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Student Matters

Student Matters in Further Education

Our experienced team of further education lawyers recognise that further education and sixth form colleges must have regard to an increasing number of matters when dealing with students, and in some cases their parents.

Our team provides specialist legal advice and support on a broad range of student matters, from safeguarding to exclusion.

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Safeguarding and Child Protection

We can advise on a full range of issues relating to safeguarding and child protection for both under 18s and for vulnerable adults who form part of the diverse FE student body.

Equality, Diversity and Disability

With the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014 further education and sixth form colleges are now covered by the legislative SEN Framework. We can advise on a full range of equality matters including disability, SEN and learning difficulties, and the funding of the provision required to meet a student's specific identified needs. We can also provide legal advice relating to the assessment process and to those who need assistance once an appeal in respect of an EHC plan has been lodged with the First-tier Tribunal.

Policies and Inspection

We are able to offer a range of template policies and procedures which are specifically designed to reflect the legal requirements of further education and sixth form colleges.


We regularly advise on complaints that are brought by students and parents, from the first expression of a concern through to a formal complaints panel hearing.

Suspension and Exclusion

The decision to suspend or exclude is one of the most serious that can be taken in respect of a student; we can advise on all aspects of the suspension and exclusion process and provide a full service to the Appeal Panel, including the clerking, appointment and training of Appeal Panel members.

For specialist advice on further education student issues, please contact Tracey Eldridge-Hinmers on 020 7665 0802.

Client service is excellent both in terms of the quality of legal advice and responsiveness to enquiries. Matters are dealt with promptly and we have felt genuinely looked after. They are very communicative and flexible.

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