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Has she been in trouble before? Is that the only reason because they say she lied about this? Does the college have a policy?
she has been in trouble - minor- but all based around problems with her english teacher. The college (I went to a meeting) said that the teacher did not feel supported by the college and hence an independent adult was placed in the class during the lessons to see where the problem lay. The report back indicated that there was indeed conflict between the two, but it was the teacher instigating it. However we accepted a warning and agreed to a meeting between the faculty, the teacher and my daughter to see if we could find a solution. My daughter was asked not to come in to college for two days whilst they arranged the meeting. When she went in 2 days later they pushed her into a meeting where she was told that she had missed lessons. Also that she had lied about taking time off previously to attend a funeral. That she had broken the colleges code of conduct. Jessy got upset and tried to verbally defend the accusations and was escorted off college grounds. The college then conntacted my wife and informed her as previously written that she was a poor mother who had raised a liar and indeed was a liar herself!
1) Every organisation must publish a complaints process. Check the organisation’s website or ask them to give you a copy. You need to follow this process.
2) If you are not happy with how the complaint is handled you can contact the Skill Funding Agency. They are independent and can examine your complaint for free. Their website is: http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/
You need to contact them within 3 months of the matter to make a complaint otherwise you would be out of time
3) Contact the Complaints Adjudicator if you’re unhappy with how the Skills Funding Agency has dealt with your complaint.
Their details are: Complaints AdjudicatorLegal and Information ComplianceSkills Funding AgencyCheylesmore HouseQuinton RoadCoventryCV1 2WT
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
ok, agreed , but no "deformation of character" legal action? In honesty I dont want legal action but I dont want to be unarmed either. I just want my daughter to finish off the final few weeks of college,. She sits her A levels in 12 weeks (approx), or should do.
If you wanted to maybe yes. But you would have to pay approx £10,000 in legal fees to issue proceedings in the High Court to bring that sort of action and you would not get legal aid because of recent changes in legal aid.
Thank you. Very informative. As I said, I do not intend to take legal action but like to know that I do have some back up. the reality is that if they expell her officially there is little I could do. I just need them to think hard to get her throught the last few weeks.
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