I am debating whether to pursue a case of discrimination. Following a FOI request there is a lot of useful info from within the LA paperwork and I also have e-mails from various professionals which would strengthen my case. Can this all be used for tribunal or would you have to request the permission of the e-mail providers? Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks Star. The purpose would be to show that they had already admitted that they couldn't meet needs and were considering exclusion several weeks before they actually did so. Also notes showing that there was a discussion around the DDA implications and an admission that all bases were being covered in case of any claim.
Sorry, not made myself very clear. Statement has been issued and all of my amendments were agreed and a new placement agreed at an independent school. The tribunal would relate to a discrimination claim only. If we were to go ahead, it would be for failure to make reasonable adjustments. The child was also removed from the school register before any disciplinary hearing could take place and before the issuing of the statement so they clearly had no intention of having the child return there.
Because they excluded due to disability and I wouldn't wish other families to go through the distress we've had to. As I say, it's only a consideration at the moment - have several months left to think about it all.
I have some negative feelings towards the school that my child is in and currently going through the statement process and looking to move them to special school. For the sake of my older child, my health and our family wellbeing as a whole, I am going to walk away. I admire anyone who has the guts to see it through and I think you have a point about making a stand for all other families. I would love to change the world too.
Well, any apology would probably be given so grudgingly that it wouldn't be worth having. The other issue is that we still have to work with the LA so any action against one of their highly rated schools would probably lead to some kind of backlash in the future. Maybe I should hold on to what I know has happened so I can't be screwed over again so easily.
dailynamechanger - I am also mindful of the risk on the family by trying to fight for any sense of justice which may never be achieved. It's all so hard but I know that everyone on this board has had a rough time and many have gone through a lot worse than we've had to endure.
spent money on training / SEN coffee mornings / an equalities audit (or whatever) rather than on legal fees and compensation.
The head office bod won't admit to you that school was wrong, but they may well put a rocket up the HT's a***. Especially when they realise that reasonable adjustments are (by definition) cost effective, wheras the discrimination is now costing them £50k+ every year in special school fees for your dc.
Nice idea Mareeya but the LA know I have a strong case and will defend the school to the hilt. They asked if I really wanted to waste months of my time by going to court . I pointed out that as other battles have taken years a few months is nothing in the scheme of things.
But people who backstab parents are usually none-too-reliable to their colleagues either. Funny handshakes and corporate friendships notwithstanding . So pointing out how the budget got blown whilst stirring some sh*t at the top of an organisation sometimes results in trickle-down .