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School Exclusion Appeals in Scotland

If your child has been excluded from school, and you disagree with this decision, you are entitled to appeal. Your child may also have a right to appeal if they are over 16. We understand that, as a parent you may be feeling anxious and confused about your options, but most of all concerned for your child.

Our Education Lawyers have helped many families prepare robust appeals following a school's decision to permanently or temporarily exclude. We have extensive knowledge of what is required for an effective appeal and will work hard to ensure your case has the best chance of success.

This will undoubtedly be a worrying time. Our overall aim is to help you get your child back to school with minimal delay and disruption to their education and everyday life. To discuss your matter with one of our Education Law Solicitors, please contact us.

How does the appeals process work?

First, you will need to write to the local council to let them know you wish to appeal. Your appeal will be considered by the council’s Education Appeal Committee (EAC) within 28 days of receiving your letter.

You must explain the reasons why you believe your child’s exclusion was not justified and provide evidence in support of this. Our Education Lawyers have prepared many successful school exclusion appeals on behalf of our clients. We have an acute understanding of what information should be included and how it should be framed. You have a right to be present at the EAC appeal hearing and to be represented by your lawyer.

Although there is no time limit for this type of appeal, to resolve the matter quickly and limit the impact on your child’s education, it is best to do act without delay.

What happens if my appeal is successful?

If the EAC agrees with your appeal, your child can return to school (if they have not already done so or if the exclusion was permanent) and the school must remove details of the incident from your child’s records.

What happens if my appeal is unsuccessful?

If the EAC supports the school’s decision to exclude your child, you have a further right to appeal to the sheriff court. This must be done within 28 days of receiving the EAC’s decision. The procedures involved here are more complicated. Our Education Law Solicitors will explain these to you clearly and use our skills and experience in this area to provide robust representation of your case before the court. 

Contact our Education Law Solicitors in Glasgow & Edinburgh, Scotland

Appealing a school’s decision to exclude your child can be challenging. Our Education Lawyers are here to help you, working at all times in the best interests of your son or daughter. We will guide you throughout the appeals process and advise you on the most effective way to achieve your desired outcome. To arrange your free* consultation, contact our Education Law Team today on 0808 168 5822 or complete our online enquiry form.

*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.

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