“A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.”
The Education Act, 1870, was set-up to manage education for children on a national scale. Today there are many of Education Acts which manage the provisions of our children within the school system.
Relevant Education Law
The Education Act 1996
The Education Act 2002
The Education Act 2011
Discrimination in Education
It is an offence for any education provider in the public or private sector, to discriminate against pupils on grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and religion or belief when admitting or creating access or benefits or services in education.
There are some exceptions to the rule:
“This is at the heart of all good education, where the teacher asks students to think and engages them in encouraging dialogues, constantly checking for understanding and growth.”
Certificate of SEN (Special Education Needs)
The Education Act of 1996, recognises SEN – a child is considered as having special educational needs if they a learning difficulty which requires special educational provision, more than the average child.
To be a SEN pupil:
Children with a Certificate of SEN should be educated in mainstream school, provided:
The Governing Body, should recognise a child with ‘special educational needs’ and:
Sex Education in Schools
You may, for Religious reasons, not wish your child to part-take in sex-education within the younger years. Under the Education Act 1996, you are therefore able to convey this request to the school concerned, and they will remove your child from these classes.
The Education act 1996 specifically states:
“If the parent of any pupil in attendance at a maintained school requests that he may be wholly or partly excused from receiving sex education at the school, the pupil shall, except so far as such education is comprised in the National Curriculum, be so excused accordingly, until the request is withdrawn.”
For pupils within secondary school, from Year 7 onwards, sex education becomes compulsory, as it is part of the National Curriculum. You can withdraw your child from certain classes which ‘directly’ teach sex education, however, you will not be able to remove them from biological science classes which teach the natural order of topics such as menstruation, fertilisation and birth.
Key aspects of The Education Act, 2011
The Education Act of 2011, was the first shake up of education law by the Coalition Government. It provides schools and teachers with further rights, which may be viewed as a breach of privacy for the pupil concerned however, with issues such as cyber-bullying on the rise, schools will now be given powers of search, without consent.
Remember though, you will need to address you concerns to the school first before you initiate a complaint with the Department of Education.