North East Law Centre has operated an Education Advice Service for several years targeted at vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. The service provides advice and support around school admission appeals, exclusion reviews, home-school transport, objections to the Schools Adjudicator and complaints to the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman.
Our Education Advice Service
The demand for the service has significantly increased in the past year, specifically around school admission appeals and school exclusions, as parents with school aged children are systematically denied access to justice because they are unaware of their rights.
With funding from the AB Charitable Trust and The Community Foundation Wellesley service is now better integrated with all our other services to provide a more holistic, family-centred support and assistance to meet the needs of our beneficiaries and their families. The service also adopts a rights-based approach to improve the school admission experience for all parties and to help reduce exclusion, isolation, bullying and the impact of domestic violence on children and young people’s education.
How is the service accessed?
To meet increasing demand for the service, we are launching a dedicated Education advice line from 1 October 2020 to operate every Tuesday between 1:00pm – 2:00pm from our mainline 0191 2304777. The service will be ran by our Education Paralegal Helen, and can provide one-off advice or limited casework to anyone in the North East on:
- School admissions appeals
- School exclusions
- Home-school transport
- Objections to the Schools Adjudicator and complaints to the Ombudsman
- Signposting to access Special Educational Needs and Disability advice and support
- Support to access other Education resources
- Support to access pro bono advice and casework in other areas including discrimination
If you would like any further information on this project, please get in touch on the details below.