When there is a right to mediation, the letter the Local Authority sends you, informing you of the decision triggering a right to mediation, must set out your right of appeal to a Tribunal, as well as your right to mediation. It must also contain the contact details of your area’s mediation service and the timescales to contact this service.
If you’re appealing to the Tribunal, you must obtain a mediation certificate in most appeals. You don’t have to engage in mediation to obtain the mediation certificate, but you must at least contact the mediation company for them to discuss mediation options with you. You must contact the mediator within 2 months from the date on the decision letter. If you don’t, they won’t be able to issue you with a mediation certificate.
What Happens after Mediation?
After mediation is concluded or if you inform the mediation company you don’t want to engage in it, you’ll be issued a mediation certificate within 3 working days by the mediator.
You don’t have to agree to the outcomes from mediation if you aren’t happy with what’s being proposed.
Furthermore, you can take some time after mediation to consider what’s being proposed and get legal advice from one of our specialist Education Solicitors.
If there is agreement on outcomes following mediation, the terms should be drawn up and signed, and all parties involved should comply with them. If agreement couldn’t be reached, your right to appeal isn’t affected, which means you can still proceed to appeal to the Tribunal.