“Mummy’s on a conference call!”: Private schools and education fees during COVID-19 – what are your obligations? - Kuits Solicitors Manchester
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“Mummy’s on a conference call!”: Private schools and education fees during COVID-19 – what are your obligations?

“Mummy’s on a conference call!”: Private schools and education fees during COVID-19 – what are your obligations?

1st April 2020 - Published by Kathryn Parrish

The reality of school closures until further notice means that many parents are facing the possibility that their children may not return to school before the end of summer, meaning they will have to be home schooled for the rest of the academic year – a daunting thought for parents, educators and students alike.

At present, parents are juggling their own remote working schedule with trying to properly home school their children. Whilst this is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of flexible and remote working, it can feel somewhat limited by the constant requests for snacks from smaller children and the parental guilt of how much time has been spent on the iPad – even if CBeebies can be educational! Although different, the pressures on parents of older children are equally as challenging – time to refresh your knowledge of Pythagoras’ Theorem.

On top of these challenges, some parents are also finding themselves being asked to make payment of summer term fees for private and/or boarding schools, even though their child has not been physically attending school. This has led to parents disputing that this is not what they signed up for – or is it?

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer for this. It will depend on the individual contract between the parents and education provider, and whether it contemplated the current crisis.

If you are temporarily struggling to meet your child’s school fees because of the financial impact of COVID-19 on your family/income, or simply want to understand contractually what your position is in terms of paying school fees, then please do not hesitate to contact Kathryn Parrish on 0161 838 8160 or by emailing kathrynparrish@kuits.com.

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