School Exclusion Project: free legal representation

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The School Exclusion Project provides free legal representation to challenge permanent school exclusion. Their volunteer representatives provide totally free advice and representation at all stages of the exclusion process.They specialise in cases involving SEN and disability. Just received an exclusion letter? Confused? Need advice or representation? Get in touch with them to access support quickly. SEP provide advice and representation at the point of exclusion, at Governing Body Hearings, Independent Review Panels and First Tier Tribunals.

This service/ support is offered by Postgraduate students at City University who are given training on the law of school exclusions and disability discrimination by Sarah Hannett, the barrister director, who has expertise in each of these fields. Each student is then assigned to a barrister mentor at Matrix Chambers. These practitioners, ranging from QCs to more junior practitioners, are all people with experience of running education cases.

These students are managed by a team of dedicated student directors. These six students are responsible for the day-to-day running of the project‟s cases, and for all of the outreach and publicity work. The student chair of the project is Alice Bacon and profiles of the other student directors can be found on their website.

The SEP website offers a wealth of other resources such as ‘A guide to school exclusion’ ‘Know your rights’ explanations and ‘Quick Help’ for checklists and a ‘Young Persons Guide”.

Go to the School Exclusion Project website for more information at
www.schoolexclusionproject.com

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