If you disagree with decisions being made about you and your support at school, here are 3 ways of finding a solution which works for everyone.

Step 1: Try talking….

Your first step is to try talking to an adult at school that you trust about your worries. This could be your class, guidance or learning support teacher.

Step 2: Advocacy

If you’re finding it difficult to get your point across about the support you get at school, advocacy could help you speak up.

An advocacy worker can help let others know how you are feeling and what you want to say.

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Step 3: Dispute Resolution 

If talking to the school doesn’t make things better and you still disagree with the support you’re receiving, you still have more options.

You, your parents or carers and the school or local council might need help to solve the problem.

This is called Dispute Resolution. A Dispute is a disagreement or argument. A Resolution is a way to fix something.

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3 different types of dispute resolution used to sort out disagreements with schools:

  1. Mediation
  2. Independent Adjudication
  3. The Additional Support for Learning Tribunal

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Need help to sort out a disagreement with the school?

If you disagree with the support you get at school, you can find out more about dispute resolution and how to use your rights from the My Rights, My Say service.

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