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What are your Young Person’s rights with regard to Higher Education?

What are your Young Person’s rights with regard to Higher Education?

As a paralegal working in the field of higher education law, I have seen first-hand the importance of understanding student rights and responsibilities. In the UK, higher education is governed by a complex system of legislation and regulations, and it can be difficult for students to navigate the legal landscape. In this blog post, I will provide a guide to UK higher educational law, focusing on the rights and responsibilities of students.

Firstly, it is important to note that higher education providers have a duty of care towards their students. This means that they have a responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, and to take reasonable steps to ensure that students are not exposed to harm or risk. This duty of care extends to both academic and non-academic aspects of student life, including accommodation, welfare, and pastoral care.

In addition to this duty of care, students have a number of legal rights when it comes to their education. One of the most important of these is the right to a fair and impartial assessment of their work. This means that assessments must be carried out in accordance with the provider’s policies and procedures, and that students must be given a clear explanation of how their work will be assessed.

Students also have the right to access information about their courses and their providers. This includes information about the course content, the teaching staff, and the provider’s policies and procedures. Providers are required to make this information available to students in a clear and accessible format, and to provide support to students who require additional assistance (such as a reader, coloured ink or background, large font or brail).

Students have the right to complain. If a student feels that they have been treated unfairly or that their rights have been infringed, they have the right to make a complaint. Providers are required to have a complaints procedure in place, and to provide support to students who wish to make a complaint. A copy of this procedure is often found on the provider’s website, or can be requested from their office.

Alongside these rights, students also have a number of responsibilities when it comes to their education. These include attending classes and lectures, completing assignments on time, and adhering to the provider’s policies and procedures. Students are also expected to behave in a respectful and appropriate manner towards their peers and staff, and to act in accordance with the provider’s code of conduct. If your young person has special educational needs or a disability, there will be some flexibility with regard to this.

Most importantly to a young person in receipt of an education health and care plan, this plan can endure until they are 25 years old and can be carried with them into education or training for work. The government also provides work coach funding and funding for other reasonable adjustments to get young people with special educational needs or disabilities work ready if this is within their capacity.

Understanding the rights and responsibilities of students is essential for navigating the complex legal landscape of UK higher education. As a paralegal working in this field, I have seen the importance of providing support to those who require it. By working together, we can ensure that students receive the high-quality education that they deserve, in a safe and supportive environment.
If your Young Person has an Education Health and Care Plan, or has had in the past and it has been ceased and you would like to speak to an expert regarding extra help , please do not hesitate to contact me on 01323 404835 or