Bullying In School: How To Talk To Your Local Authority

14/11/2014 15:36 | Updated 22 May 2015

Bullying in school: How to talk to your Local Authority

If you have spoken to your child's school about your concerns, but are still unhappy, you can also take your complaint to your school's Local Authority or Director of Education. They will need to look at your complaint, the details of all the actions set out by the school, headteacher and governing body, and then base any decisions made and present them in the form of recommendations and report these back, in full, to all parties, normally within 20 days (this does depends on individual Local Authorities).

If you have exhausted all possibilities and official avenues of complaint, and still remain unhappy with decisions or recommendations made, then you may seek further representation by approaching the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, schools inspection body Ofsted or the Local Government Ombudsmen.

If you are going to contact your Local Authority, here are some recommendations:

If you are unsure of the initial approach to take, try to be calm and non-confrontational with the school in question. This may help keep things constructive and keep the school on your side.

If you are unhappy about the way you are being treated or communicated with, keep a record of each time this has happened.

If you feel you are being blocked for any manner of reasons, be calm, but persist in reaching who it is you need to speak to.

If you talk to anybody on the telephone, always make a note of the time, date and get their name

When communicating in writing, keep copies of everything.

If necessary, make sure you copy the appropriate parties into any correspondences.

You are the parent, it is your son or daughter that you are worried about and if you are not satisfied or in your opinion feel you have been treated unfairly, don't stop. Keep going!


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