Discrimination At School

A secure learning environment is something that every child is entitled to and deserves. Children and young people can, nevertheless, experience discrimination at school connected to:

  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity

Disability discrimination claims against schools are filed with (a) the SEND Tribunal in England or (b) the Education Tribunal (ETW) in Wales. The County Court is where all other allegations of discrimination against schools are filed.

Discrimination within schools can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Discrimination arising from disability
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation
  • Failure to make reasonable adjustments

Disability discrimination in schools may occur in a variety of circumstances, such as:

  • School Admission Decisions
  • Permanent exclusions
  • Requests for exam adjustments
  • School excursions
  • Tests, exams, and other assessments
  • Use of school facilities.

The general rule is that claims must be filed within six months of the claimed prejudice (or six months from the last act if the discrimination is ongoing). It is essential that you are aware of the Tribunal’s criteria before submitting your claim so that you may be sure that (a) the correct papers have been filled out and (b) solid reasons and supporting documentation are provided.

Our Education Tribunal solicitors can guide you through the complicated procedures and present your case in the best light. We can assist by creating strong grounds and collecting the evidence you need to support your claim.

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