of the relevant law, guidance, advice and legislation to rely upon. Please note the below information pages are for school professionals only   What we offer  We provide advice and information…

Summer Born Admission

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What is summer born admission?  All children born between 1 April and 31 August are referred to as 'summer-born children' for the purposes of school admission. Children ordinarily start school full-time (reception class) in the September following their fourth birthday. While the School Admissions Code requires school admission authorities to provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday, a child does not reach compulsory school age until the “prescribed day” following their fifth birthday (or on their fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). For children born between 1 September and 31 December, they…

Understanding home education

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This guide aims to clarify the law on home education, in particular any procedures parents must comply with if they wish to home educate, in which circumstances home education is not permitted and services available for parents who select this option.

Understanding home education

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This guide aims to clarify the law on home education, in particular any procedures parents must comply with if they wish to home educate, in which circumstances home education is not permitted and services available for parents who select this option.

Complaints to Independent Schools

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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,…

Information pages

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Abduction Accommodation for under 16s Adoption Advocacy Bullying Changing a child’s surname Child abuse Child Protection and the role of Children’s Services Child Protection Case Conference and Child Protection Plans Complaints to Academy Schools Complaints to Independent Schools Complaints to Maintained Schools Complaints to Schools Contact Contact with a child in care Direct Payments Disability discrimination in education Domestic abuse Education for children out of school Family and Friends Care Family mediation Hearings in the Family Court Home alone Home education Homelessness Litigants in Person  Local Authority duties towards children Parental responsibility Private fostering Residence School admissions School attendance and absence…

How-to Guides

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Appealing an Education Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational NeedsBullyingClaiming against disability discrimination in schoolsComplaints against children’s servicesComplaints to schoolsContactDeclaration of parentageEnforcement of an Order for contact or residenceSEN Needs Assessments & Education, Health and Care PlansParental responsibilityRemoval from JurisdictionResidenceSchool admission appealsSchool exclusionSpecial Guardianship OrderVariation and discharge of an order for contact or residenceIf you have any issues accessing your How to Guide following purchase, then please contact the team - clas@coramclc.org.uk who will be able to assist you. 

Managed Moves

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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.

Home education

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

Direction off-site for the improvement of behaviour

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This page outlines the power a school has to direct a pupil off-site to receive alternative educational provision in order to improve their behaviour.  Introduction  Section 29A Education Act 2002 is the relevant legislation in this area and this states the following:  “The governing body of a maintained school in England may require any registered pupil to attend at any place outside the school premises for the purpose of receiving educational provision which is intended to improve the behaviour of the pupil.” The legislation above does reference maintained schools and not academies. However, academies do have the power to direct…

Bullying

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 9th June 2015

This page provides information on the duties of schools and Local Authorities to prevent and tackle bullying in schools and action that can be taken by a parent or child to address bullying.

Access to information

Relevance: 9%      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. 

Schools Information Guides

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

What are they? The Child Law Advice Service offers a schools information service. For a small fee, this service provides school professionals with detailed information about their legal rights and duties in the form of our Schools Information Guides. Our aims are: To ensure that school professionals are in full understanding of their legal duties. To ensure that school professionals are clear on how to implement these legal duties. To ensure that school professionals are aware of the relevant law, guidance, advice and legislation to rely upon. We do not offer: A mediation service Representation Over the phone/Email or face…

Child employment

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: 26th August 2016

This page explains the law on children and young people working including how old a child or young person must be to work, what type of work they can do and the maximum amount of hours they can work.

Dealing with Parental Responsibility disputes

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Schools can sometimes find themselves in the middle of disputes between parents. This information page is to provide advice to schools on parental disputes and relevant court orders.

Dealing with Parental Responsibility disputes

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Schools can sometimes find themselves in the middle of disputes between parents. This information page is to provide advice to schools on parental disputes and relevant court orders.

