Schools and other education providers must not discriminate against their pupils and students. If you are a parent or pupil who believes a school has acted in a discriminatory way, you may be able to take legal action. Discrimination is a complex area of law and so professional advice from an Education Law Solicitor, with direct experience in discrimination claims, is vital.
At Complete Clarity Solicitors, we have supported many families in these matters, helping them to get the outcome they want – whether that be an apology, change in policy or financial compensation. We understand you may be feeling anxious and confused about your options, but most of all for your child. To discuss your circumstances with our team, please get in touch.
What can you do if your child has been discriminated against by a school?
Some issues can be resolved informally by talking about your concerns to the relevant teaching staff. If this is unsuccessful, however, you can formally complain using the school’s or local authority’s complaints procedure. If you are unhappy with the outcome of this, you may wish to make a discrimination claim against the school in the sheriff court or, if your claim is about disability discrimination, to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal. In both cases, your claim must be made within six months from the date the discrimination occurred.
How can we help you with your discrimination claim?
Our Education Lawyers can assist you at any stage of the process. You may be unsure about whether your child has experienced unlawful discrimination. You might also want to know more about the complaints and court processes and which course of action is right for you. We will listen carefully to your circumstances and wishes and provide clear advice on your options.
Once you have decided how to proceed, we will support you and take a persistent approach to achieve your desired outcome. We believe mediation (and other forms of alternative dispute resolution) provides a highly effective way of resolving discrimination matters, and can also save you the time, stress and costs often involved in court proceedings. However, if mediation fails to produce a satisfactory outcome, you can take your matter to court. Indeed, in some circumstances, court action may be the best way to resolve the issue.
Contact our Education Law Solicitors in Glasgow & Edinburgh, Scotland
If a school or other education provider has discriminated against your child, we understand you may be feeling disappointed and upset. We are here to advise you at this challenging time and help you to achieve the best possible outcome quickly and with minimal disruption to your child’s education. To arrange a free* consultation with one of our Education Lawyers, please call us on 0808 168 5822 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.
*Your first one-hour consultation with us is £50 ex. VAT. Should you then instruct us to act for you in the matter within 90 days, we will deduct £50 ex. VAT from your fees.