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David Welch | Education Law Barristers

DAVID WELCH’s legal practice includes legal challenges of decisions made by schools and other learning establishments. He is part of a team of experienced education law barristers.

David Welch’s education law practice includes dealing with issues concerning education funding, special educational needs, exclusions from educational establishments, improper selection processes by schools, inappropriate and discriminatory conduct by teaching establishments, disciplinary issues, chastisement and punishments, cheating and plagiarism allegations, the regulation and discipline of teachers, and cases brought against parents for the non-attendance of their children at school.

David Welch acts in cases concerning publicly funded and privately funded schools, universities and other educational establishments. He acts for children, families, students, schools and other learning establishments.

ADMISSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS: David advises parents on issues relating to school admissions and school exclusions and represents them at Independent Appeal Panel hearings and Governors’ Review Meetings. He also advises on legal and non-legal approaches to school bullying.

Education law covers an extremely wide range of topics such as school bullying, school transport issues, fee disputes with private schools, educating a child at home and school closure. These are just a few of the areas where David can provide legal advice and assistance to parents, schools and local education authorities.

SENDIST: David advises parents and local education authorities on issues relating to assessment of a pupil for a Statement of Special Educational Needs, and educational provision once a pupil has been statemented. He appears in the SENDIST Tribunal in both Disability Discrimination claims and SEN appeals.Claims handled include: the provision of aural aids for a pupil with SEN, disability discrimination in the refusal of a place on a school trip to a physically disabled pupil, and disability discrimination in examination conditions for an autistic spectrum pupil.

HIGHER EDUCATION: David provides advice on disciplinary and examination results disputes and internal appeals. Where permitted by the rules of the educational establishment he can provide assistance and representation at internal hearings and appeals. He also deals with Office of Independent Adjudicator (OIA) Complaints and Appeals.

GTCW (Wales) / NCTL (England): In tandem with his experience in professional regulatory work, legal help and representation can be provided to teachers who have been referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for Misconduct, and General Teaching Council of Wales (GTCW).