Fair Access Protocol

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This page provides information on access to education through a Fair Access Protocol, how and when it can be triggered, and the process for doing so. What is a Fair Access Protocol? Fair Access Protocols ensure that all schools in an area take a fair and balanced approach when admitting vulnerable children, including those whose behaviour has been challenging. All schools (including Academies) must agree and participate in the Fair Access Protocol and will be expected to admit children above their published admissions number if the school is already full. Every local area is required to have a Fair Access Protocol in…

Addressing Domestic Abuse in schools

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This page provides information on the duties of schools to identify and tackle domestic abuse, including examples of good practice.

Addressing Domestic Abuse in schools

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on the duties of schools to identify and tackle domestic abuse, including examples of good practice.

Supporting Mental Health in schools

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This page provides information on how you can support children and young adults experiencing mental health difficulties and when a mental health difficulty can be considered a disability or Special Educational Need.

Sexting

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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.

Supporting pupils’ mental health in schools

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information on how you can support children and young adults experiencing mental health difficulties and when a mental health difficulty can be considered a disability or Special Educational Need.

Preventing and tackling bullying

Relevance: 7%      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: 7%      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.

Transport

Relevance: 7%      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.

Complaints to Academy Schools

Relevance: 7%      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…

Legal Aid for educational law matters

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: 11th March 2016

This page provides information on getting publically funded legal assistance for educational law matters such as discrimination, special educational needs or judicial review. It explains what legal aid is, when it is available and the type of help it covers.

Mental health in schools

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: 16th November 2015

This page provides information on how schools can support children and young adults experiencing mental health difficulties and when a mental health difficulty can be considered a disability or Special Educational Need.

Providing for Special Educational Needs

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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: 6%      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.

Discrimination in Education

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: 16th December 2016

This page provides information on what constitutes discrimination and explains the duties of education providers to not discriminate against pupils based upon protected characteristics.

Parental responsibility

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: 27th May 2015

This page explains the law on parental responsibility, what this means in practice and how a person can acquire parental responsibility.

Complaints to schools

Relevance: 6%      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.

Radicalisation in schools and The Prevent Duty

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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.

Dealing with exclusions

Relevance: 6%      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: 6%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

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

Complaints to Maintained Schools

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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.…

Disability discrimination in education

Relevance: 6%      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.

How-to Guides purchase options (old membership options page)

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Our How-to Guides provide information that is not available elsewhere on our website. These guides provide step by step instructions on how to try to resolve your issue. Pricing You can buy an annual subscription to the Child Law Advice website for £20, which will give you access to all of our guides for a period of one year or you can buy individual guides for £2. How does it work? Annual subscriptions and individual guides are purchased through PayPal. You don't need to have a PayPal account in order to use this service - you can pay with any standard debit or credit…

Advocacy

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page explains the role of a child advocate, who can represent the wishes and feelings of children in local authority care. It explains who is entitled to an advocate and the expected standards of an advocate.

Home-alt

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 3rd December 2015

Please see our Christmas Holidays FAQ page for information regarding child arrangements at Christmas.  Child Law Advice is operated by Coram Children's Legal Centre. We provide specialist advice and information on child, family and education law to parents, carers and young people. For full terms and conditions of our service please click here Feedback We constantly evaluate our services and would like to hear your views on how we have performed. Please fill in our short survey and let us know how we did. Thank you. Take our survey Family This section provides legal information and advice on family and…

How-to Guides

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What are they? How-to Guides offer additional information not found in our free information pages. They should be read alongside the information pages. How does it work? Individual How-to Guides can be bought for £2 per guide. An annual subscription, allowing access to all the How-to Guides for a period of one year, can be bought for £20. All purchases are made through PayPal. Please note that you don't need to have a PayPal account to make a purchase - using the PayPal guest option, you can pay with any standard debit or credit card. Please be aware that unfortunately…

Special Educational Needs

Relevance: 5%      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.

Child Law Advice guides

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 30th May 2016

Our How-to Guides and Schools Information Guides provide information that is not available elsewhere on our website. These guides provide step by step instructions on how to try to resolve your issue. The guides can be purchased individually or by annual subscription. Child Law Advice Service is a registered charity. All proceeds from the sale of these guides is used to fund our charitable work. To purchase How-to Guides   click here To purchase Schools Information Guides (for school professionals only) click here If you have already purchased an annual subscription and have been redirected to this page, please make sure…