Does anyone know if you are able to obtain your child's absence figures through the LA? School had ds on part-time hours for almost a year with no work supplied. The end of year absence record showed that he had been recorded as being 'educated elsewhere'. When I queried this I was told that it was a 'genuine mistake' and an amended record was then sent. I would like to find out whether the official records were amended too.
Tethers - it was due to his behaviour apparently (SEN) and it went on a lot longer than it should have. LA were fully aware but totally supported the school in whatever they did and claim that they are 'as inclusive as you can get' apparently . When he eventually went full time at our insistence they said that they couldn't meet his needs and permanently excluded.
I'm not a lawyer, but you could have challenged the part time timetable as an illegal exclusion- without knowing any of the details, this could also be grounds to challenge the permanent exclusion, should you wish to.
I would get legal advice if you are planning to appeal the permanent exclusion.
Yes, by a bit fishy I also meant diagraceful and on shaky legal ground potentially.
I think if you called up one of the support orgs they may tell you that 'education otherwise' is something some LAs/ schools are keen to 'encourage' SEN kids/parents into to get them partly off the books
It may also be worth bearing in mind that LAs and schools have recently recieved new DfE guidance which discourages flexi-schooling because there are, it says, inadequate funding mechanisms to support it and no clear legal basis for doing it..... perhaps that is another reason for school/LA to try and deny you have had a flexischooling arrangement
It mihht be the day to day responsiblity of the school to deliver agreed support but IIRC it is down to LA to make sure statemented provision is delivered. They have the legal duty re statement being fulfilled. think you really would benefit from specialist advice.
Re Flexi, yes, I think to date it has been considered fine if head agrees with it, but current administration wants to change things.