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I haven't been in a school for a year

I was pulled out of my high school last year because I was bullied. We have looked at schools, a lot of them I don't really fit into, and the governor-like people haven't got in contact with us yet, its been almost a year since I was pulled out, I have had online education for 5 months though. I'm unsure if I'll ever go back to school, I have coped by spending loads of time on my computer, I really need help on how to deal with this, I haven't been in an actual school lesson for almost a year. What can I do?

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Hi there,

Everyone has a right to an education and the Local Education Authority (LEA) is in charge of making sure that happens. Your parents or carers should contact the LEA to get help if they’re not having any success finding a school that’s right for you.

If schools or the LEA aren’t working with you, then your parents or carers can get some free legal advice.

The LEA is responsible for all schools in their area and how they're run. They must find a school for you if you're struggling to find one yourself and they should take into consideration what school would be right for you.

It's rare that any school is absolutely perfect so it's important to decide what is most important to you in the school you go to. Try and think about what it is you're looking for in your next school and make a list of the things that matter most. Doing this will help you choose the right school for you, even if it's not perfect.

If you have been in touch with schools but they are being slow to respond and make decisions then you, or your parent/carer, could get some advice on your rights. A good place to do that would be through the local Citizens Advice Bureau.

And you can always contact our counsellors if you'd like to talk a bit more about how you feel.

I hope that helps, thanks for getting in touch.

Take care.


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