Education Law

This service is provided by volunteers and is only available where we have volunteer availability.

What we do

We offer specialist education law advice to the people of Newcastle and the surrounding areas. Areas of advice include:

  • school admission appeals
  • exclusion appeals
  • appeals relating to home-school transport
  • complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman or Education Funding Agency

This is a small service for which we receive no funding. It is therefore targeted at people on low incomes. Appointments are only available on Mondays.

We offer one-off advice and may be able to offer a casework service depending on our capacity.

What we don't do

Unfortunately we are not currently able to advise on special education needs including:

  • statements of special educational need
  • Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
  • appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST)

If you are looking for advice in this area, please try one of the websites listed under Useful links.  If you need specific legal advice, you could contact a solicitor.

We don't advise schools.

How to contact us

Appointments are booked in advance and offered on a Monday only.  Usually we offer telephone appointments first.  Please call the office on 0191 230 4777 or email on [email protected] if you would like one.

At the earliest opportunity it is useful for us to know your child’s name and permanent address, the school in question and also to see a copy of the decision letter issued by the school or local authority.